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Egypt to Jordan (Dahab to Petra)

Friday, July 8th, 2011

A lot of people continue east after Egypt/Dahab and most of them go to Petra. There are one-day-tours from Dahab for example for the people who want to do it the easy way. These cost a bit more then 200 euro and will let you stay in Petra a total of 3 (!) hours. Instead of this I recommend you to stay in Petra for a few days, and here is how to do it:


Egypt to Jordan

To travel to Jordan from Egypt is most easy done with the ferry from Nuweiba in Egypt to Aqaba in Jordan. There are two ferries with departures every day:

Fast ferry (1 hour), price 70 USD.
Slow ferry (3 hours), price 60 USD.

In Nuweiba you can only pay your ferry tickets in USD while in Aqaba you can use both USD and JOD. If you plan to go back the same way you will save money buying a return ticket at the same time.

On top of the ferry price you have to pay around 5 euro in departure tax. As with all transportation in Egypt, count with delays.

To go to Nuweiba, take the bus from Dahab which costs 1½ euro. From Cairo, the cost of the bus to Nuweiba should be around 10 euro.


Entry visa for Jordan

A normal entry visa for Jordan cost 30 USD but if you enter through Aqaba (with the ferry like described above) you get a free visa to Jordan. Get the visa on board the ferry. In other case you only have 48 hours to register with the Aqaba Special Economic Zone Authority visa office after arriving, to get the free visa.


Aqaba to Petra

After arrival to Aqaba the best thing is to stay there overnight (around 9 euro for a hostel) and wait for the bus, which costs 8 euro. If you decide to go to Petra directly by taxi instead, this will set you back around 30 euro.


Petra entrance fee

To get into Petra you need to buy an entrance ticket. The price of the ticket is 50 euro for one day, 55 euro for two days and 60 euro for three days.


Hostels in Petra

For a roof over your head in Petra, count with around 6-7 euro per night. It can be a good idea to book a hostel in advance to guarantee a place when you arrive.


Total price for Petra trip from Egypt

An estimated total price one way travel from Dahab to Petra including a 3 day ticket and hostel for three nights: 145 euro

Windsurfing in Dahab

Sunday, June 26th, 2011

Windsurfing is getting bigger and bigger here in Dahab, with some specific coast spots designated for this sport. If you travel to Dahab and want to learn how to windsurf by taking a course, or if you are a professional and want to rent equipment at a center where you can meet other windsurfers, the starting point for you should be the Lagoona. Along this beach, which is the only real sand beach in Dahab, you will find ten or so wind surfing centers together with kite surfing and other water activities like wakesurfing, wakeboarding, water skiing and more.

The price to rent wind surfing equipment are from 15 euro per hour to 105 euro for a whole week. For a one week course (10 hours total), be prepared to pay around 150 euro. Be aware that the weather conditions change a lot from day to day, so don’t book a course if you only have 5 days here, as 2 of them might be to windy for you to practice.

To find the beach, walk 30 minutes out from Mashraba along the coast out from Dahab, or take a pickup taxi for 50 cent and ask for the “Lagoona”.

If you are looking for scuba diving or snorkeling, then this is NOT the place for you. Instead go to the “Lighthouse” inside the center of Dahab.

I was lucky enough a while ago to get stuck on the beach with some friends at night time after wind surfing, and without we knowing about it in advance we witnessed a full moon eclipse from there. A night like taken from a fairy tale!

Windsurfing Dahab

Kitesurfing Dahab

Lagoona/Lagoon Dahab

Egyptian visas

Tuesday, May 24th, 2011

Two days ago I went to El-Tor to extend my Egyptian visa. This was even easier and cheaper then I thought. To start with, if you are in Sinai, take the bus from Sharm El-Sheikh to El Tor, which will take about one hour and cost around 1 euro. Then, take a taxi for less then one euro or walk 15 minutes to arrive at the place for all passport enquiries. Not so many people in this town speak English, so if you need to ask for directions you can show the note with text that I will put further down on this page (later).

At the passport office, fill in the English form which you can also find below, and leave together with a copy of your passport (the page with your photo + the page with your current visa). These copies you have to make before you arrive here, for example at the post office 500 meters away (costs 10 cent). The whole procedure at the government should take about 30 minutes and cost you 1 euro for a 1 or 3 month longer stay in Egypt. If you want to stay longer, it will cost less then 10 euro for up to a one year period.

The office is open 8 am to 3 pm every day except Fridays. When in El-Tor, take a random walking tour in this nice town. People here are incredibly friendly and the town reminds me visually more of India then Egypt.

Be aware that there are rumours in Egypt that after the new government, about a year from now, it will be more difficult to get a prolonged Egyptian visa. Also, it is possible you only will be allowed to stay for 1-3 months total within a one year period, depending on where you are from.

