Sunday, September 12, 2010
Some friends and I decided to get out of town for a few days during the Eid holiday here in Egypt. We (7 Egyptians, 6 Americans, and 1 Brit) headed to Ras Shitan, an area on the Sinai Peninsula right on the Red Sea. We needed our passports for the journey, and though we never left Egypt we did technically leave the continent, and spent the weekend in Asia.
The camp where we stayed was minimalist, as was the price. We spent our days lounging, swimming, eating, and playing games. (Yes, I did introduce the Egyptians to bananagrams and yes they did love them.) At night we slept outside under the stars, and gazed across the sea to what was either Israel, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, or a combination.
I'm back in Cairo now, but hey at least I'm a little more tan and a little less stressed.
The pictures above show our huts surrounded by mountains and the Red Sea at sunrise. Below is a link to an article with a worthwhile description of the area.