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Egypt and the Red Sea

My flight path is from Toronto to Paris with a seven hour layover before embarking on the connecting flight to Cairo.  By the time I arrive at my destination I am tired from all the traveling and lack of sleep.  There is nobody to greet me at the airport so I wait for about thirty minutes until the driver shows up.  By North American standards the Egyptian drivers give dangerous driving a whole new meaning.  It is a three lane highway from the airport to the hotel but by straddling the broken white lines they are able to change it into a five lane highway.  They all drive as close to each other as possible and are constantly changing lanes, their only warning being the incessant beeping of horns.  Many vehicles show evidence of close encounters of the third kind and it is a wonder to me that we only see one accident on the way.  After checking into the room Tim offers me some liquid refreshment which ensures that I will have a restful sleep.

Day one:

05:15 a.m. – The driver picked us up to take us to the stables where we mounted camels for an early morning ride to the pyramids at Giza. It was still completely dark when we turned down a dusty earthen alleyway to the stables giving me cause to wonder just what we had gotten ourselves into. There are mounds of garbage strewn everywhere and the smell, even without the hot afternoon sun, is distressing. The pyramids are completely fenced off and only accessible through the entrance gates. Still, it was my first ride on a camel and my first view of the pyramids. After taking some pictures of the sun rising at the pyramids we rode the camels back to the stables and headed for the entrance to the pyramids. The pyramids are roped off to keep people away and there are armed guards everywhere. I lagged behind the group and was accosted by a local who insisted that I mount his camel. Being jet lagged and naïve I climbed aboard and almost immediately we galloped off at speed away from the pyramids. Fortunately this camel jockey was honest enough to just charge me ten dollars for taking a picture of me on his camel with the pyramids in the background. Our guide had run after me since the more unscrupulous have been known to ride you off into the desert where they relieve you of all of your money. After getting all the requisite photographs we next went to the sphinx but once again you cannot get very close. After this we made a quick trip to the papyrus museum and then it was off to Sakkara. This is the site of the step pyramid, the first one ever constructed. The surrounding palaces are spectacular and it must have been something special when it was used as a ceremonial site. Now it was time for the Cairo museum where most of the Egyptian artifacts are on display. Our guide informed us that if we only spent ninety seconds at each exhibit it would take us nine months to see all the displays. Of particular interest was a copy of the Rosetta Stone and the treasures from King Tutenkhamen’s tomb. One hallway holds the beds, chairs and all the containers that housed the sarcophagus and, in an adjoining room are the jewels, the golden head dress, the golden sarcophagus and the gilded outer coffin. The display is truly impressive. Given that he died when only nineteen after ten years of rule it would have been incredible to have found one of the Ramses’ tombs before they were plundered. For one hundred Egyptian pounds you can go into another room that houses a number of mummies, the most significant of these being Ramses II. Worn out from our days activities we headed back to the hotel to take a few shots of the Nile at sunset, and then it was time for dinner and bed.

Day two:

We had another early start to get to the airport for the trip to Luxor.  Pierre and Jukka have booked us into the Winter Palace, the same hotel that Lord Carnarvon stayed in during his time in Egypt.  This hotel is truly impressive with 15’ high ceilings, wide hallways, solid brass hardware everywhere, fine furnishings, original paintings, exotic floral arrangements, chandeliers etc. etc. etc.  The grounds are also magnificent with specimen plantings throughout, an exotic bird cage the size of a small garage, a shiska area, an outdoor restaurant and, of course, the pool.  Today is supposed to be a rest and recuperation day and, although I did manage a few hours sleep, by evening it was time to visit the temple at Luxor.  This temple is more spectacular than anything that we have seen thus far and is only a short walk from the hotel.  We arrived shortly before sunset, were able to get some good shots of the temple with the setting sun as a back drop and it was well after dark when we returned to the hotel.  By this time some of the group from Finland had arrived so we assembled in the Royal Bar for a few drinks.  By the time we finished trying to make itinerary arrangements it was after 11:00 p.m. so we ordered room service and lounged at the end of the hall while we ate our sandwiches and drank more beer.  The advantage to being in the hall was that we were able to get a tour of the Royal Suite.  Then it was off to bed for much needed rest. Unfortunately, with the heat and the dust and the dry air, I have contracted a really sore throat which kept me awake half the night.

