Only tourist left in town! - 12 - 25 Feb 2011
Trip Start Sep 09, 2010
46Trip End May 28, 2011
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Found a new public beach in Hurghada called Mojito Beach - it has a large bar area and looks pretty chilled out. We didn't sunbath just had a drink, but good to know for the future. We then went to the Marina - there is a bar on the corner called Papas HRG, it was showing the Manchester football derby. We sat and had a beer (just like being at home) Alaa was the only Egyptian punter…always a bit strange when its his country, everyone else is white and English, I wonder if any of them are aware of the momentous events of yesterday?
Sunday 13th February
Travelled back to Luxor. This is the first time ever, in the 15 months I’ve been coming to Egypt, that we have travelled this kind of distance and not been stopped at any check point
Monday 14th February
Happy Valentine’s Day. Alaa likes his aftershave and I get 2 pairs of 'key of life’ and cartouche shaped silver earrings. We went for a meal at Sinbad’s - well someone has to support it as there are no tourists around. We are the only couple there! I would have imagined that Luxor/the Nile would be quite a popular and romantic location for foreigner’s on Valentine’s Day - but alas, with no tourists it is a very quiet night in Luxor. I think I may well be the only western tourist left in town!
Tuesday 15th February
Since the fall of Mubarak some land near the Nile in West Bank has now become available to buy
The land available is 350,000 sqm, they want 70,000 LE that’s £7K and I"m not prepared to pay that.We are now looking at purchasing half the land. Hopefully without even laying one brick the price will increase and we could make some money. Alternatively this is where we can build a home and more apartments to rent or sell……It’s a bit scary to invest over here at this time, but we’ve just heard that the tourists will be returning next week, UK and other European countries are lifting their flight restrictions so charter flights will be coming back soon, which is great news and means the land is likely to get more expensive over time.
Wednesday 16th & Thursday 17th February
Definitely not getting the full plot but looks like I could soon be the owner of a carat 175 sqm of land in Ramala
Friday 18th February
A week today and I will be flying home. It will be strange to leave, I know I won’t want to leave as this is quickly turning into my second home, I have settled in and feel very comfortable here, albeit a little bored at times. But I now need to think about the next leg of my journey and then I can come back. I'm excited about the land, its in a good location and can become our home.
Sunday 19th February
One of my oldest friend’s Lin has had a baby girl Daisy Scarlett to go along with her 2 boys
Thursday 24th February
I go and see the plot of land again this time in the daytime. It’s down a quiet lane about a 5 minute walk from the Nile. It doesn’t really look like much, a piece of scrub land with some palm trees, but we met the owner of the plot next to us.He owns the Africa chain of restaurants in West Bank, so is a businessman. His land already has electricity, gas etc set up, so I think we might be able to piggy back off him. He seems nice and it sounds like he is only interested in building a restaurant so no high rise apartment blocks next to us. We go and see the family to say goodbye to the family. It's been lovely to get to know everyone - they are a lovely happy family.
Friday 25th February
My flight back to the UK is at 5pm, Hurghada is about 300km away so a good 3+ hour drive, Alaa says he wants us to leave early to give us plenty of time to get there. I suggest leaving about 10ish but he wants to go even earlier
Just as we approach Qena I sensed there was something wrong with the car. As we go over some speed humps it feels like the engine is about to peter out, but it kept going. This had never happened before….we go through the main road through Qena, full of hustle and bustle and general everyday life of Egypt…a scene a bit different to that which we saw a few weeks ago when we travelled to Hurghada during the revolution when the streets were empty of people. It is good to see that life has returned back to normal. As we head towards the desert road, the car does now peter out and we come to a standstill at the side of the road, luckily right by a shop so we can get some provisions for the journey ahead.
But now we are getting worried. There is definitely something a miss with the car and can we afford to head into the desert and break down in the middle of now-where. I begin to panic a bit inside about missing the flight. I’m going with EasyJet and their policy is that gates close no matter what an hour before departure and if you arrive after that than even if the plane isn’t there they won't let me on. It was 11am so the gate was opening for check in between 2 and 4pm, so we still have a few hours to sort things out. Alaa started the car and the engine sounded fine, but then as we drove off it just slowly petered out again as we slowed to go through the police check point. We pulled up and parked the car. I was relaxed and philosophical about it, if I missed the flight I missed the flight would just have to book another one.
Luckily Alaa has so many friends and he got onto his mobile straightaway and started making a few calls. The bonnet hood was up and about half a dozen man (some strangers but also some whom Alaa knew) stopped to give their advice and opinion on what was the cause. It looked to me like there was a problem with the fuel filter...One guy did offer to take us all the way, but by this time Alaa had called a friend who was close by came and picked us up