Jiyoung and I kicked off our first full day in Egypt
by walking along the seaside and checking out other hotels after our
previous one had a run of cockroaches. Yuck. We found a great place
with a view of the sea that had a great restaurant and everything else
we needed. We spent the first day wandering around and trying out some
snorkeling along the maze of reefs 100 meters off the shoreline. It was
fantastic! There is a great variety of fish there and withing thirty
minutes I spotted two beautiful eels and six lion fish, a type of fish
that seems to have huge fans coming out of its body in every direction.
We saw lots of parrot fish and a ton of others I don't know the names
I thought the Caribbean was nice but the Red Sea
makes it pale in comparison! The
next day we tried a camel ride. Ouch. It was fun for a while, but then
my butt started to hurt and after an hour and a half I wasn't sure I'd
be able to walk the next day. It was a fun experience, though. That
evening we headed to bed around 7 pm and woke up again around 10:30 pm
for our Mt. Sinai
adventure. After a two hour drive, we began our two hour hike to the
top around 2 am. It was a full moon and a clear night so the conditions
were great, although much colder than at the beach! Unfortunately,
Jiyoung was feeling a bit ill from some pasta she'd eaten earlier and
had to stop a few times to…uh… vomit, but she trooped on and we made it
to the top around 4:15.
We paid about four bucks for a blanket as it
was near freezing at the top, and then picked a spot to await the
sunrise. It was beautiful and afterwards we spent a bit of time running
down the mountain and looking for cool places to take some photos from,
of which there were many.At
the bottom is a UNESCO site called St. Catherine's Cathedral. We walked
through it in about seven minutes as we didn't find it very
interesting. It did, however, have a very large, very famous bush.
Supposedly, this is the "burning bush" that Moses encountered on his
way up the mountain to collect the Ten Commandments. It sure didn't
look 3,500 years old, but we both had a pic taken as we reached up and
grabbed a branch, just like everyone else. Yay.
got back to Dahab around 11:30 am, ate, then laid on some cushions in
the restaurant for a bit as we looked out at the sea. Then we headed
off on a "bike ride". The bikes were about the worst I've ever
encountered so it was a bit of slow going, especially when Jiyoung kept
falling off her bike every 50 meters. We hit the sack that evening and awoke in the morning for our 9 hour bus ride to Cairo. The Pyramids, here we come!