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Egypt 15 + 16 and Jordan Day 1 – Dahab – Mount Sinai – Aquaba

Egypt 15 + 16 and Jordan Day 1 – Dahab – Mount Sinai – Aquaba

Decided today to go to Mt Sinai and St Katherines Monestary on the 11pm bus that night. I had a whole day to kill before then, and a mild hangover to cure. I had spaghetti bolognese (not served with a spoon – come on – it’s spaghetti!) with 2 cappucinos and a coconut milkshake in […]

Egypt Day 14 – Dahab

Egypt Day 14 – Dahab

I went scuba-diving today. My first experience of the Red Sea. Shark attacks in the last couple of days had meant the sea was out-of-bounds in Sharm el Sheik. A few Russians had been bitten, and they had ‘closed’ the sea. Hundreds of small boats began an unofficial shark hunt, and caught a big one, […]

Egypt Day 13 – Sharm el Sheik – Dahab

Egypt Day 13 – Sharm el Sheik – Dahab

Checked out and got a taxi with a sex-crazed Egyptian driver to the bus terminal. As he drove at breakneck speed he regaled me with tall tales of that weeks sexual conquests. A French woman who had sneaked out have sex in the back seat of his taxi while her husband slept, a couple of […]

Egypt Day 12 – Sharm el Sheik

Egypt Day 12 – Sharm el Sheik

Woke to a gloriously sunny day, which I spent at the beach with a copy of the Daily Mirror – the first English newspaper I’d read for a year. The front page was all about how England lost the right to host the World Cup in 2018 – Russia won it. I lay on the […]

Egypt Day 11 – Luxor – Sharm el Sheik

Egypt Day 11 – Luxor – Sharm el Sheik

Checked out at 1pm, and saw Greg, the Ricky Gervais lookalike I’d met in Aswan, surprisingly. His flight had been cancelled too, and he was here until Monday, and EasyJet had moved him to a 5-star resort. He didn’t mind one bit. I decided to have a relaxing, hassle-free day, and so walked to the […]

Egypt Day 10 – Luxor

Egypt Day 10 – Luxor

Picked up at 4:40 and driven to the river to board a boat. It was a chilly start, but free tea on the longboat warmed me up. A nice Brazilian couple were on the boat too. You can always tell Brazilians because they invariably wear Brazilian football shirts. A Belgium couple were on board too. […]

Egypt Day 9

Egypt Day 9

Woke at 9, and had breakfast of cornflakes, cold pancake, and a small baguette with jam on the roof. It was a chilly yet sunny start to the day. I put my ipod in my pocket, my earphones in, and headed out for a long walk down the corniche next to the Nile, much to […]

Egypt Day 8 – Aswan to Luxor

Egypt Day 8 – Aswan to Luxor

Left Aswan after a hearty breakfast of chapattis and jam, washed down with breakfast tea. Got the prime seat in the minivan this time – the front, loads of space and legroom, while others were crammed in the back. We picked up some people at 2 stops on the way to Kom Ombo, one of […]

Egypt Day 7 – Abu Simbel and Aswan

Egypt Day 7 – Abu Simbel and Aswan

Woke at 2:30am, a new early-waking record. Met an English guy called Greg in the lobby, who was going on the same trip. We hit it off instantly and sat next to each other chatting on the way to Abu Simbel. You need a police convoy to go down there, and you can’t go down […]

Egypt Day 5 and 6 – Alexandria, Cairo, Aswan

Egypt Day 5 and 6 – Alexandria, Cairo, Aswan

Woke feeling a bit groggy, but flung open my balcony windows and soon came round. I had breakfast, this time ordering a Spanish omelette – not wishing to repeat my mistake of yesterday. I sat contemplating the previous night and the characters I’d met. I took a stroll to the train station, and this time […]

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