Day three:

Once again we set off early for the bus ride to the Valley of the Kings where we first stopped at the tomb workers housing area and viewed a couple of their grave sites.  Although only workers on the tombs for the pharaohs these tombs were still quite ornately decorated.  We were able to go inside four of the tombs of the pharaohs and all of them are spectacular in their own way.  Some of them comprise probably more than ten thousand square feet of space with rooms off the halls and with decorations and/or carvings on all of the walls and ceilings.  Most of the paint is still intact giving a very good impression as to what the tombs looked like when they were first finished.  Construction of the tombs started the day that the Pharaoh came to power and ceased on the day that he died.  Although it is incredibly hot outside in the sun, after spending several minutes inside these tombs it feels as though you have stepped into an air conditioned environment once you set foot outside again.  I cannot imagine what it must have been like to work inside the tombs, either carving or painting without any air circulation or adequate lighting.  Now we were off to Deir al Madina to visit the temple of Hatshepsut, the only female pharaoh to have reigned for a significant period of time.  This site is also impressive with its stairs, terraces and statues.  By the time we had finished filming, the sun was at its zenith and it was really, really hot so we went back to the hotel for a relaxing afternoon.  That evening we went to the Karnak temple for the sound and light spectacular.  We have been continuously harassed by the Egyptian guards wherever we go because they think we are all photographic professionals.  There are extra charges for using a tripod or video equipment.  The show was O.K. but I certainly would not consider it spectacular.

Day four:

Another early start to the day this time to cross the Nile by boat for a short ride to the hot air balloons area.  Twelve of us were going to get a bird’s eye view of Hatshepsut’s temple and the workers village. This gave us very good idea as to how extensive the construction was in this area.  After a safe landing we headed to a couple of tombs of notable Egyptian citizens.  Although not as large as the tombs of the pharaohs they are also ornately decorated and one of them was perhaps as much as 50’ deep.   Once again the heat of the day was upon us so it was back to the hotel for lunch and an afternoon of relaxation around the pool.  No evening excursions were planned so Natalie and I ate dinner at the hotel.

Day five:

Another early start, this time to visit the temple at Karnak during the day.  We arrived early enough to be ahead of the crowds which is a good thing since it is imperative to avoid the crowds if you want to get pictures without a throng of tourists in them.  The site has impressive columns and statues and the ceilings in some areas still have the original paint.  After filming here for awhile it was back to the hotel to pack for the bus ride to Hurghada and the next leg of our trip. The desert is endless and, apart from a couple of rest stops, there is nothing but sand as far as the eye can see.  It took us about five hours to reach Hurghada.  We checked into the hotel, went to the restaurant for dinner and then it was off to bed.

Day six:

Since we were not leaving for the Bedouin village until 01:00 p.m. we were finally able to sleep in and have a relaxing morning.  I set up the housing for the camera to make sure everything was operational for when we start diving.  We met in the lobby and were picked up by our driver.  He had a Toyota Land Cruiser with no air conditioning and very little tread on the front tires.  Once we left the highway and started out across the desert we realized that there wasn’t much suspension either.  It was a long, bumpy, hot, dusty ride.  The Bedouins have managed to survive in the desert for millennia and live a very simple life.  Their shelters are constructed of bamboo rods and woven reeds although some of the buildings are mud brick.  They offered us rides on their camels and the guides showed us around the village.  One woman was making flatbread over a fire and it was quite tasty.  They have a well that is over fifty feet deep although that water is quite salty so they only use it for the animals or for cleaning.  Several of the younger girls were fabricating rugs on a loom and they even had a general store where many of the herbs that they use as medicines were available for sale along with some of their handicrafts.  We enjoyed a traditional dinner seated on cushions in the tent and then it was back to the hotel for much needed rest.

Day seven:

True to form we had another 05:30 a.m. start to the day when the bus driver picked us up to transport us to the first dive boat.  We loaded our gear, set up cameras and enjoyed a hearty breakfast.  It will take us between three and four hours to reach the first dive site so there is time to relax and enjoy each other’s company.

Dive one
The first dive was on the wreck of the Carnatic in the area of Sha’ab Abu Nuhas reef.  The wreck lies in 24 meters of water.  This English ship was transporting wine from England bound for the colonies in India.  The Carnatic was a splendid steam-sail ship of the Peninsular & Oriental Steam Company, launched on December 8, 1862.  She conducted her maiden voyage on April 27, 1863 and ran aground September 12, 1869 and, although she remained afloat for a couple of days, when she sank on September 14, 1869 it was with the loss of 27 souls.

