A week in Dahab

Trip Start Apr 27, 2010
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Egypt  , Red Sea and Sinai,
Saturday, July 24, 2010

I arrived in Dahab around midnight after 30+ hours traveling, including an hour or so getting lost in Cairo. Thankfully Nick and Kara had sent a cab for me, because there was no way I'd have been able to find the apartment with a random cabbie unless by some miracle he knew the place.

The next morning we explored the waterfront of the town. The beach near our place is quite dirty but the water is beautiful and we can see across to Saudi Arabia. Further along the shore a boardwalk begins and pretty soon we're in full blown tourist zone - Mostly restaurants and dive centres. We're keeping it pretty relaxed for the week, mostly just hanging out on our roof and going into town for meals and to explore.

A few days in we took a diving lesson - my first dive ever. It was pretty fun and by the end I was getting the hang of changing depths, but I have to say that diving's just not my kind of thing. I'd just as soon throw on the snorkeling gear and keep to the surface.

On our second to last night we took the 11pm bus to Mt Sinai and climbed through the night to see sunrise from the summit. Normally flashlights are required the whole way but it was a clear night and the full moon provided more than enough light. The path is pretty easy going so we ignore the men offering to take us up by camel. We reach the top after less than 3 hours and settle in, waiting for the sun to arrive. There are tons of people milling about, some sleeping while others chat. As the sky brightens I realise we probably won't have the best of views if we stay with the hordes at the very top, so we venture back down a little ways and find a quieter spot. We watch the sunrise, taking tons of pictures but also pausing to appreciate the moment. After the sun established itself it was time to head back down as our driver was keen to leave in good time. I decided I wanted to avoid the crowd so broke off from the group and took the "steps" route instead of the camel trail we had walked up. It was well worth it, if only to get away from most of the people. At the bottom we visited St Katherines monastery for a few minutes before heading back to Dahab.
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