Why is this seat so small!

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May 26, 2009 – Day 152 -  Dahab, Egypt

Despite the firm declarations of the bus attendant, driver, and ticket guy the bus to Dahab was NOT 12 hours but turned out to be 17! On top of that, it was the most uncomfortable 17 hours of our lives and we now have multiple bruises and perhaps even some permanent bone-reshaping from the unusually tiny dimensions of the bus interior.

Donkeys seem to be OK though

Donkeys seem to be OK though

The seats were extraordinarily narrow even for our small frames and the ceiling was, when we were seated, a maximum of 2 inches above our heads. It was as if the bus company decided to squeeze in an extra row or two, the result being the person in front of Lin literally reclined very rudely and painfully on Lin’s bony knees.

But—when we arrived in Dahab, it was all worth it. A quiet little beach town with few tourists remaining in the current low season, we seem to have Dahab mostly to ourselves. First order of business was to examine the famed Red Sea. It far exceeded any expectation we could have ever set forth. The tide was low, leaving behind thousands of tide pools across the wide shore filled with plenty of stranded starfish, crabs, sea snails, and plenty of other unidenitifiable creatures.

Starfish!

Starfish!

Saben smokin' some shisha

Saben smokin' some shisha

We spent our evening on a rooftop bar smoking shisha, admiring the stars and twinkling lights of Saudi Arabia just across the bay. What a life!

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