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Friday, September 29, 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: 1268
Linear Dist: 239758
Countries Visited: 70
Regions Visited: 268
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Hotels: 483
Friends / Family: 302
Camping: 130
Hostels: 261
Transit: 78
Other Lodging: 13
Beers: 4272
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Journal Entry:
In the morning went for a dive with Tim at the Canyon (my favorite). Conditions were good, and besides the drama of the canyon itself, and the beauty of the fishbowl, I also saw a large octopus, a large crocodile fish, and a couple of the ailien looking sea moths. To save time we went straight to the Blue Hole rather than returning to Nesima. The Blue Hole was out of control - I've never seen so many people there. It looked like a scene from Disneyland - there was well over a hundred snorkelers in the water! The group was Tim's problem group from the last week and they were trying to make amends - so they tried to buy him lunch, but he already gets his lunch free, so they bought me lunch! I guided the dive from Bell's back to the Blue Hole. As usual my main problem was that I went to fast. At the saddle into the hole (I didn't miss it this time) a couple of the divers were running low on air so I didn't get to swim in to the Blue. In the hole the visibility wasn't very good so when I cut across there was a time when we couldn't see any walls (or the bottom) - it was a little like bad vertigo, but also kind of neat.

Back at Nesima we printed out our Emergency Plan (one of the few requirements we had left). Had beers as the pool bar, then went to dinner with Stacy, Mark, and Natalie at Sharks Club. Went back to Nesima for one more beer and hung out with Tim, Jack and Lynne. The music was so loud and horrible that I didn't stay long. Before going bed I stopped at an internet cafe for a half hour.

[Written from notes. 20 October, 2000]


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

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