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Jun 4, 2009 - Day 10 - St. Catherine's Monestary

After we showered and had breakfast we returned with the rest of the group to the base of Mt. Sinai to St. Catherine's Monestary. This location is based upon the Biblical story of Moses tending to his father-in-law Jethro's flock. Moses traditionally came to draw water from Jethro's well and saw a bush burning but not being consumed. We visited the traditional site of the well and what the locals claim to be the actual buring bush.

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Jun 3, 2009 - Day 9 - St. Catherine's Monestary

We stayed at Morgenland Hotel where we were told to lower our expectations because the hotel would be like “camping.” It wasn’t bad at all. There was a great big swimming pool right in the middle of the desert. The night was a little rough with the attack of the killer mosquitoes. Nothing wakes you up at night like your roommate banging a book against the wall to kill a flying bloodsucker. The view of the Mt. Sinai mountain range was really impressive. I can imagine hundreds of thousands of Israelites standing at the base and hearing the...

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Feb 6, 2009 - Mount Sinai

Hey Everyone, oday we climbed up mt. sinai. We took the hard way up and decided to actually climb the steps instead of using the path to the top. it took us 2 hours to reach the top. two hour workout for our legs and butt. ha ha. It was crazy to climb up the mountian and get to the top and see nothing but mountins and a small church at the top of this mountian in the middle of nowhere. We watched the sun set from the mountian top then headed back down the path. the other day we went for a Balloon ride at 7;30 in the morning and watched the...

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Nov 14, 2008 - Mount Sinai

we finally left cairo today...thank god -- we're so ready to leave! we did a 7 hr mini bus ride down the sinai portion of egypt. the trip was generally uneventful except that we were told that the 2nd rest stop was the only place to get food before our big trek up mt. sinai so we had to eat. the food at this place was soooo gross! our friend kenny ordered kofta (kind of like cevaps) and it came back completely raw! in a crazy way, we felt like this was our final test if we could handle all the craziness of egypt before we were rewarded with...

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Sep 26, 2008 - Mount Sinai

We took a 7 hour bus ride to Mt. Sinai. On the way we drove thru a tunnel going under the Suez Canal. We couldn't see the canal itself. Everyone climbed Mt. Sinai except for Amanda - she was feeling sick again. We went at a pretty fast pace. It took 2 hours to make it to the top and 1 1/2 hours to get back down. We stayed at the top for about an hour to watch the sunset. After we got back, I skipped dinner, took a shower, and went to bed.

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Aug 8, 2008 - Mount Sinai

Mt.ST. Catherine s In Sinai WOW!!!!! Everyday just gets better. I could not stop thinking about Mom and Dad...Nico was thinking about Auntie Vivian, we both were thinking about aunt Weda and all the people we know that would have love to somehow getto this tiny remote place on earth... LEt me start with..Spritual Holy Land it is...Orb pictures galore.. we arrived after a 7 hr bus trip through the desert of Sinai. Not alot to look at, equal to Vasquez Rocks, only sand stone rock formations inbedded in the sand. The Monastery of St Catherines...

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May 18, 2008 - Dahab

Our first day in Dahab was pretty much spent relaxing by the pool at our Dyarna hotel. Brent decided to get a massage while i decided to get a tan. Once fully relaxed we decided to walk down the beach front to Ali Babas resturant - the walk was reminding me alot of Thailand, there were so may cool resturants with out door eating areas right on the beach, also it was great because all the shop vendors leave you alone and the guys don't stare anywhere near as much as the rest of Egypt. Dinner was great fo $40 AUD each we had dips & bread,...

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May 16, 2008 - Sinai

On the 14th we drove the 6 hours to the Sinai Peninsula. There is alot of security along the way because of the fights over the land and there was increased security because Bush was heading to Sharem El Sheik (on the south of the peninsula) for a conference. We got to drive under the Sue Canal and along the coast of the Red Sea the majority of the way - you could see all the oil rigs out in the ocean - which is why petrol only costs egyptians the equivelent of 40cents per liter. After arriving at our simple hostel we had dinner and then...

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Apr 16, 2008 - Mt.Sinai

Left Cairo around 09.30 for the seven hour drive to the Sinai and our overnight accommodation. During the journey we drove under the Suez Canal then our tour leader tried to get us an opportunity to photo the canal, but unfortunately security wouldn't allow it! Arrived at St Katherine around 17.30hrs & checked into our Hostel accommodation. There were three persons to each room & in ours there was Grant, Fran and Bruce. The whole group went to bed early as wake up call was at 01.00am for our early morning climb of Mt Sinai. Got the wake up...

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Apr 11, 2008 - Chilling with the hippies at Dahab

We are writing this having just spent the last few days chilling out in Dahab. Dahab is renowned for being a retreat for hippies and backpackers - Heidi was here a few years ago and since then it has grown significantly with 5* resorts moving in. Despite this it still retains a chilled out backpacker charm with many cafes and bars lining the seafront. The main thing to do here is to sit in one of the numerous cafes eating and drinking, smoking Sheesha whilst fending off the scabby cats. Its all been so difficult but we tried our best to...

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Apr 7, 2008 - Meeting Moses at Mt Sinai

We left Cairo in a dust storm, passing under the Suez canal making our way to the Sinai region. The truck was quite empty with onl;y 6 of us on board. We meet up with 5 others who have already made their way down to Dahab on the red sea. After dinner we climbed Mount Sinai (with 20 odd people on another truck tour) in the dark. Mount sinai is supposedly (although still hotly disputed) where Moses received the 10 Commandments. It was a pretty easy trek apart from the last 300m which was a steep ascend of about 700 steps. However we blitzed...

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Dec 21, 2007 - Mount Sinai

Dec 21. The next morning, we began the long ride to the Sinai Peninsula. We went under the Suez Canal and drove along it for an hour. From the road, it looked like the boats were driving across the sand. Eventually, we started seeing mountains and climbing up to about 2200 meters. The hotel was inside the St. Catherine's preserve (a nature preserve) - so it was basically in the middle of nowhere. It had the largest pool I have seen in a hotel (in the shape of the cross!) but since it was about 42F, we didn't go in. After a big lunch, we...

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