12.03.2007 - 20.03.2007 18 °C
We have been exploring again. This time in the Middle East. We started this trip flying into Sharm El Sheik in Egypt/Sanai. We got greeted by a taxi driver that the hotel arranged for us. We had to wait for a little while as there were more guests expected on a different flight. The wait gave us a little time to realise that we were actually on holidays again. It was very sureal looking out at the palm trees and sillouette of the mountains through the dusty sky. It took us an hours to get to Dahab from Sharm, where we got an amazing reception from Emad and the boys at the Penguin Divers Resort. Once we settled in we went and sipped tea with Emad in one of the many bedioun style restaurants on the beach to get our farmilarization. Had some dinner and did our paperwork for our dive course. Off for an early night as it had been a long day of travel and we start our learning tomorrow.
The next morning saw us starting our dive course and the next four days after that to complete it. What an adventure, with trying to work out all the equipment and how to use it, as well as putting all our learning into practice. But boy was it worth it..... I feel a real sense of satisfaction knowing that I have completed it and almost with honors..lol. Once we got out into the open water for our training we got to see some really cool stuff and I am looking forward to doing more diving soon, maybe in greece. In the evenings after having our dinner and lounging around on the coushins we were either studying or meeting the locals and checking out the shops, also trying to avoid the numerous advances as the Egyptian men just love the white women that are well rounded..
After finishing the dive course we were able to look around Dahab a bit more. We chilled out around Dahab the first day as we needed a certain amount of time to pass before we could go to Altitude including climbing Mt Sanai. That night we went on the sunrise tour of Mt Sanai and St Caterines monastery, which is were Moses went to get the 10 commandments from God. We started climbing about 1 am in the morning and it took us about 3 hours before having to climb 750 steps to the first summit and then another 100 -150 to the summit to see the sunrise. Tell you what if the walk doesn't kill you the cold will, it was - 5 degrees with the wind blowing and we really weren't prepared for it, I don't think I have ever been that cold, the wind just blew straight through you. We had our sleeping bags but still needed to rent a blanket at the top. Ok, enough of my windging the view was fantastic, the sunrise was breath taking. I would do it again but next time I will be prepared for it. There were quiet a few religious groups that had climbed the mountain and they were all doing the prayers and singing there Hymms. So it really was a sight to see...lol
We supposidly took the easy way (camel track) on the way up the mountain and I chose to come down the 3000 steps to the monestary which are said to be the steps of repentance. When we got down we wandered through the monestary and their chapel as well as seeing the burning bush. We caught a little sleep on the bus on the 2 hour bus trip back to the hotel, had a nana nap then we had been invited out to one of the local restaurants for a traditional egyptian meal, which was to die for and of course not on the menu. The only let down was that we ended being there for about 4 hours and all I wanted to do was sleep.