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Dahab, Egypt

From Cairo we headed to north to the Red Sea to a small town called Dahab.

Dahab used to be a big hippie community, but in more recent decades it is seeing a giant increase in tourism because of it’s untouched coral reefs. We spent the better part of a week relaxing on the beach, snorkeling, scuba diving, and – most importantly – watching every World Cup game we could get our hands on.

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Home for a week.

Diving the coral reefs in Dahab was definitely some of the best diving The Khalerias had ever done. The amount of diversity and sealife is insane! Our divemaster was kind enough to take some pictures for us along the way…

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From Dahab, we said goodbye to Egypt and ‘Merhaba’ to Turkey!

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Cairo, Egypt

Cairo is one of the craziest, dirtiest, and most crowded places The Khalerias have ever been. Its also filled with some of the most dishonest people we’ve encountered.

My opinions of Cairo aren’t that great, so I’ll keep it short and post some pictures…

DSC03416Overlooking Cairo

IMG_0828The Nile

IMG_0903 IMG_0905 Piles of trash along the highway.

One of the highlights during our stay was visiting the Citadel of Salah Al-Din – a beautiful mosque, and one of the biggest in the world. If you’ve been to Istanbul, you will notice the architecture is almost identical to the Blue Mosque. DSC03703 DSC03711 DSC03718

We spent most of our time in Cairo avoiding being scammed, taken advantage of, or lied to about where to go/what to do. Don’t get me wrong – if you can find an honest person to talk to, Egyptians are some of the nicest people I have encountered. Its just fairly impossible to weed through the bad to find the good.

If I were to go back to Egypt again – I would definitely go with a tour group. It seems most people who went with an organized tour were able to sift through the bad parts of Cairo to enjoy themselves more than I did.

After five days in Cairo, we decided to head to the Dahab – on the Red Sea – for some relaxing, diving, and snorkeling.

*A special happy, happy birthday to my mallow today. Wish I could be there with you to celebrate!

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We took an overnight trip from Cairo to Baharia, Egypt to visit the White Sands Desert.
Why we decided to do this when the weather was over 50 C (thats 122 F!) is lost on me. But the desert was quite a sight…

DSC03521The black sand part of the White Sand Desert?DSC03565 Pretty sure that road sign says “Its really, really hot here” DSC03586DSC03601 DSC03630(All the white stuff is what your third grade teacher uses as chalk.)DSC03595Ryan’s stunt double nose.

DSC03636 The bird and the tree…

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A group of foxes came and ate our leftovers – right out of our guide’s spoon. The guide said that there was no food out there and the foxes relied on humans to eat… but I don’t buy it.

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Our campsite for the night.

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