Thursday, April 26, 2007
Monday, April 16, 2007
We went to Echmiazin yesterday and saw a service which was cool. It was quite long since they were ordaining new priests.
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
Wednesday, April 4, 2007
On a lighter note, since we ran out of chocolate to bet and can't play poker or black jack anymore, we are stuck playing 11 and speed. We are getting bored and would greatly appreciate any card game suggestions you have. Please explain the rules because apparently, our minds are on vacation too and we can't remember any of the rules for any of the games we know.
Ma Salama (bye in Arabic)
Monday, April 2, 2007
We have been loving the Sinai peninsula! We got five dives in. Three of the dives were in Ras Mohammad including Sharks Reef and Yolanda Reef. Don't worry. Unfortunately there were no sharks. Kar got her Advanced Open Water certification. Yipee!!!! This prepared her to dive the Blue Hole and the Canyon in Dahab which were phenomenal. We took underwater pictures but only on film so it'll be a while before we can share those. The Blue Hole was by far the best dive we've done yet. The visibility and wildlife weren't as great as some other locations but the scenery and the technical aspects of the dive were amazing.
We took a camel ride into the mountains and had a Bedouin dinner. There are 5 tribes of Bedouins on the peninsula and some still live the nomadic life. We had a nice chat with our guide about their life and how tourism has changed things. The camels were cool!!!! Kar's kept whining. It must be all the yummy food we've been having.
Speaking of food, Kar's friend Daphne asked us to mention it. We've been eating in style!!!! There are tons of vegetarian options but don't worry, Haig's had plenty of yummy seafood for dirt cheap. Our breakfasts have mostly consisted of fool, felafel, and fresh juice. We've also tried koshari which is just rice, pasta, fried onion, tomato sauce, lentil, and garbanzo beans all mixed together. Yummy!!!!
We went to St. Katherine's Monastery at the foot of Mt Sinai. Only the chapel and the descendant of Moses' burning bush were open for viewing. Haig went inside the museum where they had several relics some of which are on loan to the Getty Museum in Los Angeles and are on exhibit until May 4th. Then we climbed the rugged mountain (2,285 meters) where Moses received the 10 Commandments and watched the sunset over the dessert. Then we hiked back under a full moon. It was nice to work out for a change. Our muscles loved it!
Finally, Haig had to do surgery on Kar's little toe last night since somehow she got Tanzanian dirt and pebbles stuck in it and it got infected. We had ignored it long enough hoping her body would do it's magic, but it didn't. All is good though thanks to Dr. Haig.
In a few days, we fly out to Armenia which we're very excited about but we'll miss being lazy on the beaches of Dahab. Kar won't miss the saltwater showers though!
Miss you all as always :)
-Kar and Haig
Sign on the beach
Magic Lagoon of fertility in Dahab (Don't worry, we didn't walk around it 7 times to get it to work)