Dive two
Our next dive was on the wreck of the Ghiannis D, also on the reef of Sha’ab Abu Nuhas. Although a relatively recent wreck, sinking six weeks after she hit the reef on April 19, 1983, there is an abundance of marine life that has taken up residence. Of interest on our dive were a blue spotted lagoon stingray and several extremely large moray eels.

Dive three
Our original plan called for a late afternoon dive on the Thistlegorm but by the time we arrived the sun was already starting to set.  So we opted to do a night dive on this World War II wreck.  Fortunately the current was light and for the most part we just explored the exterior of the stern.

Day eight:

Dive four
We stayed overnight moored to the wreck of the Thistlegorm and awoke at 05:00 a.m. so that we would be the first divers on the wreck in the morning.  This afforded us an opportunity to see something that most divers do not, the Thistlegorm with no divers around.  We explored the stern section and the train engine that was blown about 100 yards further away.  There are also a couple of light armoured vehicles and numerous shells littering the sea bed.  Two large guns give an indication that this was a vessel geared for war.    We entered one of the holds where numerous motorcycles and trucks are still stored.  At the completion of this dive we went back to the boat for breakfast.

Dive five
After a lengthy surface interval, more boats had moored at the site so we would not have the luxury of being the only divers on the wreck.  Our group headed to the bow against quite a strong current and descended to the sand at about 100 feet so that we could film the bow from below.  Then we entered the holds once again.  The Thistlegorm was an important cargo vessel for the British army carrying numerous supplies including trucks, motorcycles, light armoured vehicles and munitions.  We explored the holds for the remainder of our dive and then as we exited the hold we were met by a group intent on entering.  Not sure where these divers learned how to dive but there was no courtesy offered as they tried to force themselves into the same small orifice that we were exiting.  There were only a half dozen dive boats at the site but I would not want to dive this wreck when there were twenty or more boats moored which apparently is quite common.

We started the long trip back to Hurghada, stopping at a reef along the way for lunch.  After docking we loaded the gear onto the bus for the trip back to the Marriott Hotel.  We enjoyed the buffet dinner and, although some brave souls ventured into the bar, I went straight back to the room for some much needed rest.  The bus to transport us to Marsa Alam was not scheduled to pick us up until 01:00 p.m. so we were able to take our time over breakfast.  Several of us occupied the internet café to catch up on e-mails and contact people at home.  After checking out we loaded the bus and started out on the five hour bus ride to Marsa Alam.  It was dark by the time that we arrived so entering the zodiacs for the trip out to the dive boat was a bit of a challenge.  There were several boats moored in the harbour and ours was the largest and the furthest out.  I have enjoyed several live aboard excursions but never have I seen a dive boat as luxurious as this one.  There is a lounge upstairs that comfortably accommodated our entire group and you could probably hold a small wedding reception and dance in the salon area.  Several of us have the added luxury of private rooms which makes it easy to stow all the camera gear.  After an introductory meeting we went to the salon for a delicious dinner and then back upstairs to the lounge where the embroidered shirts commemorating this auspicious dive trip were laid out, each individually identified with the person’s name.  We received the boat briefing and then assembled our scuba gear.  Once again it was time for bed.

Day nine

We were allowed to sleep in the next morning and after a hearty breakfast received the dive briefing and group assignments for the check out dive.  The Sha’ab Marsa Alam site is ideal for new divers with a maximum depth of only about 40 feet.  There is a wreck and several swim throughs in the reef. We filmed several blue spotted lagoon rays, a crocodile fish and numerous other fish that I have never seen before.  About 10% of the marine life is endemic to the Red Sea so there are going to be many first sightings for me on this trip.  We set out for our next dive at Sha’ab Sharm and arrived within a few hours.  This reef has deep drop offs although we limited ourselves to about 90 feet.  There was a school of barracuda patrolling the reef, a turtle enjoying his lunch completely oblivious to all of the photographers, anemone fish, scores of anthias and other small colourful reef fish.  All in all, this was a very relaxing and enjoyable dive.  We stayed at this site for the night dive where we encountered a Spanish Dancer, a couple of large moray eels out hunting for their dinner and other assorted night creatures. After we had stowed our gear it was time for dinner.  This was a special occasion since Jukka was celebrating his 50th birthday. The chef outdid himself by roasting a whole lamb along with all the requisite side dishes.  After dinner we retired to the lounge for the birthday cake and several toasts of the birthday boy.  After a couple of drinks I retired to my cabin but the revelry was continued by the Finnish delegation.

