Moving on from the Coast
Trip Start Apr 08, 2009
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Where I stayed
Red Sea Realx Resort
Although I don't feel like I have quite had my fill of the red sea coast (in all honesty, I don't think anyone is really ready to move on from here when they leave), I am packing my bags and reluctantly wrapping up my time here in Dahab.
I met a few round-the world travelers (Andrew from Long Island, supreme giver of advice and the best listener I've every met), one fearless person persuing a Masters degree in 'the economics of peace in the middle east' (Todd from Toronto,my trusty director of photography on the Sinai trip and the only person I know who can get from one end of Isreal to the other with only a pack of cigarettes to his name), a Yoga teacher and beautiful young lady who lead early morning yoga sessions on our rooftop (Elena, from Baltimore.....my backside is killing me!), a take-no shit kind of lady who is keen on moving to Hawaii to learn the art of massage (Gaby, from Austria, may you find your happiness in Hawaii) and a few Australian deep sea dive-bums who have seen everything from the great barrier reef, to the coral lined shores to Thialand and now the deep caverns off the Red sea coast
Traveling certainly lifts the veil of discrimination and prejudice and blends people from around the world together like no other human activity. Most times you are crammed into a 6-12 person dorm room with these perfect strangers, sharing life stories - happy and sad, eating wonderful food, dissolving away the hours on shore-hikes and dips in the blue ocean and finding eachother despite all the time us travelers are supposed to be 'finding ourselves'.
It has truly been an experience here, a vacation from this amazing adventure. If any of you find yourselves in this neck of the woods at any given point in your life, I suggest a stop in Dahab. Its got the laid back feel of a beach in Mexico, the quiet atmosphere of an Indian Ashram, a nightlife that would rival the clubs of any downtown city (albeit, with a beach-bum attitude), and you can eat traditional, tasty Egyptian cuisine for less than $2.00 a day.
Its the perfect travelers paradise and has re-energized me for the rest of my trip.
I'm off today on a bus to Cairo, then to Athens and I find myself in Istanbul on June 9th.
Wish me luck,