Things to take with you:  Passport and money (maximum 5 euro in EGP currency needed)

Egyptian visa application

Bus station Sharm El-Sheikh

Egyptian tea

Bus Sharm El-Sheikh to El-Tor

Egyptian street

Egyptian chair

Egyptian goats

Egyptian graffiti

Egyptian soda

Egyptian fruit

Egyptian clothing

Egyptian furniture

Egyptian market

Dasani

 

Egyptian women

Posters El-Tor Egypt

Aquafina

Sharm El Sheikh to Dahab

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

Sharm el Sheikh to Dahab

When travelling in some Arabic cities (and other places also of course) you need to be well informed or to be awake all the time, not to get tricked. This is sadly also the case in Sharm El Sheikh when you want to go to Dahab. It starts when you arrive at the airport (if you fly there) and the taxi drivers try to rip you off with high tourist prices. Also for me they tried to tell me that there is no bus to Dahab before 7 o’clock in the next morning and want to drive you all the way to Dahab instead (which will cost you about 150 EGP = 18 euro if you are good at bargaining). Later, when you arrive to the bus station in Sharm El Sheikh there are also what looks like official guards outside the station, because of how they are dressed. These people will ask you if you are on your way to Dahab, and then again tell you that there is no more bus for today and try to take you to their taxi friends instead. Most of the economics here (and way of thinking) is based on bringing people and favors to each other, which I will tell more about in a later post.

Here are some prices and information to help you on your way from Sharm El Sheikh to Dahab:

  • Taxi from airport to Sharm El Sheikh bus station:  45 EGP = 4,5 euro (for the whole taxi)
  • Bus from Sharm El Sheikh to Dahab:  15-20 EGP = 2 euro (per person)
  • Minitaxi (back of a pickup truck) from Dahab bus station to central Dahab:  5 EGP = 70 cent (per destination)

Travel time:  taxi about 20 minutes, bus 1 hour, minitaxi 5-10 minutes

Bus schedule / timetable for Sharm El Sheikh to Dahab:
6:00, 7:00, 8:00, 9:00, 14:30, 17:00, 20:30

The bus can be delayed about one hour and you can only buy the ticket from the ticket office at the bus station when the bus have arrived. Be aware of pick pockets, specially when in “cue” to buy the ticket!

The pickup truck minitaxi you can also use when staying in Dahab. To do this, you can stop almost any pickup truck you see on the street and ask them to drive you to your destination. ONLY pay 5 EGP (or more if you want to give a tip) regardless of destination and wait with the payment until you arrive at your goal.

Scuba diving in Gran Canaria

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

Last weekend I finally got to scuba dive here in Las Palmas, just a week before I am going to leave Spain (booked a flight  some days ago). The dive I did was a wreck dive on 30 meters deep with a visibility of about 5-10 meters, which is not so good as the normal conditions here. Anyway, this was my first wreck dive so I was very satisfied with the dive, but also happy to come back to the surface because of a water temperature of only about 18 degrees Celsius.

The dive site I went to is called Frigorífico (“The Fridge”) and is a new dive site in Las Palmas, just 10 minutes out from the harbor with a boat (towards La Isleta). The name comes from that the people who dived it in the beginning thought it was a fridge boat, but later realized it’s a fishing boat from Soviet. The sea life around the ship was not anything to talk about but the ship itself is very interesting and with several possible places to dive into the ship. Also the superstructure is beautiful and well preserved.

Some of the most visited dive sites available here are:
Baja Fernando, Caleta Baja, El Cabrón, La Catedral, Pecio Angela Pando, Pecio Arona, Pecio Kalais, Playa Chica, Playa Grande and Sardina del Norte

With La Catedral being supposed to be the best one, where you scuba dive in a beautiful volcanic environment.

Price for scuba diving here on Gran Canaria is about 30 euro for one dive + 15 euro to rent full equipment (only at a few diving centers the locals get a cheaper price). On top of this the diving centers here insist that you have a scuba diving insurance, which will set you back another 12 euro for a one day insurance if you don’t have it already. You can also pay a bit more to get insurance covering a whole year.

Price examples from Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Here is my normal post about living costs, this time about Las Palmas de Gran Canaria. The supermarket used this time was HiperDino but there are other cheap alternatives in Gran Canaria like Carrefour & Spar.

