The Red Sea

Trip Start May 24, 2009
Trip End Jul 20, 2009

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Flag of Egypt  , Red Sea and Sinai,
Saturday, May 30, 2009

So this has to be really short, unforunately because we are already WAY over our time limit at the internet cafe in Sharm El-Sheikh.  Fortunately we know the owner, so hopefully he will cut us some slack.

In any case, we decided to spend last night at Sharm El-Sheikh which is on the Red Sea, just across the Gulf of Aqaba from Saudi Arabia.  We arrived yesterday morning around 12:30am and had no place to stay.  We haggled our way to the downtown area and found an internet cafe.  We located a place to stay, a resort as it may be, which was only $25/night.  So we decided to check it out and see if we could book a room.  Before that we stopped off and had a chicken shawarma sandwhich (only 13 EGP) which was pretty good.  We also tried some cocounut cookies from the bakery, they were amazing!

So we took a taxi to the resort, and were told that we couldn't get the $25 price unless we booked online.  We tried to argue a bit, but to no avail.  So we discovered an internet cafe, and booked the room.  The only problem was, we couldn't book for that night, since check-in would technically be the day before.  So we went back hoping that the front desk would allow us to get the same rate for that night, as the one for the next night that we had booked online.  Unfortunately, he wouldn't let us.  So we ended up leaving and trying to find the beach to sleep on.  The only problem with that was that all the beaches here seem to be private beaches, and we couldn't get around the ridiculous hordes of security guards.  So we sat around for a few hours (until like 5 am) before deciding that we would just go to have a coke at the internet cafe.  Then we ended up sitting with the owner of the cafe and some of his friends enjoying a coke, then later tea, and lounging on the wonderfully plush benches.  We stayed talking with them until around 8:30. 

At that point we checked into our hotel early, and promptly went to sleep in our room.  As luck would have it, the air conditioning was broken and it was around 32.5 degree celcius!  Very hot.  So we had them move us to another room around 2:00 and then went off to the pool to get some lunch (pizzas that cost us 40 EGP each, but we got a pizza free as well).  After swimming at the pool we decided to head off to the beach, but again we had issues because it was all a bunch of private beaches.  We eventually ended up sneaking onto the Hilton's beach, and swam in the Red Sea there.  It was very pretty and clear, but a bit chilly and VERY salty.  Still a lot of fun though.  After this we went back to the hotel to get changed, watched some CNN, and then headed back into the old town where we got some dinner at a Chinese restaurant (13 EGP for chicken fried rice).  It was pretty good.  We looked around a bit, then headed to the same bakery from the night before to buy a 1/4 kilo of the coconut cookies.  Then we went home and went to sleep.  We had breakfast this morning at the hotel, which was ok, most egyptian food seems to be quite bland.  We then checked out and just wasted the whole day walking to the beach, watching some scuba diving, and walking around the shops.  I managed to get a little sunburn while we were out, but hopefully it won't turn out too badly.  Then we came here, and we are going to head to dinner in the old town (its 4:30 in the afternoon here) before going to the bus station to get our ticket back to Cairo.  Off to Amman tomorrow!

I'll try to write more soon, and I'm also trying to upload a couple of pictures from the pyramids, but I am having pretty bad luck so far.
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