Day ten:

We were woken at 05:30 a.m. for the dive briefing and shortly after 06:00 a.m. were loaded into the pangas for the first dive of the day.  We are on Sha’ab Habiley Ali, a large reef with deep drop offs.  Since the current is quite strong we are required to do negative entries with our camera gear.  Once near the reef we descend to 100 feet to film the large gorgonians.  There is a myriad of small reef fish darting in and out of the reef which makes for some colourful photo opportunities but we did not really see anything of consequence.  After the dive we had our breakfast and awaited the next briefing.  Since the Finnish group did the dive backwards, fighting the current all the way, it is decided to do the dive again so that they can do it at a more leisurely pace.  This time we were able to film the long-nosed hawkfish which inhabit the strands of black coral.  At the end of the dive a pod of dolphins were swimming by so we had the opportunity to jump back into the water and snorkel with them.  Bob Pitasi was fortunate enough to see the dolphins while completing his safety stop so was able to get some good footage.  After lunch we are on our way to the next site.

Abu Fandira is is a pretty dive site with coral mounts of hard and soft corals with all the requisite small reef fish and several coral mounts smothered with anemones and clownfish.  There are swim throughs, coral canyons and fantastic photo opportunities everywhere.  The current once again necessitated a negative entry with cameras and, unfortunately, Jukka’s housing clasp got caught on one of the panga lines forcing it open and flooding the housing and camera.  After a lengthy surface interval we dove this site again for the night dive.  By now we are moored on the inside of the reef so were able to enter and exit from the dive deck of the Andromeda.  Although there were numerous opportunities to film during the day, this night dive did not provide much in the way of interest.   After 45 minutes in the water I came back to the boat with 1500 psi still in my tank.  We packed up our gear, assembled for dinner and then went to the lounge to watch Jukka’s video from last year’s Galapagos trip.  Then it was off to bed.

Day eleven:

We spent the night moored to the reef and, once again, a 05:30 a.m.  the wakeup call got us out of bed in time for the dive briefing and then we prepared for our early morning dive.  There are so many coral mounts here and so much to see and film that you could dive this site over and over again without getting bored.  The maximum depth is only 60 feet so long bottom times are the norm here.  Of special interest are the coral heads with several anemones and numerous anemone fish darting in and out.  After our dive we assembled for breakfast and then awaited the journey to our next site.  It took only about a half hour to sail to Habiley Abu Faudira and this time we entered from the boat deck and swam to the coral mounts.  The first part of this dive and the last part were quite pleasant with lots of photo opportunities.  However, due to the depth of the middle part of this dive, in excess of 100 feet, it became an exercise in experiencing nitrogen narcosis and exceeding no decompression limits.  There was nothing to see, and nothing to film and, as far as I am concerned no point to the dive.  I would have preferred another dive at the previous site.  That is it as far as our deep south safari is concerned as we are now making our way back to the north.

We arrived at our next destination a little past 04:00 p.m. so we will be doing a combination dusk/night dive for our last dive of the day.  This site, called Dangerous Reef, is a maximum of 60 feet deep but the light is already failing by the time we hit the water.  Nevertheless, there are photo opportunities with a nudibranch, lionfish and several stonefish out and about for their evening meal.  Pierre saves me from kneeling on a stonefish that has swum beneath me while I am filming the lionfish and so we both take the opportunity to film this venomous creature.  There is a cavernous swim through and although several fish are using it as shelter for the night there is only a white anemone that provides any real interest.  At the exit of the cavern it is a completely different matter though. Once again there are numerous anemones with their requisite clown fish as well as anthias and other small reef fish already seeking shelter in the coral crevices.  A lionfish stalks its prey over the reef and a large moray is swimming about actively involved in the nightly hunt.  We stretch this dive out to almost 90 minutes and then swim back to the boat, break down our gear and prepare for dinner.  That evening we watch the award winning documentary, “The Cove” on the large screen TV in the lounge.

