Wednesday, November 30, 2011

LETS TEC!!

Hey ETD Readers!

I thought it was high time to talk about something dive related and close to my heart, so ETDers, Let's Tec!

Dahab is a wonderland of diving, a mecca for photographers, technical divers, divers learning to "go places, meet people and do things"...and dare I say it snorkel.. There I said it, and it's the only time I will - I will leave snorkelling and recreational diving reviews with Winnie. We all know what this post is leading towards, so lets chuck out the snorkels, leave single tanks on the beach and strap on some more equipment.




Life in Dahab, Egypt Part 2

Every Part 1 has a Part 2!! So after living in Dahab for 3 months now, here are some interesting things that I have noticed about living in Egypt.

- The shower!! In a typical Egyptian bathroom, you have a sink, toilet, and a shower head, with a drain on the floor, all in a tiled room. So after you shower, you have to mop the water into the drain. Luckily we were slowly eased into this style of bathrooms. With the Hilton bathroom being a typical western style - a shower over a bathtub, with a shower curtain. Then in the Dahab Dorms, we had a shower head over a square section on the floor, with no shower curtain. And then finally, the current apartment we live in. A mop was one of the first items we bought for the house!!

not our bathroom, but similar
- The water. Drinking water comes from a bottle only. Also bottled water is good for washing fruit, veg, making tea, cooking pasta, etc. Any water you want to ingest, should be from a bottle!! If you drink the water from the tap, you could get very sick, plus it sometimes comes out a slight yellow colour (and sometimes it even comes out brown)! At the Hilton, 1.5L bottle of water was 15LE, in town you can get it for about 2.5LE. But we started buying the large 10L drums of water, and decanting it into 1.5L bottles. Gaffa has been walking from the supermarket with 2 at a time..20Kg of water...walking 1km - although he has dropped 1 or 2 (dodgy handles) and got himself very wet!!! We thought we'd save time and energy, and stocked up on 10L drums of water, and got a taxi from Asala to our apartment with 4x10L for a cool 2LE taxi fare ;-)

Monday, November 28, 2011

Life In Dahab, Egypt Part 1

Hey ETD peeps! =)

Sorry for being MIA for the past few months!! My excuse: lack of /slow internet access, little spare time to sit in front of a computer when there is better things to do/see and just my general laziness!! :p But now that we're chilling out in Dahab, we do have spare time to sit in front of a computer!!

So, let's back track to when we first arrived in Dahab....

After a nice relaxing week away with the in-laws in Cornwall, we had 2 days to pack our summer clothes and dive gear for our journey to the Red Sea. We arrived early to Gatwick Airport, thanks to Mr & Mrs B driving us. We checked in and waited for our gate number to flash up on the screen. Typical (sl)Easyjet, the gate was unluckily the last gate in the whole terminal!! So off we sprinted to the gate to line up for a good seat - since Easyjet don't allocate seats until boarding. The flight was nothing to rave about... and we landed in Sharm El Sheikh in one piece.

sunny Egypt!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

The Flame Still Burns

ALLO, Eat Travel Divers!

It has been a while since our last post, and it's been a fairly rollercoaster style journey. It is my intention to update you on our trip (post Scotland) and then bring you up to date on the happenings here in Dahab, Egypt.

Winnie "2 Cones" Au Yeung

SO... Where to begin? I guess leaving Glasgow with sore bums and achy legs is as good a place as any! So, as you may remember from our amazing day out at SNO!Zone in Braehead, Winnie and I did a beginner to intermediate Snowboard course...which was fun, but left Winnie with a sore bum for many weeks! After leaving Glasgow, we headed south of the border in the direction of Lake Windermere in the heart of the Lake District. On arrival, after a couple hours sitting on a train, we decided (in our infinite wisdom) to go Mountain Biking!!! The funniest part of this is that when offered a soft, gel saddle for an extra 1GBP - Winnie got her cheapskate hat on and said "NO, I wont need one of them"... FAMOUS last words...

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