End of the line

Trip Start Sep 07, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Monday, April 3, 2006

Today was my last full day here, tomorrow I head to Sharm to catch a plane back to England. The last few days have been amazing! I did a few more days of diving, including the Blue Hole and Canyon again. I rented an underwater camera one day, so I do have a few pics anyway. I also spent some time on the beach, mostly at the Lagoon which is at the other end of Dahab where all the fancy resorts like the Hilton are. It's a really long sandy beach, with lots of windsurfers around. A great place to chill for a few hours.

I also met some great people, and while we went out and did our own things during the day, in the evenings we would meet up for dinner and compare stories from the day. Last night we went to this great fish restuarant, you start by picking what you want to eat off a table of fresh fish, then they grill it and serve it with rice and various side dishes. I had grilled prawns and calamari, and I think the whole meal came to about $6!! Madness really.

Egypt has felt like a vacation on my vacation, staying in a hotel room, eating out at nice restaurants, lying on the beach in the sun, diving...it's been an amazing two weeks! Aside from some annoyance at constantly being approached by people and bombarded by questions, the people I've met have been very friendly and hospitable. I would definitely come back again!

**update: May 1, 2006:**
That first part I wrote while I was still in Dahab. Since then of course, there has been a shocking turn of events. Last week Dahab was bombed, and I think about 17 people were killed. I have heard from everyone I met there, and they are all safe, though very shaken up. On my trip there have been a few times where I have just left somewhere and there has been riots or bombs shortly after, but this one has really hit close to home for me. I must have walked past where the bombs went off about 50 times, and was in Ghazala market at least 10 times. It's unbelievable to me that people are capable of such devastation, and would choose to hurt innocent human beings. This trip has been about many things for me, but one of the things I will certainly take home is my eyes being opened, and looking at life from a new perspective, good or bad.
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