In an early start to the day, I headed to beach side Hurghada for some relaxation on the water. I’ll admit it felt very nice taking a break from all the history, tombs and scorching heat.
We rented a yacht named “El Shady” and decided to go snorkeling in the Red Sea. It felt incredibly refreshing to be out on the water and swimming in the sea. The water was pretty choppy, but as I’m an excellent swimmer, I had no troubles snorkeling in it.
I had never been snorkeling before so I was extremely excited! My Aussie friend Josh gave me his underwater camera to put my memory card in so I could take my own underwater photos. I saw an eel and a blow fish while swimming in a colourful tornado of tropical fish. I kept feeling fish flop against my skin as they were everywhere in the masses. I had a great time chasing a blow fish that would occasionally turn around and look at me as if to say “Eff off.”
There was a cook on board in the teeny tiny kitchen, and he made us a very tasty lunch of chicken and rice. The cook caught himself his very own conch shell for lunch. He left the shell out on the deck in the sun, and I saw it sticking its long slimy arms and legs out. It made me sad and I was very tempted to throw it back in the water when the cook wasn’t looking.
I’m so glad I recovered from my illness before my last day because I wouldn’t have been able to appreciate this last slice of Egypt on the water as much. Soon after dinner I had to make my way to the airport and start my journey home to Canada.
I wrote my final thoughts and experiences in my journal on the top deck as we cruised back to shore. The giant red sun was beginning to set. The air was so much cooler out on the water and the breeze felt so nice blowing through my hair and up my cover-up. My cheeks felt tight from the saltwater and my lips were chapped, but I don’t think I’ve ever felt that refreshed.