Ferry ride to Egypt - or sauna for 10 hours
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I get onboard and wait for the ferry to sail. It is already pretty warm in the cafeteria where I have found a seat. Time pass by I have been on the ferry for well over one hour now. But now finally it seem there is something happening - they are closing the entrance to the ferry - we will surely leave now. 15 minutes goes by - they open the entrance to the ferry again - we are not leaving. The midday sun really starts to heat up the ferry and the water from the sea increase the humidity of the air - it is damp and hot inside the cafeteria now - I wish I were from Finland then I would have appreciated this sauna experience.
Then finally the fast ferry is approaching the harbour in Aqaba there is only one pier in the harbour. My ferry probably wants to stay to pick up more costumers - but it have no choice it got to leave now - finally we are sailing - only 3½ hours after I got on board.
I got no Egyptian money and I got no Jordanian money either - but I have got US$ and there is a exchange booth on the ferry. I make my way up to the exchange booth - it is closed and remains closed for the entire passage - I am now officially without any legal tender on this ferry and are therefore broke - can not buy some nice cold drinks or anything.
The cafeteria is getting really uncomfortable now the temperature is rising and humidity is about 100 percent. I try to go to the upper deck - this is if possible even more uncomfortable than the cafeteria - need a toilet - and make my way towards one. Bad mistake. By now the toilets on the ferry is disgusting.
I get back
to the cafeteria - it is still steaming hot - the only thing that is a bit of a
comfort is the fact that I am not the only one suffering. The Egyptians and the
Jordanians on the ferry are suffering as well. After another couple of hours of
misery we approach the harbour in
the custom control in