Monday, May 10, 2010
Mt Sinai and St Catherine’s Monastry
We also found out that newspapers were a common form of currency across these desert roads. At each checkpoint our driver would pass a newspaper to the guard who would then instantly wave us through and dive into the paper. Since news sometimes travels at a snails pace in this part of the world, a current newspaper is highly valuable and can go along way to grease the wheels so to say. Some things in life are as simple as that. Oh, and there was nothing else in the newspapers, we asked about that too! That is a photo of one of the checkpoints close to the Suez canal, notice the boat up top.
After the long drive, we arrived at our hotel and dove straight into a hearty lunch buffet in preparation for our climb of Mt. Sinai. Food – good; hotel room – not so good! The room was nice enough but we saw about a half dozen mosquitoes on the wall of the bathroom when we went in so we knew we’d have a fight on our hands!
Josh was just bouncing up the steps. Ugh. Oh well, not all of us are athletes! Haha!
The view at the top was great; it was overcast but you could still see the vastness of the area. Sinai is a rough countryside - just a vast rugged part of the world. We took a great group shot and then had a little fun of our own trying to get a jumping shot on top of Mt. Sinai. I was thinking about just jumping up off the ground but Josh had other ideas… the series of photos tells it best!
We got back to our hotel, had the buffet dinner, then killed about 12 mozzies (hope the neighbors weren’t bothered by Josh slapping his sandals against the walls!) and called it a night. Needless to say, we slept pretty well. I lathered up in mozzie repellent and slept like a baby. Josh didn’t lather up quite as well and heard a few buzzes around his head all night. Fortunately, we survived the mozzies about the best of the group. Most everyone else hadn’t seen them on entry like we had so they didn’t expect them.
The next morning at breakfast we learned a few new things about mosquitoes from our Aussie friends. First, you don’t say mosquito, you say “mozzie”. They have slang for everything, but you have to admit "mozzie" is easier to say! Also, to defend against the midnight mozzie attack it’s best to turn on a fan or air conditioning. They have weak little wings and any wind will usually deter them. Dang, that would have been handy knowledge last night!
In the heat of the day, we departed from Mt. Sinai and made our way to paradise – Sawa Beach Camp!
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