Luxor Day 2 – October 21, 2004 Transfer to Hurghada
We got up early after tossing and turning all night and looking at my watch every hour. My stomach was not well because of dinner last night. We finished packing and then had breakfast with the group at the hotel. Then we waited for our stuff to be put on the van that would bring us to the Red Sea. We all pilled in the van and drove to a waiting area with another 40 + vans and buses. The waiting area was a very narrow street with high walls on either side. We were allowed to get out of the van and wait outside since the A/C was turned off in the van. I pulled out my crocheting and worked on my project for about half an hour. My crocheting generated lots of interest with the bus drivers. Our driver came over to me to tell me that his daughter was learning how to crochet in school and that she practiced every night. She is 16.
Finally at 8 am we were on our way. The ride to Hurghada was quiet with everyone sleeping in the van. The geography was surprisingly rocky and in some areas mountainous. I crocheted while David read a British tabloid and then the novel that our friend Kathleen gave us as a going away present.
We traveled from Luxor to Hurghada through a small town and then the caravan split in two. On half of the caravan went North to Cairo and the other half went East to Hurghada. About half way we stopped for a 15 minute break at the only rest station we saw along the way. In the middle of no where there were 4 very large restaurants with huge washroom facilities. I was surprised that in 15 minutes everyone was able to use the washrooms, grab a snack and sit down for 5 minutes.
We arrived in Hurghada around lunch time. Our hotel is called the Three Corner Empire Hotel. We are very happy with our large room. The room has 2 single beds, a queen size bed, sitting area, large closet area and a bathroom. After a nap, we had lunch and then we investigated the beach, which was a block away from the hotel. Unfortunately, the beach is very narrow (with a long dike on either side) and there are very small bits of oil floating on the water. :-( So instead of swimming in the Red Sea – like we had hoped to – we went back to the hotel and swam in the pool and relaxed.
Soon it was time for dinner. We joined the group to go to a miserable Seafood restaurant. The food arrived cold and tasteless. To add insult to injury, when it came time to pay, the waiter tried to charge David for a platter he didn’t order. When I heard this, I jumped up and looked the waiter straight in the eye and said “He only ordered one seafood platter.” The guy was totally surprised by me jumping up – so he lowered our total price.
We came back to the hotel and read before falling asleep. Tomorrow, we spend the day snorkeling and relaxing on the Red Sea.:-)