Middle East | Egypt – So this is it……
I’m having some trouble getting to grips with the fact that I’m leaving Egypt tomorrow. I’ve been living in Dahab for nearly three months now, and it feels like home. I can’t walk down the waterfront without bumping into people I know. Watching the sun go down with a cold beer and good company has become a nightly ritual. Likewise the glorious sunshine of the afternoons, and the calm, blue waters of the Red Sea are daily there to draw me into chilled tranquility. But, alas, the time has come to depart. A couple of weeks ago I completed my Divemaster, and the indignity of the snorkel test, in which I was required to drink half a litre of gin, rum, orange juice, coconut milk and beer….through a snorkel. Since then I’ve been relaxing, doing a bit of diving, and generally soaking up the atmosphere.
I’ve got mixed feelings about leaving. On the one hand I’m ready to go. Dahab is a very small place, and the longer you spend here the smaller it seems to become. It’s like an English village – everyone knows what everyone else is up to. At the same time I know I’ll miss it really badly once I’ve gone, especially the diving. A few days ago we had a friend of mine who is an underwater videographer come diving with us and make a video. It’s beautiful, but when I watch it back home it’s going to make my heart ache.
To be fair though, I really can’t complain. If all goes according to plan then I’ll only be back in the UK for a week or so, and then I’m hopefully moving to Thailand to combine both of my ‘overseas money earning’ pursuits – teaching and diving. Whatever happens, I’ve got the memory of the last three months in Egypt and Jordan. Cairo, Siwa, Petra, the Western Deserts, Dahab, and the world under the water. It’s all been fantastic and unforgettable. I have a suspicion I might be back. Indeed I have to be, because it turns out one of my friends is planning to have a record breaking underwater wedding next year, and it would be frankly rude not to attend that!