Climbing up, up and up Mt Sinai.
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The 7 hour bus ride that bought us into Sinai gave us a small bit of sleep ��" the kind that finds you resting your head against vibrating glass or constantly trying to keep your head upright by jerking your head back everytime you nod off. We needed every bit of energy for the climb that awaited us. For reasons our tour guide wouldn’t explain to us fully ��" we had a security guard accompany us through the desert to Sinai. He was the picture image of a bouncer back home ��" dressed in a suit but carrying a gun. Didn’t really make any of us feel more secure ��" rather the opposite. We couldn’t work out who or what he was supposed to protect us from ��" bandits or the police? Anyway, guns are everywhere in Egypt whether you’re wearing a suit, a police uniform or just casual clothes.
Back to Sinai though.....We set out to climb Mt Sinai around 3pm which had us walking in the shade for most of the trip which was great ��" middle of the desert and about 40 degrees in the sun otherwise. A few chose the camel option but I already was dressed for a game of beach volleyball, had limited water and was equipped with only lollies so walking up this great mountain was my only option.
That night we stayed in a great resort set at the foot of Mt Sinai. All I’m gonna say about this resort is that it had a pool table ��" first encountered on the trip so far. This provided us with hours of entertainment even though the cloth was crappy, the balls had pot holes in them and the ‘cues’ were just sticks. There is a whole new art form in this kind of pool.
The next day we set off to Nuweiba ��" a beach resort type of place. We transformed our group from the temple searching travellers into poolside sloths very quickly. This is the nicest resort we’ve had on our trip ��" fitting for out last night in Egypt.
We had a true ‘discoteque’ experience last night ��" Egyptian style. The group of us went to this ‘disco’ to celebrate the birthday of Marg from Canada and Mego ��" our tour guide. We had a blast with a belly dancer pulling us into the centre of the dancing circle for our 15 seconds of fame ��" far from the disco’s I used to go to where the only thing in the middle of the circle were shoes and handbags. It was fun though and we danced the night away. The group retired on the beach with some sheesha but I still had the memory of too much sheesha ringing in my ears (literally) after the night on the felucca and had an early night.
Today it is a game of pool polo. Then we check out of our paradise hotel (did I mention the hot water and the hairdryer even?? ��" ok, ok, I’m a princess at heart) and we take a ferry into Aqaba in Jordan. It’s time to say goodbye to Egypt. It’s been a great week so far. We’ve seen so much and crammed in so much too. It’s been very much go, go, go though. I think I would’ve liked a bit more hedonism at beach resorts but other than that ��" it’s all good. I wonder what Jordan holds for us. The highlight I can’t wait for is definitely Petra ��" the whole group is talking about it like kids talk about Christmas. Much anticipation!
Well, goodbye for now ��" and goodbye Egypt. Thanks for having us.