Egypt Day 20: What Camels Do Standing Up

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Since we had such a rough day diving yesterday we treated ourselves to sleeping in today - though not so late as to miss breakfast. After breakfast we took another wander around the facility to snap pictures. Happily Grant even got a picture of my favorite black and white goose (or maybe duck, we're uncertain and will have to ask Bill and Mary, our bird experts, to clarify). By the time we got back to the room Sameh had been by again - this time he left us a towel in the shape of a heart with bouganvilla petals scattered on it. It's just been amazing here really, the details make all the difference between good and great (to borrow a catchy phrase).

We put on our suits and hit the pool. It was time for some sun and relaxation. We also got an excellent show. Turns out they do water aerobics in the pool each day, the instructor was quite a hoot. He was really getting in to it, and the ladies were very eager to keep up with him, if you know what I mean.

Lunch at the Waves again and off to the room to blog. Then it was time to get ready for the big event - our camel ride to a Bedouin dinner in the desert. We were picked up in the lobby by the tour guide we booked the trip with, Frank (from Germany) and his friend Gaby (from Argentina) joined us as well. Upon arriving in the 'desert' (it was just off the main road and you could still see power lines, but it was hot and dusty) we boarded our camels for the ride. The one Gaby was on was covered in a fair amount of crap, not sure why they don't hose him down. Upon arriving in camp, while waiting to get off the camels, Grant's camel decided it was time to take a whiz, while Grant was still on it. I guess it was better than when he was getting off the camel. Amazingly none of them spit while we were there.

We sat in the Bedouin 'tent' (some permanent wooden posts with blankets draped on them) on cushions and drank tea until dinner was ready. Dinner was simple - grilled meat (chicken or lamb), rice and potatoes, but it was good. We had a nice chat with Mohammed (our tour guide) about Sharm vs. the rest of Egypt and what the US is like too. Our night came to an end and it was time to return to the hotel to write this blog and do some very sad packing. On a happy note, Sameh left us a note - 'Find a penny, pick it up, and all day you'll have good luck' along with a 10 piaster coin. Again, very amazing little things that make all the difference. Tomorrow will be a short day here and then off to Cairo for some shopping and a flight home. Much sadness abounds here at the moment.

Check out Grant's blog for Day 21: A Sad Goodbye to Egypt.



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