01.05.2009 36 °C
I have been getting grief from some of you at home (especially in Calgary) when I post the weather in the daily blog! What a difference in climate we have experienced coming from Calgary and the snow. Most days are clear and hot - not much else to it. Luxor was likely the hottest - the day at Karnak Temple it was over 40 degrees.
So now we are in Hurghada - a resort city located on the Red Sea. We haven't been here long but it could be best described as Cancun catering to the Russian population. The word "nyet" is heard far more than 'la' here. It is hot but there is a stiff wind blowing so it doesn't seem quite to hot - and of course, it is a dry heat! The hotel we are at is beach side although the walk to the beach takes 5 - 10 minutes. The water of the Red Sea could be compared to the azure blue of the Caribbean or the South Pacific - it is pretty cold I was told. I guess we will see tomorrow when we take an all day snorkelling trip to Giftun Island. We have a private boat charter so it should be fun for all. Most of the group is off on a ATV adventure right now - quading in the sand of Egypt. Guaranteed they will come back dirty and tired.
I want to tell you a bit about the vendors, shops and sales people that work here in Egypt. They range from 'in your face aggressive' to being "your new best friend". On my short walk today I was invited in to share lunch with four gentlemen, offered mint tea and, if I had stuck around, undoubtely had more marriage proposals. The sales people will do almost anything to get you to come in to their store to buy. They ask your name so they can write it out in hieroglyphics and explain it to you. Today my name said that I am the mothering type and I like to travel - both a pretty safe bet! The group has all experienced a different level of comfort with the vendors. Some just want to run through the gauntlet of sellers and some are more interested in making a game out of the bartering. Kaitlin J. had never barter before but jumped in yesterday. When asked how she did - she replied - okay but I will get a better deal next time!
Right now Carla and I are in an Internet cafe that only seems to have been opened about two hours ago - they are still plugging in cables and opening boxes!
For those of you reading the blog - your loved ones are doing fine. A few sunburns and a few that are a bit 'tired' as a result of a roof top party last night in Luxor. See the time on the bus serves a purpose - it allows people to sleep while getting to the next destination.
We will be in Hurghada until Sunday afternoon, then taking a long bus trip to Cairo, a short night sleep, a day of touring and shopping, dinner on a Nile cruise boat and then to the airport or non to the next adventure!
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