If you’re into SCUBA diving one of the best destinations in the world is Dahab, Egypt. Dahab is a small desert town located on the east side of the southern Sinai Peninsula. Accommodation is pretty cheap, the food is cheap, and the drinks are pretty reasonable. The diving costs about 30 euro per dive, but it’s worth every penny. Seriously some of the best diving I’ve ever done. The whole area is covered with beautiful coral reefs full of tropical fish, and it’s all just off the beach. Even the snorkeling is amazing. Just like swimming in an aquarium.
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After being in South Africa for a few weeks we decided to fly up to Cairo for four or five days of ancient Egyptian sightseeing. We figured we would walk around the city, take a bus out to the pyramids, and check out some museums. No big deal, right? It turns out that Cairo is the most frustrating city in the world for an independent traveler.
Based on that post title alone I’m going to get a lot of traffic to my site from sicko-perverts looking for German snuff films. That’s right, I see you, you sicko-pervert! Anyway, since smoking was banned in the beer tents at Oktoberfest this year, a lot of people were using snuff. It was even sold at the festival, and in several flavors. I’m not sure if “flavor” is the right word to describe something that goes up your nose.
Since we were in Africa we figured we should go on safari, right? Turns out that South Africa alone has about a billion options for safari from private game parks to a bunch of national parks. To figure out what to do we went to one of the tour booking agencies on Long St., in Cape Town. They had lots of tour options ranging from thousands of dollars down to hundreds. We ended up on an Intrepid Kruger Adventure Tour. Four days in Kruger National Park with 2 nights of camping and one night in a lodge. The camping was deluxe: cots with mattresses, only two per tent, and there was a cook at each campsite cooking tasty African food.
So we survived the first weekend of Oktoberfest. It was great. Even if you don’t love beer, like I do, you should still go. The opening day we went to the grounds at about 8:00am to try to get a seat in the Augustiner tent, but it was full by the time we got in. We ended up in the outdoor beer garden of another tent, but it was still a great time. Our waitress could carry 10–>
I’m typing this from the Munich train station at 6:30 am local time, and I’m super fucking excited. The only logical explanation: Oktoberfest! Oktoberfest is the world’s largest fair, with about 6 million people coming each year. This year is the 200th anniversary, so it gets a little extra booya.
Being from California, I’m not afraid to admit that I’m a little snobbish with the wine, and not easily impressed by vineyards/wine country/ect. But, the South African wine country is fucking incredible. We rented a car for about $40 a day in Cape Town and took the 2 hour drive out to Franschhoek (by the way: since South Africa is one of the colonies they drive on the opposite side of the road to the US, so the wheel is on the right side of the car, so the stick shift is now in your left hand. It was a very exciting drive.)
Traveling to a new city everyday really starts to wear you down. After a little while you won’t care about going to the museum, seeing a castle, or hiking through a completely unique bit of the globe. If you’re at this point I have one suggestion: do what your father did and get a job, sir (extra points if you get the reference).
I previously posted on how to drink like a South African, but there is more to South Africa than just great drinks and beer (crazy, I know). South Africa is an amazing place, and Cape Town is probably the first city we’ve been to that I really thought I could move to. The people are incredible, and there are so many cultures and languages coming together. The place has a lot going for it, but a lot of problems, also.