Day twelve:

Our early morning wakeup call coincides with us arriving at Small Gouta, our next dive site.  Already two other boats are moored at the site and more are on their way here.  This site is a large pinnacle with deep drop offs to more than 130 feet.  Natalie and I decide to stay above 100 feet to conserve air.  There are many interesting photo opportunities including stands of black coral, nudibranchs, lionfish, puffers as well as all the numerous, assorted small reef fish.  Regaining the boat at the end of the dive is a bit of a challenge due to encountering the current once you leave the shelter of the reef.  However, we all make it safely back to the boat in time for breakfast.  After breakfast is cleared away we secure all the camera gear for the rather bumpy ride to St. John’s reef, our next stop on our way back to the north.  There is a cave system that runs through this reef, aptly named as St. John’s cave which provides many photo opportunities of the various openings.  The play of light and shadow on the reef is quite picturesque.  There are a few nudibranchs within the cave and various fish are seeking shelter there as well.  After lunch we do a second dive at this site but four of us opt to dive the pinnacles rather than do another cave dive.  There are plenty of interesting specimens including several morays but, while filming a blue triggerfish, I become separated from the group.  I can see Pierre and Tim off in the distance and shortly am joined by the Finnish delegation but there is no sign of the group that I am supposed to be with and I am not about to go wandering through the caves in search of them.  I swim with the Finns in the direction of the boat and Marcus starts to toss an egg up into the water.  This quickly attracts the attention of a small Napoleon Wrasse.  Within a couple of minutes another wrasse shows up and they are then joined by two huge ones.  Marcus tosses his egg into the water, snatching it from the gaping jaws of the largest wrasse until the fish finally wins the battle.  Tim then starts tossing his egg and the attention turns to him.  He manages to keep it away from the hungry mouths for a while but eventually the largest wrasse comes in from behind and very nearly takes Tim’s hand along with the egg.  This activity provided lots of photographic opportunities.  As we reach the boat and complete our safety stops the rest of my group shows up and we all get back on the boat together.  It is a short boat ride to our mooring for the night at Sernaka Island.  We do our night dive here and, although not a particularly nice reef there are a few things to occupy our attention.  There is a large lionfish out hunting for dinner and it is hounded by all the photographers but, since the lights give it a distinct advantage over its prey it doesn’t seem to mind.  I leave it for the rest of the group but re-encounter it on the way back to the boat.  It darts to the bottom sucking a length of rope into its mouth.  It chews on this for a few seconds before realizing that there is not much nutritional value involved and then spits it out again.  After sorting out our gear it is time for a hot shower and then dinner.

Day thirteen:

Our first dive is at Sha’ab Malahey, a relatively shallow reef comprised of numerous coral mounts forming canyons which provide some interesting swim throughs. We are greeted on the entry by a large Napoleon Wrasse that literally just lay on the sand probably waiting for a breakfast handout. We continue the dive through the canyons and although it is very scenic there are few opportunities to film the marine life. However, the backdrop of the canyons with the blue water beyond makes for very dramatic shots. During breakfast we travel to Sha’ab Claudia, the site for our next dive. We begin our dive at the entrance to a cave and swim into the depths of the coral. The light filtering through the openings at the surface makes for a nice play of light and shadow and we follow each other through the maze in a single file. Upon exiting the cave system we are confronted with huge stands of hard corals and, once again, the numerous small fish that call the reef home. This is another beautiful dive site with many photo opportunities. After a little more than an hour we exit the water and break down our gear in preparation for travel to the next site which will take about 4 hours to reach. We enjoy a hearty lunch during the journey and I head upstairs to work on my tan on the top deck. Eventually we reach Wadi El Gemal National Park but, by the time we enter the water, dusk is approaching. We encounter a turtle at the beginning of the dive and I am able to film it enjoying a hearty meal. This would be an excellent site for photography if the light were right. We are surrounded by hard corals on all sides and encounter marine life that we had not seen previously on this trip. Mustapha, one of our guides, calls the dive early since apparently we need to set sail for the next site before dark sets in. We go around to the back side of the reef and, after a surface interval, enter the water for our night dive. Unfortunately there is not much to see and it is almost eerie diving at night without a cacophony of flashes going off. Still, we are entertained by several pairs of lionfish out in search of a meal, a couple of puffers as well as a stonefish lying in wait, half buried in the sand. After breaking down our gear and taking a hot shower it is time for dinner. A special dinner has been prepared with chicken, fish, lamb, beef or chicken shiskebobs and an assorted selection of salads. Nobody was likely to go hungry. We were also informed that the boat was not docking in Marsa Alam as originally planned but would be traveling on to Hurghada instead. This gave us a choice, either take the bus back to Marsa Alam to make our flights or change our flights to fly out of Hurghada instead. Fortunately, Brenda took on the task of making all the necessary arrangements and, with luck, we will all eventually arrive at our respective destinations.

