Been in Dahab last five days, very different to rest of Egypt. Very relaxed & touristy atmosphere. Arrived here about 4:30am Monday after our overnight bus ride. Been out for dinner every night at the beautiful open air beachside restaurants & enjoyed the days swimming, relaxing, shopping & snorkelling...aah paradise! Monday night we were on the bus again at 11:00pm for a 2-hour return journey to a place called St Katherine's in Siani where we would start our 2.5 hour climb up Mt Siani. Stumbling out of the bus at 1:30am we started our trek by torchlight, having regular pittstops along the way. After climbing the last part (700 steps!) we made it to the top & treated ourselves with a hot chocolate. By 4:30am we were at the peak & settled in with our sleeping bags to wait for the sunrise, which was well worth waiting for. It was an amazing experience & defenitely worth the climb. On our return we slept for about 4 hours then out to dinner again. Our favourite spot was a place called Alcapone's. In Dahab seafood is the specialty & a plate of calamari or whole grilled fish only cost between 3-5 English pounds. Next day was spent snorkelling at a place called the blue hole. Took a jeep & travelled about half an hour. The fish & coral were amazing... disappointed I didn't have an underwater camera at the time. Some of the other girls were sunbaking while a few of us were snorkelling & Renee got severely charred! The last few days we've been sitting by the pool & buying souviners for family & friends. Beautiful jewellery, bags, shoes & hand-made ornaments. Renee bought herself a shee-sha (also called a water-pipe or hubbly-bubbly) which is a large smoking pipe filled with water, used to smoke flavoured nicotine (ie, apple, peach melon flavours). Very popular over here in both Egypt and Turkey. Heading back to Cairo tonight by bus (about 7-hour journey) and then back to London shortly after.