Friday, 6 September 2013

The Last minute trip to Egypt

Hello everybody

the only windy day at home

It’s been a long time since I wrote something on this blog but Augustus has kind of been busy and hectic, a pretty good reason for that was a last minute trip to Egypt. The wind at home didn’t show up since I got back from Lanzarote besides one day and the forecast for Egypt simply looked amazing. After checking the tickets I was on the airplane one day later and caught literally the last flight to Egypt after the conflict in Cairo which if you belive the media was spread all over the country and made Egypt unsafe.

When I landed in Egypt there wasn’t to much difference with other times, no burning cars, no tanks driving true the streets only less people and no taxis driving to Dahab after 7 p.m. as this wasn’t allowed by the government. This made me stay one night in Sharm for the first time ever as normally I go straight to dahab, which is a one-hour drive. Although I was there on one of the worst nights of the “revolution” there was nothing to notice in Sharm and pretty much whole the Sinai (which is the touristic and windy part of Egypt). After I arrived the next morning in Dahab with just a few more police officers at the checkpoints, Dahab was still the same as it always had been, windy, sunny and warm!

Like always I was staying at club Vass who where exceptionally calm because of the revolution and all the bad news in the media, just like all other windsurfing clubs actually which gave more place on the water which for me was pretty nice! Anyway just as the forecast promised the wind was there every day for the whole week, with 5 out of the 7 days even wind in the afternoon that allowed me to sail 4 hours every single day at least and was great training for the upcoming event in Brouwersdam which starts Sunday! Besides the great sailing where I came for of course I had great days and evenings with friends and the local boys from Dahab to relax after all the sailing with a BBQ on the beach during moonrise as my absolute favorite!

When I came back home after a week everybody told me how bad it looked on the news which made me just amazed with how good the media is with turning things there way and make it look like whole Egypt is in war while the conflict was still only in Cairo, the media made the biggest disaster in Egypt out my point of view by turning the facts and killing the tourism to Egypt which still is perfectly safe! With a lot of flights cancelled to Egypt it’s hard to still get to Dahab but if you can I only can say that is as safe as it always has been before! However for upcoming week I wouldn’t go to Egypt as you can much better come to the DAM7 and PWA worldcup at my homespot Brouwersdam! Next update will be from there! If you want to keep more up to date be sure to like and check my fan page on Facebook!

B.t.w.: one more question to think about concerning the Egyptian “revolution”, after all flights where cancelled how many things did you still read in the news about this ‘unsafe’ country?

Cheers Dieter

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