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April 28th, 2009 – by: Deats
Arriving into Nuweiba port at 09.00, was more than 5 hours later than we had expected, but on the plus side it was daylight and there were taxis to take us to the town. I made a beeline for the nearest ATM and stood in bewilderment as it swallowed my card, this wasn't a good start to the day. Having appealed for help to anyone that was willing to listen, a man finally turned up and rebooted the machine, which spat out my card. Not wanting to risk trying another machine, i settled for changing some $USD within an exchange shop.
After paying $15 for our one month visa, our next task was to bargain for a taxi to take us to Green Resort, located at Little Duna, which was about 5kms away.
With refreshments out of the way, we were shown to our bungalow, which was literally at the waters edge. Inside was pretty basic, with a double matress and fly net, but outside we had an incredible area for sitting and lounging around in, which really made the place. No bargaining was necessary, as we were only asked for 30EGP ($5.30), which was a real steal.
After taking a nap for a couple of hours, we sat on our porch, watching the waves crash in.
The major downside of our secluded location was that we were a 45 minute walk from both the port and the village. As it was our first day, we opted to take the scenic walk along the beach, in the late afternoon sun. Countless camps stood deserted, some of them falling badly into disrepair and this created an eerie feel to the place. When we did see a couple of other tourists, they were surrounded by locals desperately trying to sell them things, it was all rather a sorry scene.
Arriving into the village we went for Dinner at Dr Sheesh Kebab restaurant and then used the internet. Other than a few little tourist shops, a couple of grocery stores, a sandwich shop and three outside cafes selling tea and sheesha, there wasn't anything else worth noting or sticking around for. We wandered back to our camp along the main road and spent the evening reading by candle light, as the electricity wasn't working, but i actually liked the ambience that it created.
Wednesday was much like all the other days that we would spend in Nuweiba, spent laying on the cushions in front of our hut, reading a book and listening to the sea. In the evening we wandered up to the village to have some Dinner from the sandwich shop and watch the Champions League match between Manchester United 1-0 Arsenal.
On Thursday we decided to set out on a mammoth walk, in search of the civilisation that Lousy Planet talked about - namely the beach resort of Tarabin. Far from been a backpacker haven, it was once again a bit of a ghost town, all be it, a more developed one than we found at any other point of the 8 km stretch of sand/pebbles. The one saving grace to having walked here, came in the shape of the Mondial Village restaurant.
What frustrates me with so many places around the World, is that people would rather do no work at all, than work for less than they would aspire to make. With no other tourists in sight and a plethora of deserted beach front restaurants, only one guy came to tell us that he was willing to discount anything on the menu, just so as he could get some custom.
Whilst we sat and waited for our main course, we were served with a pot of Bedoiun tea and this was followed up by salad, hummus, rice and bread. It seemed like a good start and things only got better when we were presented with a huge platter, filled with a grilled and seasoned fish, with chips around the outside. When he had said it was a big fish, he hadn't been kidding! My last doubts were washed aside, when i found barely a bone in it and the texture was superb.
Fridays main point of excitement came when we found out that an American/Israeli couple had moved into the hut next door. It goes to show that our days weren't the most action packed, when seeing two other humans was our main point of discussion! We had a brief chat with them, but didn't become too familiar, as the annoying children who had been pestering us to buy bracelets for the last few days, had found someone else to turn their attention to, which was a welcome relief!
One of the main reasons to visit Nuweiba is for its location in the Gulf of Aqaba, which branches off from the Red Sea, and offers endless opportunites to dive and snorkel.
Our other discovery on Saturday was that Green Resort did some kick ass pizzas for 25EGP ($4.50), and also had some Egyptian Stella beer for 10EGP ($1.75). Thus we consumed two of each and sat with our neighbours talking, drawing a fun picture and listening to the American guy playing the guitar.
Sunday was our final full day in Nuweiba, and we spent it snorkelling, reading and lazing about.
Monday was a shocking day to wake up to, with a sandstorm raging outside and blowing most of the beach into our hut. Our bus to Dahab wasn't until 16.30, but after eating some sandy breakfast, we decided that enough was enough and went to sit in a sheltered cafe by the bus station, a few hours earlier than planned.
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