Day 280a

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Day 280… Dahab
Today i get the only early-ish morning as I am heading out solo to do some much needed and waaay overdue s uba diving. I haven’t taken the plunge vertically into the deep blue depths below for the better part of 2 decades. I truly miss it… hanging suspended in the ocean with fish swimming above you in the sun dappled shallows as well as around and beneath you in the fathomless deep is simply something more than sublime… its a humbling experience that shows you how tiny we really are on this big, glorious blue marble spinning through space we call home. After a quick re-introduction (& there have been a few small changes in the last 20 years) we dive… and it’s amazing. Simply breath taking coral and beautifully coloured fish… even saw a lazy sea snake.
After that its back tomthe hotel and ojt to do a few hours of snorkelling at the Blue Hole in Dahab… its just like the one in Belize i missed out on, just not as boat worthy. Lots of coral and fish as well as crazy free divers plunging down ridiculous depths on single breaths. After we are done we lounge in the sun at a cafe then return. And then triple back is hilariously silly as our driver of our dusty, open aired jeep was a gun at the wheel and knew how to handle the vehicle… slides and drifting through the desert sands… gunning it through the streets… having to slow down since the other car was way behind and jumping from the moving (slowly) jeep to run behind it… to ‘saudi-sandal’ behind the car… ride the bonnet and run back inside. Brilliant. Reminded me of good times behind the wheel with my god mate Tristan.
Then back at he hotel again i treat myself to the massage of doom. Full 2 hour effort that included a 1 hour Egyptian massage (kind of a little Thai limb bending… a little Shiatsu pressure point and some Swedish oil massage over 99% of my body) followed by a full Turkish bath (doused with water in a steam bath… then 99.1% of my body is hand scrubbed with what feels like a kitchen scourer… a surprise indeed but the results are skin so clean water beads off it like water off are ducks back)… then are spa… then finally a sauna. Very nice. After that its dinner and an incredible thick shake, then bed.

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