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The sea, the desert, the mountains. Dahab, Egypt.

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Along the waterfront.

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 for.

My camel.
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.

Mt. Sinai.
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.

We 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!

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Along the waterfront.
Along the waterfront.
My camel.
My camel.
Mt. Sinai.
Mt. Sinai.
Yeah, no camels. Bummer
Yeah, no camels. Bummer
A kite surfer.
A kite surfer.
The Red Sea.
The Red Sea.
The first wild camel I ever saw.
The first 'wild' camel I ever saw.
Whats Egypt without a shisha?
What's Egypt without a shisha?
Wading through the waters. They di…
Wading through the waters. They d…
My butt was really hurting at this…
My butt was really hurting at thi…
Mt. Sinai
Mt. Sinai
Mt. Sinai
Mt. Sinai
Dahab from our hotel room.
Dahab from our hotel room.
Dahab
photo by: TamaraSimons