30.10.2008 - 01.11.2008
Well Dahab is different! - We checked into our hotel - a great place, though very windy - it seems the bit of the gulf we are in is typically windy. A nice hotel none the less.
Notice how the palms are permanently bent? Yep - Windy.
We are definatley in more of a genuine Arabian landscape now.
The hotel room staff leave some great touches (rather than stealing everything, which is nice). We came back one day to find this on our bed....
(We loved the way it was garnished with our water bottle tops - others in our group got various animals, including a heart made of one girl's various washing objects and a teddie bear)
Dahab is a diving and snorkeling mecca. We have done neither yet. A large portion of our group did a 3 day PADI course and they are all delightedly qualified now.
On the second night we paid to go to a "Bedouin dinner" in the desert. We knew it would be a con, but what the hell, the gang was great fun so we knew we had to go.
We drove in a couple of jeeps into the middle of nowhere....
(Dan, Nicola and Michelle in the back of the jeep. Dan ended up on the roof body surfing. The girls screamed. I grabbed a leg)
On arrival is was indeed a con. A made-up tent in the middle of nowhere with a small BBQ. So obviously a tourist trap - a real shame as we hoped to meet Bedouin people (and perhabs buy an obligatory birthing blanket). Still, we got pissed.
We ended up going back into town and getting thoroughly trashed. The last thing I remember is trying to walk into a "club" with a bottle of wine in my hand.
It's very laid back here. Lots of bars along the coast (beach is a little kind...). We are spending all our time in the "sit on the floor" bars and chilling. Wifi is plentiful so I'm doing well on the poker front.
Kirstin went out with Michelle horse riding. She tells me it's the best ever! They got to ride around a lagoon and go as fast as they wanted, on the beach! All for £8 each for 1 and a half hours.
I gave it a miss - my kidneys never forgave me last time I rode a horse.
Talking of health - I ended up getting a doctor to see me as my shits never stopped. I got an injection in my butt, and loads of pills to take, one of which I have since found out is banned nearly world wide. I had some odd side effects. One day I was just plain confused and spaced out. I stopped taking them.
Yesterday I had my 1st recognisable stool! YAY! -in 5 days!!! I'm feeling fine now... and my finger has totally healed, although I still have about 50% mobility in my finger tip. I think it will come back in time.
It's a great place to be. Take a look at the picture below - the coast/mountains you can see - that's Saudi Arabia!
They even have puppies (who I think wanted to get in our back packs)
As I'm typing we have been in the same "floor" bar most of the afternoon, sipping gins and beers and surfing the net. We've moved to a new hotel. Our tour group returned to Cairo for the last 2 days of the tour. We opted out - 8.5 hours in a mini van again. We are getting a proper coach on Monday. then 2 days of Cairo museums and Mosques before Africa proper!
A couple of funny things I remember:
In Luxor, Nicola shouted out to one of our guides, "Mohamed, Mohamed!". 5 or 6 guys came running over! :-)
I learnt some numbers in Arabic, and a week later, we are watching "24" on TV, and a terrorist says, "Haamsa blah blah blah". And I understood the 1st bit!!! Haamsa = 5. And I was right! Who would have known! :-)
Looking forward to Africa now, but no hurry :-)