This blog was originally designed to keep me sane as I began learning Arabic. It morphed into a blog of musings about Arabic, the Middle East, and the Islamic World, as well as book reviews about those topics. Then, the blog became a place to keep my family and friends updated on my adventures while I was living abroad. During May and June of 2012, I had a 6-week long internship in Cairo, Egypt through a international student organization called AIESEC. I taught English at the Awladi Orphanage in Cairo, home to several hundred children. I lived in an apartment in Nasr City before moving to Maadi (each is a distinct area of Cairo). I experienced President Mursi's election, camped in the western desert, rode camels by the pyramids, and had countless other experiences. I have since moved past this blog, on towards new endeavors, but if you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment! Enjoy!

Dahab

I can't resist posting this BBC travel article about Dahab! Visiting the coast was such a great way to spend my 19th birthday, and I would love to go back someday.

Dahab: The independently-minded beach resort 

 Dahab, a Bedouin village approximately 80km northeast of Sharm el Sheik, has grown from a scruffy hippy hangout into a mellow tourism centre that is one of the Sinai’s most treasured diving destinations. For beginners, Dahab offers an enticing mix of superb shallow, shore-accessed dives and plenty of fellow novices to share a beer with afterwards. More advanced divers will be lured to the challenge of the Blue Hole dive site just north of town. Be warned, this is not a traditional beach break; central Dahab's narrow, pebbly shoreline is speckled with Bedouin-inspired restaurants where travellers lounge sipping fruit juice and gazing out to sea. Distinctly chilled-out, non-flashy and ultra-friendly, Dahab pairs all the amenities of a holiday town with a more authentic Egyptian experience. Budget-conscious travellers flock here for the guesthouses and hostels, but Dahab has evolved to offer plenty of family-friendly and mid-range accommodations as well, making it an excellent option if you prefer to forgo fancy hotels in favour of low-rise, independently-operated places. All the accommodations either have their own dive centre attached or can recommend one nearby."
We went snorkeling at the Blue Hole: "This dive site is more famous for claiming dozens of diver's lives than for its actual beauty, which is a shame as this fascinating sinkhole, around 130m deep, is teeming with marine life on its edges and can be explored safely as long as divers do not go beyond their depth." 

http://www.bbc.com/travel/feature/20121017-red-sea-diving-alternatives-to-sharm-el-sheikh

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