Bedouin Full Moon evening in the Sinai & Red Sea.

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Flag of Egypt  , Red Sea and Sinai,
Monday, March 29, 2010

March 29 2010 was the full moon a facinating time but even more magical as you can see nature interact with people. The water is calm but the following day the seas are rough. The light of the moon lights up everything in your path. To be in the Sinai at the Red Sea at full moon is an incredible experience but not my first.

This night we had a Bedouin evening organised by Sheikh Salem House where we were staying. They usually try and organise one every full moom which are different. Due to the fullmoon and the winds that pick up, the location was moved so that we would be away from the wind.

When you ask a Bedouin if they are Egyptian they answer No. I was speaking to one and said where are you from in Arabic and his answer was from the Desert. Not his town, village.

I asked another where are you from and the answer was Saudi Arabia, though they live in Egypt.
Bear in mind that the Sinai is really a special and different part of Egypt and its history and way of life as well as it location makes this place completely different from the rest of Egypt.

If you visit just Cairo, then you have not seen Egypt. If you see London you have not seen the UK and if you see Paris then you have not seen France though many Americans think so.

The Sinai and Bedouins are unlike Egyptian from Cairo who speak very loudly on their phones and you can here them coming kilometers away. In fact during the Easter long weekend I could immediately tell who was from Cairo.lolol

Bedouins are quite, soft spoken, slow moving and the Arabic is not always easy to understand. Everyone knows everyone and its a different way of life, food is different, music is different, dress, manners.

Since you are not going to experience the music and bedouins just anywhere then this is a great opportunity to experience a bedouin evening.

We arrived and parked outside where the camels of the bedouin muscians. We laughed as one of the muscians arrived and departed on his camel like Cinderella, except that he had a spare camel with him.
There was a fire going, the sand on the beach was covered with Bedouin carpets, cushions and logs of date trees covered with carpet. Small tables with water and candels. The Sheiks and other bedouin men sat with us all. Naturally not a single bedouin woman to be found.
The Musicans were sitting under a tent and began playing music.
Bedouin music ( depending which tribes of bedouin) sounds like Khalijee ( Gulf Arab music but not quite). The dance is also different.
I was lucky enough to learn it from both the men and the women as I was very curious what the influence were.

Sweetened Bedouin tea kept flowing. The tea is served in small classes and has herbs and spices which give this tea an incredible flavour not found anywhere else. The drink so much of the tea most bedouins teeth go almost black in colour in the front. The stains are almost carved into the teeth.

I was very lucky to have been able to enjoy this with new freinds. Laura from Italy, Paul from the UK, Miriam from Calgary, Isabelle my colleague from Montreal, Christoff from Belguim, Linda from New Zealand. Caroline who has been living in Cairo for over 12 years orginally from Australia was also there and she got up to dance with the bedouin muscians.

The bedouin men sitting on ether side of us near the beach were enjoying the evening as well with us.

The bedouins, sheiks, and bedouin muscians along with the guests from all over thought the evening was magical.

All of us got up to move to the groove of the bedouin music away from the musicians on the carpets covering the sand. I had a great time dancing with freinds because I love Khalijee music and there are certain similar character traits.

I especially loved watching the bedouin men dancing in together. I was mesmerised by their rythme and they looked great dressed with heads covered, laughing and smiling to the music and beat.

Its seems all of the ladies at the bedouin full moon evening loved it the most. Some where too afraid to get up and move but eventually everyone got up and tried it. After all travel is about living the adventure and experiencing it as well.

Caroline helped people get up and move and try the dance.

Since this is one of the only ways to exeperience such an evening if you are there for a short time.. its a must try and will be done again April  for the full moon.

Alot of ladies wanted to learn how to dance and take Egyptian dance classes after this evening.
This can also be organised for those who want to through the below contact

Contact Nicole at Sheik Salem House  in Dahab  or Caroline for more informtion.

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