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Friday, September 22, 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 - Yasmina

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

Available Photos:

The Blue Hole Dahab, Egypt

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 1261
Linear Dist: 239714
Countries Visited: 70
Regions Visited: 268
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Hotels: 476
Friends / Family: 302
Camping: 130
Hostels: 261
Transit: 78
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 4258

Journal Entry:
I didn't need to be at the dive center until nine so I got to eat breakfast. At Nesima I was supposed to be going with the advanced course but the student (Elizabeth - she was in the open water class I assisted) was an hour late so I ended up sitting around reading.

By the time we finally got to The Canyon it was packed there must have been more than a hundred divers in the water. Luckily most of them were way ahead of us so we didn't see that many people. I led the group - besides me, Elizabeth, Michael (her boyfriend and a Nesima DM), and Jack. I love this dive, so it was a cool one to lead. It's a very dramatic canyon dive so it was also great to be in front were I could experience the views by myself. The Fishbowl was especially great!

After the canyon we headed to the Blue Hole. We spent the surface interval having lunch and then I gave the briefing. I led the dive from the Bells along the wall back to the Blue Hole. It went fairly smoothly except that I would have missed the entrance to the Blue Hole if Jack hadn't pointed it out to me (the saddle in is only about six meters deep and we were still at twelve meters).

At Nesima I spent the rest of the afternoon reading. Had one beer at the pool bar then hit the internet cafe for an hour. Since Friday night is supposed to be the big night out in Dahab, I'd never gone out on a Friday, and this was my last Friday in town I decided I was going to go out. I went back to the room, showered, shaved, and put on clean clothes. I also savored a couple cokes on ice that I'd cut out of a frozen bottle of water. I had a great (and cheap) dinner with Stacy and Mark at a nearby locals place (I had roast chicken while the others had grilled fish). The big night out ended up being a bit of a bust. The music was way to loud bad techno and I'd ate way to much to drink enough to tolerate it! After suffering for an hour I headed back to the hotel and bed.

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

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