Day fourteen:

We sailed during the night to the Elphinstone Reef.  A 05:30 wake up- call had us ready to dive by 06:00 a.m.  The strong currents and deep water necessitated a negative entry with cameras but unfortunately Carl got clipped on the head by a cylinder.  This caused a gash in his skull that was bleeding profusely and so ended his dive early.  We all appreciated him taking it on the chin for us to see if any oceanic white tip sharks would come close to investigate but it was all for naught and nobody saw any sharks.  The currents are really strong and it was a bit of a struggle to get close to the reef but even in the relative shelter of the coral we were still whisked along at a rapid pace. It was virtually impossible to get any decent shots.  Once we came to the end of the reef and were able to seek some shelter from the current I was already low on air so completed my safety stop and rose to the surface.  There were quite a few dive boats in the area and pangas all around.  I was offered several lifts before our panga arrived to take us all back to the boat. Breakfast was served and then we completed a surface interval before venturing back into the water for another opportunity to see the oceanic white tip shark.  We repeated the process and this time spent several minutes swimming out in the blue at a depth of about 30 feet but still there were no sightings.  Due to the mix up with the travel connections we have been offered a dive in the grass beds in the hopes of seeing a dugong.  Brenda and Marcus are still attempting to sort out all of the arrangements for our transfer to Cairo, a daunting task given that the internet connectivity at sea is slow and sporadic.  We weigh anchor again at Marsa Mobarak in a vain attempt to locate and film the dugong.  There are persistent rumours of its existence but we cannot verify them.  After about 30 minutes combing the sandy bottom with precious little to see we regain the pangas, go back to the boat and rinse and dry all of our gear.  That brings our dive safari to an end.  Now we just have to figure out how we are all getting back to Cairo for the journey home.  Rumour has it that Jukka flooded another camera due to an O-ring issue with the Ikelite housing.  At least his Amphibico housing has stood up to the rigours of daily diving.

Day fifteen:

Since we docked in Hurghada and not Marsa Alam, everyone had to change their flight arrangements.  Brenda had managed to change everybody's flights except mine.  So, after breakfast it is necessary for me to go to the Egypt Air office to change my flight before embarking to Cairo.  It was a relatively easy process and I upgraded to business class at the same time.  Once we arrived at the airport it was realized that, although the reservation confirmation was sent to Brenda, no tickets had been issued for their group.  Shortly after Pierre checked in the ticket handlers went on break and just left us standing in line.  Eventually they showed up again and I was able to get my boarding pass.  The rest of the group was still trying to sort out the mess with their arrangements.  To make matters worse they will only accept cash so Tim went on a merry adventure to see if he could find a bank.  He couldn’t, but after conferring with a group of armed guards, some interested bystanders, and a couple of people wearing suits he handed over a wad of cash to a janitor who hurriedly disappeared behind a locked door.  Strangely enough, especially for Egypt, the janitor returned within a few minutes with Egyptian pounds and did not accept any compensation for his efforts. There is hope for Egypt yet.  We boarded the plane and an hour later arrived in Cairo.  Once we had retrieved our luggage some of the group headed to a hotel while several of us went straight to the international departure terminal.  Once we got there we thought that perhaps we should have opted for a hotel since the facilities are meager at best.  They even have beggars charging for toilet paper in the airport washrooms.  I only have 12 hours to kill before I can board my flight to Amsterdam and am already worn out by the process.  This is definitely the worst part of traveling.  The flight to Amsterdam was uneventful but it is an incredible relief to be out of Egypt.  Never before have I been so grateful to leave a country.

After spending several hours in the airport it is time to board the plane for Toronto.  Unfortunately I cannot sleep on planes and so, by the time we arrive in Toronto, I am exhausted.  My housing case is the last one to be unloaded from the plane so I am left waiting for my luggage for a long, long time.  I manage to make it home by about 07:00 p.m. thoroughly worn out from the process.




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