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What do I do with my life - still pondering that, keep exploring the possibilities I suppose...

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Everyone, in some small sacred sanctuary of the self, is nuts. -Leo Rosten, author (1908-1997)

We think caged birds sing, when indeed they cry. -John Webster, playwright (c. 1580-1634)

There are two kinds of light -- the glow that illuminates, and the glare that obscures. -James Thurber, writer and cartoonist (1894-1961)

The artist brings something into the world that didn't exist before, and he does it without destroying something else. -John Updike, writer (1932-2009)

Some people become so expert at reading between the lines they don't read the lines. -Margaret Millar, novelist (1915-1994)

There may be times when we are powerless to prevent injustice, but there must never be a time when we fail to protest. -Elie Wiesel, writer, Nobel laureate (b. 1928)

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The colours were amazing... we stopped for a second swim

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Hoping for some pictures that were taken with an underwater camera during this swim. Wish I had realised they were selling instant underwater cameras! The swim was amazing there was a tall coral stack very near the boat which I slowly swam round - there were so many different fish including angel fish, parrot fish and zebra fish, pipe fish and many others. The coral was beautiful. A little further from the boat I swam along a coral valley. Stunning.
15th Mar 2012, 20:20   | tags:comments (2)

Trip to Paradise (Giftun Island)

Leaving Hurghada and heading towards Giftun. We stopped near the last post for our first 45 minutes snorkelling. Had only ever worn a mask before took me 5 mins to get used to the snorkel. I abadoned the fins whilst I mastered the breathing. A small coral reef and a variety of fish but not in great numbers.

Bahaa (pic 3) was our tour guide on this trip. I asked him how he learnt english as he spoke it so well (not american english) He told me he learnt it at school! He went to university in Cairo to study Egyptology and train as a tour guide, it costs about £360 a year in tuition fees. Before he started, he had to choose which language he was going to do it in. All his lectures and tutorials and written work was done in english. All guides/reps working for Red Sea Holidays and probably all companies are Egyptian. Bahaa did all the tours not just the sea trip and all other rep duties. The hotels employ Egyptians bar a few exceptions - such as Thai masseurs, (though some of them were egyptian) and other than entertainers and entertainment staff, they were the only women. Tourism is their main economy. I asked if firms like Red Sea Hol's provided money to the universities and he said "Oh yes" Red Sea Hol's is owned by one egyptian family - that is the chain of I think 5 hotels the travel group and ETI a german travel group, their main source of income. I wish them well. They are doing a brilliant job and everyone of them with out exception was open, friendly, helpful and knowledgeable.
14th Mar 2012, 21:21   comments (4)

Monday was a lazy day

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watching others have their thrills ...

I had several just blue sky shots as I couldn't see anything on my screen!
14th Mar 2012, 20:56   comments (4)

Monday was a lazy day

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on the pier and a late swim in the pool.
14th Mar 2012, 20:42   comments (2)

Lots of manpower:) and love the pattern in this picture.

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This man's job was to clean the lamp - post and all and he had a friend to help move the ladder which had a loose rung which they would put back in and kick. At one time there was another man making sure they were doing it properly!
14th Mar 2012, 20:39   comments (0)

Toba

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Another lovely red sea holiday tour guide. He was resposible for the organisation of the trip and supplied us all with macdonald cheeseburgers when we stopped to join the convoy to go back across the desert. All brits eat cheeseburgers of course. Not us usually but it was 4 hours since lunch and still 3 hours to returning to a meal at the hotel (they kept the dining room open for us) so we gratefully ate our burgers.
14th Mar 2012, 18:13   comments (0)

Luxor 5.30ish

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Wish I could have captured more, but there weren't so many speed bumps!

We eventually got back after 10pm!

A long but memorable day. It is possible to stay over in Luxor and make it a 2 day trip - I can see the attraction :)

14th Mar 2012, 17:18   comments (0)

Colossi of Memnon

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