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The end of Egypt

Written on: Thursday January 21st, 2010

A journal entry from: Sun, Sand and Wind

The end of Egypt
So today is my 14th and last full day here in Dahab, as well as Egypt as a whole. As most of you are aware the wind has been absolute shit for the past two weeks, and the weather has been very unusual here. Most people who work here can never remember a time with such bad wind for so long... and we also had a huge storm as well.
HOWEVER, the forecast last night was showing for a bit of wind today... and unlike the rest of the times, this time it actually happened!!! I woke up early and had a quick breakfast before going down to the surf station. The wind was straight offshore, and not too strong. It didn't seem like it would materialize into anything worthwhile. Around 9 am the wind picked up and I managed to get 2h of decent sailing on some slalom gear. After a quick break for some food and water, the wind picked up some more and shifted to it's normal direction. After two weeks, I finally got a good 2.5 to 3 h of "real Dahab" surfing, on some smaller gear and now have a good body burn going!
It truly is a great spot when things are working well. You have the option to sail near a sand peninsula, where the water is very flat. Here you can really pick up some serious speed, and it's so beautiful sailing over the light blue water and the reef only a few feet under you. Several times I found myself in the middle of a pack of flying fish, this was really cool!
If you got bored of the flat water, you could take a walkie-talkie and head out into "waves"; this is the open area of the gulf, between Egypt and Saudi Arabia. It wasn't that intense out there, I was expecting it to be more gnarly, but still fun to sail between the rolling swells. It was a very clear day as well, so the further you went, the clearer and larger the mountains of the Saudi shoreline became!
So although overall the wind was terrible, it was a great way to end my time here in Dahab, and I am just so happy to have, have gotten at least ONE day of good windsurfing in. *I also managed to get about 40% of my money back, which was also quite nice!
Last Sunday evening, we had a huge storm here, and over the rest of Sinai, and into Israel and Gaza. It rained from about 8 at night until the next morning. They haven't had any proper rain here in 3 years, and I also heard on the news that it was the worst storm to hit this area since 1990. Most of the roads in the area were closed for 1.5 days and we didn't have internet of phones here in Dahab for almost 2 days. At one point during the evening when the rain let up, I went down to the beach to watch the lightning, it was really going off over the sea like nothing I had seen before. I managed to get a couple good pictures!
Besides that, the last week here in Dahab was quite relaxed; worked on my tan... rented a bike one afternoon, did a short cooking class here at the hotel with the head chef and even some yoga.  
Tomorrow I leave early in the morning by taxi to Sharm El-Sheik, where I will fly back to Cairo, and then to Larnaca, Cyprus. I have 6 days in Cyprus, before flying back to Cairo International and then to Germany for the last leg of the trip.
Still plenty of interesting things to see and do! Hope everyone is well, thanks for reading and for your comments!

David W. 


From S#2 on Jan 22nd, 2010

So, from a pregnant woman's perspective - I would like to know what you made in your cooking class. Very cool about the flying fish! xxx S#2

From David W. on Jan 22nd, 2010

We did falafels and three different sauces to go with. The only shit thing is the chef didn't speak much english... so you had to just kind of follow his actions!

From Rocheforts, Kerns and Weiskopf on Jan 23rd, 2010

David, we really loved your blog! We're very happy that everything is going well, and that you finally got a good day of windsurfing! We miss you very much.

From Terbovc on Jan 23rd, 2010

wow Dave those are some really cool pictures buddy! im jealous u got to see/live it lol. take care out there!

From Tante Susie on Jan 23rd, 2010

Great pictures. It really has been great tagging along on your trip. Keep it coming.