Yesterday I was talking to my mom on the phone and she was asking when my girlfriend and I will return from Dahab. It’s been only five days, but according to her Dahab has nothing much to see and do. “What are you doing there anyway?” she asked and I found it very hard to explain why this place is so special…So yeah, I will try to picture how it feels sitting in a bar by the beach in Dahab, and why it never gets boring to me!
I wake up to a magnificent view, walk out of my hotel which is well out of town, hitch a ride (paid one) to town and walk along the beach to my favorite bar there.
Music isn’t so loud; it’s just in the good volume playing some chill music. We sit in the sun to enjoy the warm weather, which isn’t THAT hot as it’s been windy for two days now; a perfect combination of sun and wind.
In front of us in the water a group of divers are taking instructions from their guide before venturing into the underwater world. I’m literally excited for them! I promise myself to come back one day and take diving classes! How shameful is it to be Egyptian, living relatively close to Dahab, divers’ Mecca, and never have I dived before!
Around the divers are some people snorkeling, taking a peek at what it is like to be underwater; the colorful fish and the corals! This I’ve seen before, and spectacular is an understatement for the views! A bit deeper are some kite boarders using the windy days.
Beside us are more people tanning. An old man is spraying himself with more sunscreen before sipping on his beer. On the other side is a young couple playing backgammon while smoking shisha; and behind me is a family that just ordered some fajita and filled the whole place with vinegarish smoke; I’m getting a bit hungry!
In the bar there is many more people. Young people chatting while petting a couple of cats, Dahab is full of street cats that come especially when you are eating and won’t leave you alone until you share your food with them! On another table is an old woman drinking a beer while writing in her notebook, she’s been doing that for over an hour now! Maybe she’s a famous writer that I’ve never heard of? On a different table is another old man drinking his third beer since I came while reading a book and taking some notes!
In the corner sits an old woman with a younger Egyptian man, just another woman enjoying the spring of her life, and another ambitious young man looking for a bit of money, or to get even luckier and get married and a new passport!. And yes, Dahab, just like Sharm, is kind of famous for – female – sex travelers.
Some divers just came out of the water to distract me from that view, they speak Korean so I don’t really understand what they are saying, but they sound so cheerful and full of laughter, probably sharing what they have seen under the blue waters!
I take a look at the horizon and I see the mountains in Saudi, red and black. In the evening I can see the lights of a Saudi village.
I still find it hard to explain why all of this is so interesting to me, but it is just the vibe of the place, the relaxed mood and chilled/hippie atmosphere of Dahab that put my mind so at peace that make me addicted to this tiny Egyptian city! I can’t wish you nothing but to experience this place and fall in love with it as much as I do!
Have you ever been to Dahab? Why do you like it (or not?) Share your reasons with us!
All photos in this post are taken by my girlfriend’s iPhone. I forgot my camera, as usual.