21 Oct 2010

My Holidays in EGYPT

Jenny Matlock
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E like EGYPT

If you think you will get now a history lesson about pharaohs and pyramids I have to disappoint you, I am only in Egypt at the Red Sea to the fill myself up with Vitamin D. The Red Sea is the ideal place for a poor Europeans who are in need of Sunshine. Good weather is guaranteed always around , 30°C (86 F) the sea is very warm at least 25 °C (77) and the sea is so blue as if somebody had thrown blue color in it. It's only about 4 h flight from Belgium and the price is very reasonable. For 2 weeks full board around 1100 € in this period of the year.

You can almost walk on the water as it is already written in the bible, because the Red Sea is so salty and uneven under water so that sometimes you can see people in the middle of the sea standing up and waving !


Our work in Egypt is very hard. My friend and I are laying on nice beach beds the whole day long, and of course we observe the people and of course chat about them. There are lots of British people, some Germans too and Russians. We swim a lot in the warm sea and today suddenly a fish jumped out of the water over my nose into the water again. I almost forgot to swim I was so startled ! I had never had a fish jumping over my nose. But fortunately I found my reflexes again and you can be assured I don't return to Belgium in a coffin.


This year I had changed the hotel because the other one was infested by Russians or rather Ukrainians who stole everything from coffee spoons to toilet paper holders and this is not an exaggeration. Unfortunately Egypt had signed contracts with Ukrainian travel agencies, not knowing that they drink Wodka like we drink Water and then demolished the beautiful 4 * hotels.

In this Hotel every guest is behaving normal (so far), which in some way is almost boring. The Russians even have good table manners and don't eat with the fingers out of the plate like last year.

I hadn't forgotten that you have to haggle for everything, even in the pharmacy, this belongs to the uses and is usually handled with a lot of fun. Egyptians at least in this part of the country have a lot of humor and are always ready for a joke.


In the evenings there are nice shows, we saw already a Brazilian show with real nice dancers.







The sun is so strong that we stay in the shade otherwise we would look dry like Egyptian mummies when we return home.

you can find other posts about Egypt on my travel blog

19 comments:

Mar said...

Nice to know you are enjoying your holidays! I am sure you will have funny stories to tell, even if the other guests are still behaving :)
Don't forget your sunscreen and hat, cheers!

Thom said...

Borrow one of the cats hats. LOL. Loved reading about the Red Sea. I've always heard that. Sounds like your having a good time. Great pictures. :)

jfb57 said...

My grandmother spent much of her life in Egypt & my mother fell of a camel there! It is one place that is on my 'must visit before I die' list! Hope my work is as exhausting as yours!

Francisca said...

E for Egypt is Excellent. A relaxing time on the Red Sea is Energizing. People behaving better is... err... Elevating. :-D But I must tell you, Gattina, I do so Enjoy Eating with my hands! In the Philippines it is the tradition and it's called Kamayan. happy E day to you!

My name is PJ. said...

E is for exceptionally entertaining!! Egypt is only a mystical place in the minds of many of us!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

I really enjoyed your post and your pictures. It looks like Egypt is a must see.

Maribeth said...

Sounds like a wonderful time! I wish I was there. It is cold and dark and will rain later on.

Judie said...

This is a most interesting post! I love your pictures, too. My eldest son was stationed in Egypt some twenty plus years ago. He brought me some very beautiful gifts when he came home.

Write Chick said...

It's supposed to snow in a few days where I live, so I'm so jealous. Your trip looks so fun and warm. Have a great time. :-)

Rocky Mountain Woman said...

We are sitting here waiting for a snow storm...

I want to be there, not here!

Jackie said...

Hi Gattina! I want to go to Egypt and I appreciated your E post today. It sounds wonderful. I lol'd at your hard work laying out on beaches ...

Sue said...

Sounds perfect, except for the "infestation" of thieves.

Glad you got other accommodations...

=)

Su-sieee! Mac said...

I have now shaken my thinking that Egypt is just about pyramids, old Hollywood movies, and sand. Thank you! I like the image of the fish jumping over your nose as you swam.
:-)
Su-sieee! Mac
This and That. Here and There. Now, Sometimes Then.

A Lady's Life said...

hahahaha I remember we had to entertain a group of Russians. We took them to a retaurant and ordered a meal and by the time we had a chance to open our mouths to eat, they finished everything and sat and watched us eat which of course we could not, being watched like that. lol
Then when my husband went to Moscow, they stole so much stuff from his room. I guess they don't have things there.But if they can afford the trip they can afford to buy.

I have to ask.
Have you seen any Kittas in Egypt yet???
lol

Mama Zen said...

I'm envying you that beach time!

RNSANE said...

I loved hearing about your holiday. Though I've visited 45 countries and 20 Caribbean islands, Egypt is one place I've missed and, since my nursing position of 21 years ended nearly two years ago in San Francisco's massive budget cuts, I've been grounded. I must live vicariously through adventures like yours. Thanks for sharing your trip with me.

Jo said...

Hi Gattina, I love your descriptions in this post. The sea, the sand, the salty [deep blue] water, the hotel and the reason why you changed hotels from last year. You just enjoy your "job" of soaking up the Vit D on our beautiful continent. Have a great day. Blessings and hugs, Jo

Jenny said...

Oh Gattina!

I have always wanted to go to Egypt and today I took a small trip there with you on Alphabe-Thursday!

I never thought of this country behond the aspect of the pyramids so it was fun to see it from a different perspective.

Thanks for the great link.

I totally enjoyed my visit here today.

A+

claudie said...

So you changed your hostel!!! I was waiting for news about the russians!! Hi Hi!!! Have fun, Gattina!!! I hope i can visit Egypt with you next year!!!