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Sunday, September 10, 2000
Dahab, Egypt
Egypt's FlagSouthern Sinai's Flag

Dahab, Egypt:
Latitude: 28° 29' 27" North
Longitude: 34° 31' 29" East
Altitude: 17 feet
From Seattle: 8597 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Mohamed Ali Camp

Today's Travel:
Country: Egypt
Region: Southern Sinai
Weather: Sunny

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 1249
Linear Dist: 239714
Countries Visited: 70
Regions Visited: 268
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Hotels: 464
Friends / Family: 302
Camping: 130
Hostels: 261
Transit: 78
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 4228

Journal Entry:
The morning dive was at Umm Sid again. The visibility wasn't as good as it has been, and the site was crowded. Still it was a nice dive. The highlight for me was getting to guide two of the divers back when they ran low on air. The current was much worse than I expected and at one point I thought I was lost, but at the end I got the divers right where I was supposed to.

During the lunch break I tried to read but only managed a few pages - a busy dive club is not the place to try and concentrate! Stacy and I ended up wandering inland a bit and trying falafels at a local place for lunch.

The afternoon dive was supposed to be off the boat, but it ended up getting cancelled when the car didn't show up. We ended up going to Three Pools instead. The dive followed a very convoluted route and I was totally disoriented. Afterwards Mark (the Dive Master) explained to me how he found his way, and I'm fairly confident that now I could do it. Basically the site is bounded on two sides by the reef table and deep water. The area in between is a maze of coral, but if you orient off the sun you can always find the wall and follow it back to the exit. Besides the incredible coral we also saw Lion Fish, Scorpion Fish, a beautiful Blue Triggerfish, an Octopus, a Giant Pufferfish, and some Barracuda.

Back at Nesima I talked, filled out my dive logs, and did a little reading. I was supposed to chat with Amy tonight but technical difficulties prevented me from getting online, and then it turned out that she had canceled anyway. I had dinner at the Sharks Club then went for a beer and finished a chapter in the Dive Master manual.

Related Sites:
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Egypt
CIA World Fact Book: Egypt

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