A weekend at the Red Sea!

Trip Start Aug 20, 2005
Trip End Jun 2006

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Monday, September 5, 2005

This entry will be quick b/c I'm really tired and have classes tomorrow... but anyhow, I spent this past weekend at the Red Sea! We stayed at a Movenpick (a Swiss conglomerate) resort, a place that might have been the most lavish place I've ever stayed. And all this was part of our student orientation at American University in Cairo. Wow... I was a little blown away by the excess and pre-fab nature of El Gouna, the resort town where we stayed (literally, there was nothing else in the town except lavish resorts... no native residents that I saw), but, of course, I forgot all abt that when I saw the beautiful beach! Pure, clear water that looked a striking teal color from a distance, and pools and lagoons galore. Beautiful and amazing. I also went snorkeling and saw a sea turtle and some really neat fish! The whole weekend seemed a bit like a giant episode of a show like Big Brother, in that us AUC students were running around, playing at the resort (like reality TV... just w/o the cameras, haha), but I did end up making some friends by the end of the weekend. One night I went to a karaoke bar, too! That was fun, but the beach was by far the best... I just spent the whole first day on this floating raft out in the sea... And my giant sunburn at the end of the weekend was totally worth it ! :-)

Our bus ride there and back was also noteworthy... We drove through the desert for over 5 hours (I think -- I slept most of the time on the way there, and I slept on and off on the way back). The Red Sea was visible for much of the ride, but other than that we were surrounded only by sand on one side and very low, vegetation-less mountains on the other. And, our 6 AUC-sponsored buses got a security escort truck (courtesy of the Egyptian government) for part of the journey... I guess that's just standard procedure here.

Anyway, I just put up some pictures; they're pretty nice (I think), so enjoy them!
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