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Oct 17, 2010 - Cairo - Mt Sinai

Room mate arrived in around 130 after her delayed flight. Up at 0530 for a a 630 off, breakfast box in hand - juice, cheese, hard boiled egg and sweet bread rolls. Did the job though. 2 1/2 hours to the Suez canal and about 50 km out started passing a lot of military posts. Tunnel under the canal not particularly long but the canal itself quite disappointing - Not a lot to see but did capture a few ships that appeared to be on the sand. Looong drive to Mt Sinai and St Katherine;s monastery. Funny Chalet type accomodation, but good shower...

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May 22, 2010 - St Katherine's Monastery

Today is our last full day in Egypt and we spent it (the first half anyway) visiting one last "sight" - appropriate for a place with so much to see. We were off to Mount Sinai, sort of. We were to visit the monastery at it's base, first built in 330AD by the burning bush from which god had spoken to Moses. Since then it's enjoyed a succession of influential benfactors, from Roman Emperors through to Napoleon, giving the monastery special protection when Sinai as a whole has changed hands. It's now one of the longest continuously functioning...

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Mar 3, 2010 - ...to the heights of the mountains.

We then met at 11:30 pm Saturday night to leave for Mt. Sinai. I took a 2 hour nap before then and slept for 2 hours on the bus preparing myself for this climb. We started climbing about 2:30 am and got to the top around 6 am. It was FREEZING the whole way up and at the top! Dena has climbed it 5 times previously and this was the windy-est she had ever seen it. We learned the value of the "penguin huddle" we called it clumping together as close as we could. Being up there for the sunrise was incredible. Also thinking about the fact that a...

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Dec 3, 2009 - Desert Hiking in the Sinai

Well, it’s just past 7 p.m. Like most nights since our arrival in the Middle East, however, it feels several hours later. A couple of hours ago, we returned to our base at Bedouin Paths from a long day of hiking in the Sinai desert with our Bedouin guide Oda. We had a great day of hiking with perfect crisp fall temperatures and blue skies. We began our hike in a small Bedouin village a couple of kilometers away from Al-Malga shortly after 7 o’clock this morning and spent the bulk of the day traversing a number of valleys in the Sinai. While...

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Break From the Law

Dec 2, 2009 - Visit to St Katherine’s Monastery & Hiking Mt Sinai

It is almost 6 o’clock on the nose here in our room at Bedouin Paths. It is cold outside, and our small heater heated room offers a comfortable haven from the chilly evening desert air outside. Currently, the song of the muezzin broadcast from the mosque’s loudspeakers a few hundred meters down the road is drowning out the Nora Jones playing on our portable speaker we have with us. Given we are in a rural village in the Sinai, I suppose this should be expected. We’ll be heading into the village to eat dinner in around an hour or so, but...

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Break From the Law

Dec 1, 2009 - Overnighting at the Bedouin Paths Desert Camp in the Sinai

“Obama is actually Sudanese”, a Sudanese employee of Bedouin Paths Desert Camp named Kamell stated to me matter-of-factly earlier this evening as we both clustered around the small heater in Bedouin Paths reception area in the tiny hamlet of Al-Malga in Egypt’s Sinai desert. Now, I can understand that many countries have laid claim to the 21st century’s most famous citizen of the world. In the course of my travels alone, I’ve heard Obama’s Ugandan as his grandfather allegedly hailed from Uganda, he’s Kenyan as per his Kenyan-born father...

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Break From the Law

Nov 7, 2009 - Climbing Mt. Sinai

Hello from Cairo!!! Today we woke up at 2 am, bundled up in all our warm clothes and hiked Mt. Sinai! Sinai is the mountain that Moses climbed to get the 10 Commandments. The climb was completely pitch dark and took three hours of rather strenuous climbing to get to the top. The trail was incredibly packed with other climbers and with camels carrying those who didn't want to hike. The last 30 minutes of the hike were intense because it was scrambling up steep rocks to get to the very top. I got to the top just in time for the sunrise over...

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Aug 16, 2009 - Snorkeling and Mt. Sinai

Today was incredible. We woke up early for snorkeling at Blue Hole near Dahab. We took a tuk tuk to Blue Hole early in the morning so we were one of the few people there. The reef was incredible with a ton of different coral and fish. I snorkeled for about an 1 1/2 hours and Brooke, well, lets just say she could have been out there all day. Around eleven we headed back to the Sphinx and relaxed by the pool. I took a two hour nap in preparation for our overnight hike up Mt. Sinai. We met with our hiking group at eleven for the 2 hour drive...

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Aug 8, 2009 - Down the Mountain to St. Katherine's

We had time to get ready for the trek back down the mountain. We knew we had to go down the 700 + steps and then it would be decision time for which method we would choose for going down. It is certainly easier going up stairs than coming down. Elaine and Cory agreed that it was probably a good thing they went up in the dark, because the path looked so much more frightening in the daylight. One thing that we had not seen on the trip up was the “Attention Danger” signs. It was an amazing and incredible view from the top, and in some ways...

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Aug 7, 2009 - The MOUNTAIN

It was just before 11:00 p.m. when Cory and Elaine headed to the office for their pick up for their excursion. The following paragraph is written by Elaine and Cory: As we headed to the office we realized the time in Hope was 1:00 pm, and we realized that many of our friends and people from Hope and area would be gathering at the Grace Baptist Church for the Celebration of Life of Alex Lowe. As much as this journal is about our adventures and experiences we are having, this is also our life. Even though we are miles away, the tragic...

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Jun 21, 2009 - Climbing Mt Sinai

After meeting with my tour group last night, we headed off this morning to St Katherine, a seven hour drive north of Cairo, and the home of St Katherine's monastery, where the burning bush is reputed to exist, and Mount Sinai, where Moses received the ten commandments. In the afternoon we climbed Mt Sinai for sunset, partially because it's gorgeous from that viewpoint, and partially to escape the heat of the day. I opted for the climb up the 3000 steps of repentence which are in the shade, as opposed to the switch-backed walk up the...

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Kirsti's Odyssey

Jun 14, 2009 - Mt Sinai

Today was a looong 8 hour drive from Cairo to Mt Sinai, leaving at 6am in a rather cramped little minibus. Things are not looking good for group bonding so far. During the entire 8 hour drive there was no conversation at all, except between myself, Mike and Nikki (a British couple who I have been travelling with already in Egypt). It’s a decidedly motley crew and no one has anything in common with anyone else it seems. I am hoping the group dynamics will improve but I really don’t think so, despite my best efforts. None the less I am really...

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Taking the Long Way

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