STORE / SUPERMARKET (HiperDino)
1,5 liter water bottle 40 cent
1,5 liter juice 86 cent
1 liter milk 1,12 euro
1 liter local beer 76 cent
1 liter of wine 80 cent
1 liter rice 75 cent
0,5 kg pasta 62 cent
6 eggs 1,10 euro
Can of sardines or tunas 60-80 cent
1 fresh big bread 40-50 cent
1 kg bananas (platanos) 1,80 euro
1 kg tomatoes 1,15 euro
1 kg apples 1,65 euro
1 kg orange 1,15 euro
5 kg potatoes 4,50 euro
washing powder 2-3 euro
CAFE / PUB / RESTAURANT
Espresso (café solo) 0,80 – 1,80 euro
Draft beer (33 cl) 0,80 – 1,30 euro in the cheap places
Lunch/dinner 6,50 for a 3 dinner course including drink, 4 euro for a kebab, 2,50 euro for a hamburger
Orange juice 2 euro
TRANSPORT IN/AROUND LAS PALMAS DE GRAN CANARIA
Local bus 1,20 euro per trip or 6,50 euro for 10 trips. Card can not be used when changing bus.
Bus within the island 1 – 10 euro, buses leaving every hour to once every day, and sometimes no direct bus
Bus airport to Las Palmas 2,85 euro
THE REST
Furnished apartment 500 euro/month + electricity & water (Las Canteras, beach/surf area)
Room in shared apartment 200-300 euro/month including electricity & water & internet(Las Canteras, beach/surf area)
Mobile internet 25-40 euro/month, depending on how long contract you want
WIFI Open WIFI networks can be found on the street on some places, like on Las Canteras (beach area). In cafés and restaurants it is common with free WIFI. There are also a number of internet cafés with computers that you can rent.

Gran Canaria to Tenerife

Thursday, March 24th, 2011

I am just back in Gran Canaria after spending a weekend in Tenerife. I had a great time and really enjoyed Tenerife which is more green than Gran Canaria, both in the main city Santa Cruz de Tenerife and in the nature.

One of the interesting things that happened to me was when trekking with a friend in the north west part of the island. The plan was to only trek for one day, but the first afternoon we met a couple we started to talk to on one of the trails. The man told us he is a doctor and that he comes from a small village where he was visiting a patient of him, a kind of hippie. He also tells us that we probably can stay the night with Juan, as the man in the village is called. We continue our walk and ends up in the small village, which a man at the pub later that night tells us only have 10 inhabitants.

After some searching in the village we find Juan and his friends who are visiting him for the weekend. We end up staying at his place and head out the next morning for a walk to a bigger village where the car road starts, managing to hitch hike back to Santa Cruz de Tenerife with only some hour to spare before our ferry back to Las Palmas de Gran Canaria departs.

The most strange thing about this is the story a friend of mine told me when returning to Santa Cruz de Tenerife after the trek. She told me that her parents actually met on the beach in this small village of only 10 people which I had just returned back from. On top of this my friend and her parents lived before in a hippie community in exactly the house where I had spent the night, and her brother was also born there in that house.


There are two ferries from Gran Canaria to Tenerife and the most cheap of them are Armas which takes a little bit more time (2½ hours). For a timetable and prices, visit this web site:

http://www.navieraarmas.com/index.php?id_pagina=1&idioma=en

Standard price for the Armas ferry is about 50 euro for a return ticket, or half the price if you have the Canary Islands residency (NIE), which is very easy to get and costs only 20 euro. The NIE you can use for the rest of your life, or as long as you stay on the Canary Islands.


Finally, here are some pictures from Tenerife:

Tenerife travel with ferry

Tenerife weather by night

Tenerife meat market

Tenerife fish market

Tenerife market with fish

Man reading while sitting on ground bradying- Tenerife

Barefeet guy in tenerife

Tenerife nature

Tenerife waterfall and lagoon

Tenerife rock

Tenerife bar

Tenerife flowers and trees

Teide volcano, Tenerife

Tenerife coastline

Tenerife village

Villa in Tenerife

Tenerife balcony

Tenerife bird

Tenerife beach

Unknown island (peninsula) Tenerife

El Faro sign, Tenerife

Las Palmas de Anaga, Tenerife

Tenerife coast

Tenerife climate

Picture of cloud in Tenerife

Near Taganana, Tenerife

Las Palmas de Gran Canaria by night with ferry

How to get NIE on Gran Canaria, Spain

Saturday, March 5th, 2011

It can be a good idea to get a residency (NIE) if you are planing to stay on the Canary Islands for some months. This will only take you one morning to fix and costs 20 euro. With the NIE paper you have cheaper prices on most things here, like half price on flights and cruises.

Here is how you do it:

* Go to the Gobierno Civil on Plaza de la Feria at 8 o’clock in the morning (Monday to Friday). The entrance is at the side of the building that face away from the park. Don’t forget to bring 20 euro, your passport and a pen. If you want to save 5 minutes, also bring a copy of your passport.

Map of Las Palmas, Gran Canaria (Spain)

* There will start to be a queue at this time and if you are somewhat in the beginning of it at 9 o’clock when the place opens you can count on about 30 minutes for the whole procedure. If you instead go there at opening hour there will be around 100 people in front of you with different errands and about 10-15 minutes waiting time for each person of them that wants to get a NIE.

