The Red Sea

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Three days later my mom, Ryan, and I flew across the country to Jeddah for our diving trip.  The Red Sea is awesome; the visibility is so perfect it’s like swimming in a big blue crystal.  There are all kinds of coral and lots of wrecks off the coast.  Ryan got certified back in November so this was his first real dive trip.  Too bad it didn’t go so well…

 

Ryan had a bit of an accident and had to be hospitalized.  He accidentally held his breath while ascending and the air pushed its way out of his lungs into his chest cavity.

Old Jeddah
  It was scary for a few hours and then he was in the ICU of the best hospital in Jeddah.  Thank god our Saudi friend went to the hospital with us to explain exactly what happened in Arabic…otherwise Ryan would’ve been put (unnecessarily) into the decompression chamber.  We don’t have insurance anymore and those chambers are REALLY expensive.

 

After spending the night in the ICU for observation we checked Ryan out around 3pm the next day.  We took it easy for the next few days- definitely no more diving for Ryan.  Did some sightseeing in Jeddah, toured a 200-year-old-house and the windy streets of the souqs (markets).  The gold souqs in Jeddah are really interesting and ostentatious…buying and wearing gold here is kinda like keeping your bank account on your body at all times.  It’s also a bit of an insurance policy for Saudi women- the gold is theirs no matter what happens to their marriages.

 

The best part of going to Jeddah was that, since Ryan had air trapped in his chest cavity, we couldn’t fly back to my hometown on the other side of the peninsula.  So we took a bus…across the Arabian desert...18 hours.  I’d never seen the sunrise over the desert before- it was beautiful.

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Jordan diving
Jordan diving
Old Jeddah
Old Jeddah
Sunrise over the desert
Sunrise over the desert
at the hotels private beach (wall…
at the hotel's private beach (wal…
Diving is sexy
Diving is sexy
Ryan diving
Ryan diving
The next Jaques Cousteau
The next Jaques Cousteau
Ryan in the water
Ryan in the water
In the hospital
In the hospital
Sensors galore!
Sensors galore!
Isnt my abaya pretty?
Isn't my abaya pretty?
Gold souq
Gold souq
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