November 19th, 2005 – by: skippyed
Desolate desert of the Sinai
Today was another early rise for our trip to Mt Sinai. The journey was about six hours in a private minibus. We headed east out of Cairo to the Suez Canal where we hoped to get a glimpse of ships passing over. We did get a glimpse of a ship before heading into the tunnel that went under the canal. There was a checkpoint at the border of the Sinai and it is here we said goodbye Africa hello Asia! The Sinai itself is desolate desert with a few new developments along the coast. Some of these developments are apartments and homes for Cairo residents wanted to escape the city for a holiday by the sea. As we headed inland away from the coast the scenery changed from flat desert to dusty mountains and we stopped briefly to get photo's.
Scenery of the Sinai
Kimo had phoned ahead to organise a goat for dinner, the goat was to be killed that afternoon and slow cooked in the ground for a few hours. We got to our destination of Mt Sinai later in the afternoon and were staying in the Bedouin owned hostel. We shared 3 dormitory style rooms between all of us, We weren't going to be sleeping for very long as we had to get up at 2:30am to go climb mount Sinai! There was a hotel part to the hostel where the more expensive rooms were, this is where the Peregrine tour stays. After freshening up we all headed over to the communal dining area which was a Bedouin tent. There was a fire going which was needed because it was cold. There was also a little shop where you could by Bedouin wares. For dinner we had the goat feast and I personally didn't like the taste so gave it a miss, Vaughan didn't like it either! It was early to bed to get as much sleep as possible before our climb.