We arrived about 10pm last night after the long bus ride. You can see why they have so many accidents in Egypt. They are just morons but thankfully we have had great drivers along the way. Our hotel is fantastic and they have progressively gotten better as the trip has gone on. We have 3 full days here so pretty happy about that. There is plenty to do in Hurghada and lots of shops around as well as no street hustlers so it will be more relaxing. The Red Sea is across the road so can't wait to go for a swim on the beach.
Today we got to have a bit of a sleep in but were up in time for breakfast, then off to the boat to head out diving for the day. Dean, Jess & Caitlin joined Jac & I in enthusiasm to dive the Red Sea. We boarded the boat and felt a little outnumbered as we were surrounded by Russians. But that didn't matter as we were psyched and settled into the cabin for the trip. The others hadn't dived before so they received the training Egypt style. A ten minute crash course of information overload and they were ready to go, no need for 4 day courses over here.
After a 30 mins cruise we arrived at our first dive site. The water was so blue and full of fish and the weather was warm, a perfect day to be out on the water. The Russians were first to go in so it was a little while before we were up. Our group were eventually called one by one and came back buzzing. There's nothing quite like your first dive. Jac & I were last in and after convincing them we were qualified we followed our guide down. It was only 10 meters but we got to see plenty. We played with clown fish and anemones and got to touch plenty of stuff. Our guide played with a sea urchin and spent a little while pulling out spikes. The highlight though was finding an octopus which the guide set about poking and harassing to get it to change colour. All the things we are taught not to do. Damn I love Egyptians. Our next site was not quite as exciting but we enjoyed it none the less. Not as many things to poke but we had a nice dive.
It was then back to the hotel to relax and get ready for a big night. We grabbed Dan, from NZ, the Columbians and Wally, our guide, and headed out to a seafood restaurant for an average feed. From there it was back to the hotel to finish off some spirits, but via a few bars on the way. We shared some sheisha and had some really crap drinks as Egyptians don't have a clue how to make a nice drink. We said goodbye to Wally and the Columbians as we made our way to the hotel.
We proceeded to drink plenty as the others pulled out some cards and taught us more brilliant drinking games. When we left the hotel we were feeling pretty good about things and our neighbors would have been happy to hear us leave. We made our way to Ministry Of Sound where we carved up the dance floor and made a mess of ourselves.
At 4.30am we left to make our way back home. Obviously we had an obligatory Maccas stop and here is where we lost a soldier. Caitlin waited out the front as we indulged in a smashed feast. When we walked back out she was gone. Not much we could do at this stage but head home so we ignored the taxis and wandered back along the street. As we headed to our floor we were happy to see she was home safely. Curled up nice and comfy.... on the floor. We took obligatory photos then we woke her from her drunken slumber and everyone went to bed. Dan & I wandered to the beach to see the sun rise, but after 20 mins of it not getting lighter and both dropping off to sleep we headed back to the hotel. An awesome night but we are all going to feel it tomorrow/ today.
Ps. Photo is obviously from Cairo. Don't have any on my iPhone from Hurgada.