Rising at 8.30am, we had our last breakfast at Aladdin
before fronting the tour agency. Poor man - he knew
we (and many other irate tourists apparently) were
coming and he was cringing. Apparently, one of his
tour guides hadn't turned up the previous day so
he had taken a tour himself. This left the office
unattended and the drivers took full advantage.
Many tourists had been left stranded at various
points and he had no option but to refund their
money. We only asked that he refund us the EP30
we had paid to Samir's driver to bring us
back from the Blue Hole. He was very grateful
- apparently, quite a few tourists had demanded
full refunds which was a bit mean.
it was time to get a ride to Tarabin via
Nuweiba. We had missed the service taxi, which
left at 9.30am so we decided to price hiring a taxi
for the one hour trip. We eventually departed on
the Big Yellow Taxi at a cost of EP120.00
for the trip.
had no problems on the drive to Nuweiba
- so surprising, as we always seem to end
up with dodgy transport. Tarabin
is the "beach" scene of Nuweiba
- similar to Dahab about twenty years
ago. We loved it on sight! Lovely sandy
beaches stretched along the shore as we
pulled up at the Blue Duck Camp.
The owner was delighted to see us and showed
us a variety of rooms. Basic but clean,
they ranged from EP25 (shared shower)
to EP40 with shower and a "big
room" with 2 double beds and shower
for EP60. We chose two doubles with
showers and settled down for our "welcome
drink" of tea. And our welcome yelp,
lick and wriggle from an enchanting
white puppy called Seko.
was so quiet after Dahab! Only one
lady shared our hotel (shown on the left)
and as we walked up the street, it appeared
most hotels were empty. A few Russian tourists
were staying in a hotel at the other end of
the beach but times were hard, we could see.
explored a local bar and were taken aback
to find a large pelican in residence. Named
Samira, she had total control. We watched
in amusement as she approached a couple trying
to have a meal. Casting a beady eye over the
proceeds, she swept her beak across the table
and calmly helped herself. Loud cries of protest
were to no avail - she stood tall, flapping
her wings and snapping that big beak.
Two little kittens playing under the table
came in for scrutiny too but I managed to
remove them before they ended up as an extra
snack for Samira.
spent two days in Tarabin, eating at
Blue Bus in the evenings and enjoying
the peace and quiet. Doug was due to
leave for Taba and his journey through
Israel and back to London on
3rd January and we would then continue our
journey to mainland Egypt.
Tarabin is a lovely, peaceful spot
and can be reached easily from Nuweiba.
I would thoroughly recommend spending a few
days there for anyone who enjoys the simple
life. Tours to the Rainbow Canyon and
St Catherine's Monastery can be arranged
by the hotels and there are several small
shops which offer the usual tourist traps
- ie jewellery, cheap T-shirts and Bedouin