* When the door opens you tell the guy at the desk that you want to get a NIE. He then gives you an application form where you have to fill in your current living address in Las Palmas together with your contact information and your parents names. He also gives you a ticket number which, if you were first in line, will be E001.

* Now enter through the metal detector and go to the main waiting room to wait for your number, while filling in the application form. If you are lucky you will not have time enough to do this before your number is displayed.

* Now enter the room to the left inside the main building. Here find the person (of 3 desks) that is your man/lady. Present your passport and application form and ask for help to fill it out if needed. After this the person will give you another form to pay the NIE.

* Go to one of the banks that is within 50 meters from the Gobierno Civil and pay the 20 euro (in cash) while presenting the filled in payment form. You will then get the form back with a computer stamp at the bottom, to prove that it’s payed.

* After this go to one of the copy places also within the same area and make a copy of your passport (the first page with your picture on it). This will cost about 5 cents.

* Now you are ready to go back to the Gobierno Civil and the man/lady that helped you before. You will not need to take another waiting number, just go there and wait for him/her to be ready with the person(s) he/she is helping at the moment. Present the photo copy of your passport together with the computer stamped payment form and 5 minutes later you will be walking out with your new NIE recidency in your hand!

Lisbon’s ferries (Portugal)

Friday, January 21st, 2011

Lisbon have a great transportation system if you don’t count the not so user friendly ticket system. Besides the local bus, tram and trains here there are also ferries that are mostly used by the local people. Instead of taking a guided bus tour or even the “tourist cruise” that also exist here, I recommend you to try one of the normal ferries listed below. All of the boats go from the morning until about 2 o’clock in the night, and usually every 30 minutes even on weekends. The duration of the boat trips varies between 15 and 30 minutes and even though the ride on the river is very calm some minor waves exist that you should be prepared of if you easily get seasick.

Belém to Trafaria

Trafaria is on the other side of the river and from here you can walk about 30 minutes to come to Cova do Vapor which has a magnificent view of the North Atlantic Ocean. This place is also a good spot for wave surfing. Be aware that this is the SECOND stop with the boat, not the first.
Price: 90 cent + 50 cent for the rechargable card (Carris)

Praça do Comércio to Barreiro

This ferry will take you to the opposite side of the river from Lisbon, with the boat ride being almost more interesting than the destination. Barreiro is a fast expanding suburb with not so much to see besides taking a walk along the river.
Price: 1,85 cent + 50 cent for the rechargable card (Soflusa)

Cais do Sodre to Cacilhas

This is a good option if you want to go to the Cristo Rey statue.
Price: ~80 cent + 50 cent for the rechargable card

Price examples from Lisbon, Portugal

Sunday, January 16th, 2011

After about a month here in Portugal I have now collected these price examples for “normal” living costs:

STORE / SUPERMARKET (Pingo Doce)
1,5 liter water bottle 12 cent
1 liter juice 1 euro
1 liter milk 80 cent
1 liter local beer 75 cent
75 cl local wine 1 euro
Rice 70 cent
6 eggs 60 cent
1 fresh big bread 1-2 euro
1 kg bananas 99 cent
1 kg tomatoes 1,49 euro
1 kg apples 1,49 euro
1 kg carrots 49 cent
1 kg shrimps 9 euro
washing powder 3-6 euro
CAFE / PUB / RESTAURANT
Espresso 0,50 – 1 euro
Draft beer (33 cl) 90 cent and up
Lunch/dinner 5 – 10 euro (not including drink)
Orange juice 1½ – 2½ euro
TRANSPORT IN/AROUND LISBON
Local bus / metro 90 cent + 50 cent to buy a rechargeable card (Carris/Metropolitano, zone 1) or 1,50 euro in the bus
Local tram 90 cent + 50 cent to buy a rechargeable card (Carris, zone 1) or 2,50 euro in the tram
Ferries 0,90 – 1,85 euro + 50 cent to buy a rechargeable card
Train Lisbon to Cascais 1,80 euro + 50 cent to buy a rechargeable card (one way, with Comboios de Portugal)
Bus Lisbon to Porto 18 euro (one way, with Renex)
THE REST
Furnished apartment 450-600 euro/month + electricity & water
Room in shared apartment 150-350 euro/month including electricity & water
Mobile internet 1 euro/hour is the only option here for short-term-contracts, not including modem. All other options requires 12-24 months contract.
WIFI Open WIFI networks can be found on the street on some places. In cafés and restaurants it is not so common with WIFI. There are a lot of internet cafés with computers that you can rent for 1 euro per hour, plus a wireless internet (FON_ZON_FREE_INTERNET) in most places for the same price.