Egypt was my last pilgrimage destination after Jordan and Israel. We arrived at Taba border crossing around noon. It's the international border crossing between Eilat, Israel and Taba, Egypt. The immigration process went smooth and easy. On our way to Saint Catherine, the bus drive along the Red Sea. And of course the sea is not red. It is thus named because of the seasonal blooms of a water plant called Trichodesmium erythraeum which produce red colour blossoms at a certain season every year.
Red Sea is very beautiful, unfortunately we didn't have time to stop by because we needed to reach Saint Catherine and start to climb mount Sinai before sunset.
|turned out the Red Sea is not really red :p|
We reach the camel station to choose our ride. You can actually opt to climb the 3750 Steps of Penitence. But we preferred to do the 3 hours camel ride through the Camel Path and save our energy for the final 750 steps to the summit.
|Camel station. Look ! the camel is grinning|
|and the journey begin|
I really enjoyed the scenery along the camel path which was stunning and scary in the same time. I couldn't imagine if my camel took one wrong step, we could ended up rolling down together into the canyon.
We arrived in a resting hut which also the final stop for our camel ride. We rest a bit while waiting all of our group member to gather. Here you can buy water, chocolate and even Indomie, the famous Indonesian instant noodle. Nice! Feels like home now :p
The weather was quite chill and windy up there so I put my sweater on. We had to walk about 1 Km through a narrow path which lead to the base of the 750 steps. Which I meant steps were those uneven slippery dusty rocks. You really need to be careful while climbing because some of the rocks are steep and not solid. You could tumble easily to the canyon. I made some stops every couple minutes to catch my breath. Halfway to the top I started to doubt that I'd be able to reach the top because I was feeling dizzy and my legs were trembling uncontrollably. So I chose to sit down on one of the rocks and eating my chocolate for the energy boost. I know that's not the healthiest option but it worked for me. I felt better instantly and started climbing again and finally made it to the top of mount Sinai ! Just on time to witness the sun setting behind the rocky mountains. The view was breathtakingly beautiful. It was such an achievement for me because I could overcome my phobia of height!
|Indomie (Indonesian instant noodle) at mount Sinai!|
|let's start climbing the rocks!|
|catching breath, halfway to the top|
|I made it to the top of mount Sinai...woohoo!|
My guide help me to walk down the mountain because this time we didn't ride a camel to the base. We had to walk all the way to the parking area. I think it took us more than 4 hours walking before we reach our van.
By the time we arrived at our hotel, we already famished and exhausted. I had dinner around 11 PM, did a quick shower and crawled to my bed.
Woke up in the morning to found out that my left thigh has became a giant size eggplant overnight. The bruise was so nasty and I could hardly walk. Luckily we didn't have any activity that day because we were heading to Cairo. So I could rest for the 8 hours journey on the bus.
|with Mom & Dad at Morgenland Hotel, Saint Catherine|
That day we visited the pyramids in Giza desert. It was my second time being there, I've been to Giza in 2009 during my Turkey & Egypt trip. Still it never failed to amaze me. There's something mysterious about those pyramids that makes me want to revisit over and over again.
|Le Meridien Pyramids Hotel, Cairo|
|some of our luggage|
|the Great Pyramid of Giza|
|pyramid, sphinx and Cleopatra...teehee :p|
|pyramids at Giza desert|
What do you think about the Pyramids in Egypt ?