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Sinai

sunny 21 °C

Day 16

Bloody hell. The first score I hear is Australia 3 for 204 then the first ball I see is Clarke being bowled and the next is Hussey getting a shocker! I have a theory....if your game plan revolves around intimidating umpires into making incorrect decisions, why would you want a decision referral system to correct poor decisions? Just a theory that I'll put out there. There is just one team in world cricket that refuses to use the system.

Anyway, bags packed and off to breakfast for a 09:00 departure to Saint Catherine's. Expected to take 7 - 8 hours in the car. Jessica missed breakfast as she has come down with what looks like Cairo Tummy. May be a long drive.....

We head to the Suez Canal, but you don't really see the canal itself as you drive under it. It took 10 years to build and 30,000 Egyptian lives. 100,000 Egyptian slaves worked on it. They took farmers from their land to work on the canal and treated them quite poorly, hence the death rate. It is up to 6km wide and goes for 191 Kms.

We then head back south through Sinai, stopping at a place where Moses is believed to have parted the Red Sea....even though it isn't the Red Sea at this point. He then stayed 40 nights at this spot with the Israelis, where there are Palm trees and wells. Apparently the wells had "butter water" which is not suitable for drinking so Moses put Palm leaves over the wells and the water became drinkable.

Driving further south we had lunch in an Egyptian style diner.....options on the menu included, all sorts of things. Kebabs (beef), kebabs (chicken), kebabs (lamb), and kebabs mixed. We decided to have kebabs.....except Jessica, who had the other option.

The terrain really started to change around this point and became quite hilly. The hills/mountains did not have a single tree on them and were solid rock. They were awesome in the way they went straight up with no visible way of getting to the top of them without ropes.

The temperature was also dropping in line with the elevation, and by the time we had reached Morgenland at St Catherine's where we are staying, it was freezing. At Morgenland there is a massive pool that must hold some type of record of number of people to swim in it per megalitre of water. The calculation would be something like 0.00000000000000001. Apparently it was 1996 when the last person swam in it, and he was fully clothed and stumbled on his way back from the bar. The previous person may well have been Moses himself! As I have just found out, the only thing that is warm here is the bloody beer.....not happy. They don't even bother turning on their fridges here. If only they would keep their beer in the pool.

Beautiful. Looks like the generators have packed it in. Just when the bedroom was getting into double digits (temperature wise) everything is out. We are sitting in our bedrooms wearing head torches, wondering whether 8:30 is too early to go to bed. Answer is nup, as we'll be up in 5.5 hours.

We will be woken up tonight (more correctly tomorrow morning) at 01:00, to be in the bus at 1:30 and on our way to Mt Sinai for a 5 hour trek that ends in 750 steps. 6 km up and 6 km down. It is supposed to be around -7 degrees Celsius at the top of the mountain, which is 2,300m. Camels are an option but I don't think any of us could sit on a camel for that long. Anyway, at the top is where Moses received the 10 commandments and we should be there for sunrise. I am hoping that Moses may have missed a commandment, something along the lines of, "Thou must drink copious amounts of beer and go fishing".

Posted by mljjs 01:14 Archived in Egypt

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