Archive for May, 2008

Piece of p***, this little bit of canal through the sand

Saturday, May 31st, 2008

Oh yeah, baby! BE delivered once again and we’re now half way up the Suez Canal. Once the engine has cooled down from the current 5000 degrees, I will give her a big kiss.

Now a few days with Chloe in Cairo and then the rest of the canal. Thing looks bright and during the night I already feel the fresh wind from the Med calling. Soon the hard part will be over and we finally can put our feet up and just chill for days, weeks or months (good to have dreams no matter how unrealistic, isn’t it ;-).

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Against the wind

Friday, May 30th, 2008

Relentless, rough, short, mercyless waves gave BE a pounding like never before. Very strong wind and reefs everywhere did the rest and made the tiny 180 miles from Hugahda to Suez a rough 9 day experience. We deliberatelly took it easy and often retreated to protected bays not to exhaust us and our boat too much. But what does it matter, the Red Sea is finally over and we are now standing in front of the last challange before the Med: The Suez Canal.

Authorities want us to do 5 knots, which we have never done under motor before. Big problem and maybe big fines. Built a cradle to attach the outboard to the boat and send a prayer for less wind and a fortunate current… and if all fails we still have the oars ;-)

Authorities do the usual obstructions and make us feel more like in a prison than on a hoiliday. Claims for fees and papers also never end. Chloe want with Andrew to Cairo and will rejoin Richard and me in Ismalia. It’s all happening…

Going overboard

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

This is strange… not being on the boat for a week. For the first time for over a year, I reluctantly leave BE on her own and venture inland to the famous mystic temples of Egypt under the experienced guidance of Chloe.

Distant memories of backpacking come back to me when we make our way in local busses and trains to Luxor and Azuan. We quickly get into it and there are two experiences which stick out.

Firstly, there is the Felucca ride. 2 days and nights we spent on a traditional sailing boat cruising down the Nile without any engine, GPS, radio or electricity (… and it surprisingly reached its destination with ease ;-). I haven’t been that relaxed for ages!

Secondly, there is the temple of Kanak. This temple is amazing in itself but the circumstances made this experience outstanding. Normally, you always look at temples with trillions of other tourists, which kind of ruins the experience. But this one day we went during the night for a light show, which was already great itself but more importantly did we manage to get away from the firmly guided tour and suddenly found ourselves totally on our own in the most impressive array of gigantic pillars existing on this planet!

And I tell you one thing: there was something! I felt a humbling energy that I normally only find on the ocean. It was an unknown foreign energy, which I found hard to deciver but it left me speachless nevertheless. I couldn’t fully connect to it like to an ocean but it will remain one of the most impressive experiences in my life… no shit!

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