Chilling on the Red Sea

Whew. It looks like the heat wave is over for now. With predicted highs mostly in the low 90s I think we are in for better days over the next couple of weeks.


Man attempting to keep cool in Cairo. The picture came from an Egyptian news article earlier in the week but darned if I can find it now to give photo credit.

Lucky for us, we missed the first two days of the weekend’s miserable weather. Our colleague Julia organizes weekend trips to the Red Sea with the dive company Deco Divers, and we had reserved places on her latest teacher outing: a two-night “live-aboard” dive/snorkel excursion out of Hurghada on a 30-meter yacht.


Our home on the Red Sea. Photo: Deco Divers

It was a long drive to Hurghada after school on Thursday (last time, we flew) but it was fun to be on a bus with our friends.


Plenty here to keep me happy for six hours.

The boat was very comfortable,

and the food prepared by the crew was great.


Breakfast buffet.

There are plenty of opportunities to get diving certification – Julia is an instructor – but neither Andreas nor I has taken the plunge as yet. Maybe next year.

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But for now we are both very happy snorkelers. We explored all around this little island, Um Gamar. The big brownish-green area surrounding the island is the reef. Sorry no fish pix. I don’t have an underwater camera (yet).

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On the last morning we were greeted by friendly dolphins, who swam with us snorkelers and the divers below for a long time (photos by one of the divers).

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One of the divers also took this with her GoPro:


About lornaofarabia

I am a teacher from Medford, Oregon. I currently live and work in Cairo, Egypt.
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