Good morning everyone - it seems we have quite the following of readers of our blog. By the comments posted it seems this is the only contact you have with your traveller! The blog has been read over 2000 times already - wow!
It is early morning in Hurghada and our last day on the Red Sea. We are heading to Cairo late this afternoon, will have a short night's sleep and a full day of sightseeing tomorrow. The last evening in Cairo for most will be a Nile dinner cruise. We are off to the airport at 1:30 AM for an early morning flight to Frankfurt for most of us. Others will be off to their next adventure in Europe, Egypt or the Middle East.
Today is actually the first day that the group has been able to sleep in. Yours truly was again up at at the crack of dawn - hence the reason for this time to post on the blog.
The ATV quading adventure was a great hit - by all accounts. Everyone was well behaved (something that doesn't happen on all outings according to Rafik, our tour leader). There was only one minor accident with a few bruises but all is well. No need to call the insurance company for something so minor!
Yesterday we were treated to a full day boat trip on the Red Sea. We were fortunate to have the entire boat to ourselves. After being outfitted with snorkelling equipment we headed to the boat and our friendly (as with all Egyptians) crew. The sunscreen was slathered on and we were off.
The son of the captain was our entertainment for the day. We named him Yassar Habibi (habibi is dear one in Arabic)and he charmed his way into our hearts! Here is a photo of the little darling.
In addition the crew entertained us with some unusual towel hats:
When I return I will upload the video of Yassar Habibi dancing on the small boat we were on going to Giftun Island.
We stopped at a huge coral reef area and jumped in to the cold Red Sea. The aquamarine colors of this sea are again almost indescribable. I have snorkelled in a lot of places around the world - this ranks near the top as the best. Fish in every color of the rainbow (and some with colors you rarely see).
Many had fun jumping from the top deck of the boat into the sea. After lunch we were off to Giftun Island to walk on the beach and bob in the Red Sea. The salt content of this sea must be greater than others because you could float in the water without any need to tread water or paddle. We all looked like corks bobbing in the water!
After a day in the sun and with many sunburned bodies we returned to the hotel. Some of the group (me included) visited the local perfume shop for a sunburn treatment. It worked remarkably well and should for the price we paid for the ointment! He promised that we won't peel - time will tell.
Oh to be young again - some of the group spent their last night out on the town. It seems establishments stay open as long as there are customers. This morning I had breakfast with some of the partiers - they were just coming in as I was getting up. Oh well, we have a day to laze around the pool!
Some of us may venture out to 'shop' some more today. Shopping here is interesting - I could use some of their techniques in my Sales classes. The first thing they want to know is where you are from. As soon as you say Canada - they say Canada Dry! or Canadian Club! or Canadian Tire! This opens them up for the start of the selling process. By the time we reach Kah el Khalili market in Cario we will all be seasoned veterans in the art of bartering!
That's all for now - thanks again for reading about our adventure. It is hard to believe it is coming to an end. Don't fret if there are no more posts for the next day or so. Time may be at a premium. I will update everyting - with more photos - after we return. Dowmloading photos here take for ever!