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Thursday, September 21, 2000
Dahab, Egypt
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Dahab, Egypt:
Latitude: 28° 29' 27" North
Longitude: 34° 31' 29" East
Altitude: 17 feet
From Seattle: 8597 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Yasmina

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

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 1260
Linear Dist: 239758
Countries Visited: 70
Regions Visited: 268
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Hotels: 475
Friends / Family: 302
Camping: 130
Hostels: 261
Transit: 78
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 4255
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Journal Entry:
In the morning I met up with Jack's Advanced Open Water class. We went to The Lighthouse (north side of the strip) to do the navigation part of the class. After taking care of the required exercises we still had enough air left for us to look around. The highlights were a large octopus, a couple crocodile fish, and a white Morray. After the dive Jack had an Intro dive so I assisted. It was also at the Lighthouse, and was a bit of a nightmare - an older overweight woman who could barely swim. Jack and I took turns "driving" her around ten feet under the surface for half an hour.

I tried to have falafels for lunch but they were sold out so I got very daring and had kushari from a bicycle vendor. Not bad, but not great either. I went on two more dives in the afternoon. Both were off the boat with Jack's class. The first one was at Napoleon reef and marked my debut at guiding dives. There was a giant Napoleon fish that was very curious - so much so that I was starting to worry about what they ate (this was a big fish). But the most exciting part of the dive for me was getting us back to the boat. I was very worried about getting the group lost!

The second boat dive was at Coral Islands, a new offshore reef only discovered a week ago. No one on the boat had dove it before so it was pretty exciting. It's a very pretty site - tons of undamaged coral arranged in rolling underwater hills. Also lots of smaller fish, but nothing really exciting. It really reminded me of the Islands, another Dahab dive site.

Spent the evening at an internet cafe and then had a splurge dinner at the Chinese restaurant with Stacy (lots of food risks today). I did four dives today - I could feel my ear, but it equalized so I guess I'm alright. Went to bed absolutely exhausted.


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

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