Shabbat in Eilat

Trip Start Nov 13, 2006
Trip End Oct 21, 2008

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Sunday, December 16, 2007

I spent Shabbat following in God's footsteps - by kicking back and admiring her handywork. And I beheld that it was good, very good; shoals of multicoloured fishes swimming in unison like tightly orchestrated armies, animals on the seabed only noticeable to the well trained eye, and me clonking about in my scubagear. The underwater world of animals were so suprisingly accepting that it was shameful to think that members of my species were right that second indiscriminately ravaging the seabed in in their hunt for ever dwindling fish stocks to satisfy our insatiable appetites for more. I was diving at a university research centre in the Red Sea. As we approached 15m the fishes became more sporadic but larger. The university were growing coral which acted as a feeding ground on the sea bed. On yesterdays dive I had seem the caves which were natural and more spectacular, but I wasn't complaining.  

Eilat is a tourist town at the southern tip of Israel with a beach on the northern point of the Red Sea. From there you can travel to the Saini in Egypt (Sharm el Sheikh is reputed to have the best diving in the world) or Jordan as it serves as a point where all 3 countries meet.

On Friday I had stayed after diving on the beach further south from all the sleazy tourist spots . I spent the afternoon relaxing at the beach restaurant which played chilled out music and made me a Caesar sald that I didnt like. This didnt really seem to matter though as I read a book and watched the waves gently crash to the shore. Divers would sporadically emerge and an Alsation dog kept on wading in. I thought he was enjpying a dip but when he started howling everytime someone came out of the water I realised he was missing his owner who had dissapeared into the sea - 30 painstaking minutes later they were finally reunited.
I bumped into Max - the American zionist I had met in Jerusalem - at the hostel and he came out with us on the friday night. well actually he invited himself out. He was quite young and hyperactive and acted like an attention seking younger brother. The combination of him, B, and I at dinner had Sandro (a Brazilian doctor) in hysterics. 

On Saturday I made the mistake of going to the main town beach area after my dive; with its loud pumping music and expensive prices, the only consolation was the sight of the girl sunbathing in front of me who had olive skin and toned body like you just wouldnt see in the UK (well ok I so happened to chose a sunbathing spotbehind her). I took the 5pm bus back to Tel Aviv where I bumped into Aaran, one of the interns from Massada (female despite the name), and we chatted on the bus ride home.
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