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Sharm el Sheikh; the not-so Egyptian holiday

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What can I say? It was fun. Although enjoyable, not my sort of holiday. I tend to dislike the "Disney-esque" charades that all-inclusive holidays put on and can now say it isn't really for me.

Sharm el: Sheikh: My girlfriend and I stayed at a pretty nice resort right on the beach. Typically we like to explore the local culture by sampling the food and seeing what local life has to offer. This posed quite difficult in Sharm as it seemed to just be a built up tourist city that catered to tourists. Simply, a fake city, I suppose all-inclusive holidays are nice for families or hassle free travels that just want to sit around at a hotel for days on end, but not for us. When I say "us," I am referring to my girlfriend and I to whom I do most of my travels with.

We initially wanted to do as many cultural sites as possible, including; Mt Sinai, St. Catherine's Monastery, and so on, however; we went in low-season and there were no tours operating on our days and, at the time, we were advised against traveling there alone since there was so much security on the way. What were we to do for 5 days at a hotel? Wonderfully, Sharm el Sheikh is also known for its excellent diving and clear waters in the Red Sea. Instead of immersing in local custom and sites on land in the desert, we opted to get PADI certified in the Red Sea.

The only downside during the process of certification was that after many attempts trying to clear my ears under water, I came out of the sea, my face had blood all over it and I was spitting up snotty blood fragments. Quite the image, right? Apparently, I held my nose too high and blew too hard. But apart from that, it was an awesome time. I suppose once you become accustomed to the pressure then your ears won't get stopped up so easily. The holiday was pretty short so we only had time for a 2-day course for PADI Scuba Diver, but a good starting point for a potential travel hobby.

Overall, I don't recommend Sharm el Sheikh unless you are anxious to go on a hotel imprisoned all-inclusive holiday while sipping poolside cocktails and enjoying cheesy sideshows, or want to indulge in the spoils of the beautiful Red Sea by learning to SCUBA. Want more info about the Sharm, just let me know.

Posted by derekdhardin 11:30 Archived in Egypt Tagged beach scuba weekend sharm Comments (0)

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