Upon heading to Dahab I had already spent a month in Egypt and being honest with you I had not had much time to relax or get rest. Every day I had been up to something. If I wasn’t visiting Pyramids… I was spending time in Tahrir Square watching life go by. If I wasn’t in the Sahara Desert… I was spending time visiting Temples. If I wasn’t falling in love with Elephantine Island… I was falling in love with Luxor from above. And if I wasn’t doing any of that I was ummm freezing to death getting my way around Egypt by bus or train.
Dahab is a little beach town situated on the southeast coast of the Sinai Peninsula in Egypt. It is world renowned for it’s amazing diving. I however, was not going for the diving… I have no interest in that what so ever. I was heading down there to enjoy it’s clear waters and a week of doing a whole bunch of nothing. I had found a resort that had dorm rooms for 40L.E. ($6.66) that included breakfast buffet, wifi, gym, pool and a private beach for that price. It was a bit of luxury in that I hadn’t had in a while. So what did I do during my week in Dahab… like I mentioned a whole lot of nothing with a bit of adventure here and there. I’ll show ya some photos of what I did during my time there before going into a short detail of the routine I got into.
—MY BROKEN WATCH—
—MAIN PROMENADE OF DAHAB—
—ME IN THE RED SEA WITH SAUDI ARABIA BEHIND ME—
—ONE OF THE MANY BOOK STORES I WALKED INTO—
—THE AMAZING MEAL I WAS GETTING FOR $2.92—
—ONE OF THE BEAUTIFUL LAMPS I LOVED IN TOWN—
—I DID SOME SHOPPING—
—YOU WILL FIND CAMELS ENJOYING THE BEACH TOO—
—SNORKELING AT THE BLUE HOLE–
—ME ON THE BACK OF THE TRUCK THAT GAVE US A RIDE INTO TOWN—
—LIGHTS HANGING ON THE MAIN PROMENADE OF DAHAB—
—HOW I SPENT MY LAST DAY—
Ahhh isn’t Dahab beautiful??? Now that I showed ya photos… this is what I really did. Yes my lovely watch that I had all year decided to die on me… so I literally lost track of time and loved it. I would wake up around 8am everyday. No clue why my body would get up that early, but it did. Maybe because I was in paradise? I would then gather with my friends and enjoy our breakfast buffet. Then chat a bit before getting dressed to lounge around either on the beach or by the resort pool for a few hours. Then when we got hungry would make our way to the same restaurant that sold us some amazing Egyptian food for $1. Then we would walk around town looking at different books shops looking for something amazing to read. Other times I would spend a few minutes trying to bargain for random things. Then go back to the resort relax spend some time online and take a nap then when we got hungry would go out for a giant feast at King Chicken.
We loved our little routine, but one day did change it up and rented bicycles to bike out to the Blue Hole. I guess we shouldn’t have messed with something we knew that worked already. It took us forever to get out there because we had strong winds against us… when we finally got there we were able to rent snorkel gear and a wet suit for $5. I loved the snorkeling, but couldn’t stay out there forever. On the way back my bike decided to break and we had to walk a good portion back. That was until we decided to stop a random truck and ask for a ride back into town. The truck was filled with Egyptians who spoke no English, but understood we needed a ride back. They didn’t hesitate a bit, they threw our bikes in the back and asked us to hop on. It was quite the experience and such an amazing feeling. That of course made me love Egypt even more.
So that is how I spent my week in Dahab… it reminded me of the week I spent in Caye Caulker, Belize. I loved every minute of it… except for the cold night that came along with some strong cold winds. Dahab is a place you can spend weeks upon weeks at and loose track of time and never get bored. My visit was during the winter and even though I was able to work on my tan and lay out a lot I can’t wait to be back during the summer and spend a few more weeks here. Have you been to Dahab? Did you like it just as much? What does your routine look like when you spend a week in paradise doing nothing?