Category Archives for Egypt


Zac’s Last Travel Birthday

Zac and Tyler setting off fireworks on the roof of our house.

Zac was nine when we started travelling. He spent his tenth birthday in Brisbane, ice-skating with me and his dad. I didn’t take pictures of that. He spent his eleventh birthday in Beijing, a split celebration: half at the Happy Valley theme park, half an underwhelming and icy sojourn at the water park in The […]


Decision Time

Pavement stop sign by Steve Snodgrass on Flickr's Creative Commons.

Only months after Mongolia, the death drop is Zac’s second near-death experience within a year. I am crystal-clear when I wake up in the morning – yes, even before coffee! – that Ethiopia and Sudan are now firmly off the cards. We have used up our luck for the year, and there’s none left for […]


Death Drop in the Blue Hole

The Blue

With hindsight, it was not the best idea to take my 12-year-old son into Dahab’s Blue Hole, a dive site which claims the lives of adults regularly – albeit usually adults diving way beyond recreational diving limits without the required equipment or skills. Yet, as The Whore, Zac and I set out with X on […]


When Travelling Kids Hit Their Teens

Zac and friend looking quite grownup on a quadbike.

I’d heard that something happened to travelling kids when they hit their teens – that they became averse to longterm travel, unwilling to make new friends and desirous of (eek!) settling down. It happened to the Vogel family, who cycled from Alaska to Argentina. It appears to be happening now to my online friend Talon […]


Why Diving Dahab Rocks

Diving Dahab - looking up at the entrance to the Canyon.

Diving Dahab the visibility is always stellar, the colours crystal clear. Looking up through the Canyon, the sun beams a bright, bright blue – at night, you can watch a full moon rise over the Red Sea through 30 metres of luminescent water. Canyon is starkly beautiful – architecturally so. But at Islands, ever-changing currents […]


Science, World Schooling and, Ya Know, Stuff

Heart Stuff

After a long weekend in a castle – my “little” cousin, who, in my head, is still a rather sulky teen, but in reality is a fully grown and charming adult with an insanely lucrative job, has hired it for the weekend to treat the family – the boy and I head back to the […]


Sun, Sea, Sand, Scuba – Sinai! In Association with HolidayGems

Ein Khodra Oasis, Sinai Desert.

South Sinai is like nowhere else in Egypt: a stark landscape of desert and mountains, lapped by the clear blue waters of the Red Sea. The Sinai is the place where Moses supposedly received the Ten Commandments, home of the Bedouin since time immemorial – and a world away from the chaos of Cairo and […]


Ten Things for Kids to Do in Dahab and the Sinai

Sinai Lead Image

We’ve spent many happy weeks in Dahab. And the Sinai is a seriously under-rated destination for family travel. Sharm is more famous as a family-friendly destination, but there are plenty of things for kids to do in Dahab, particularly during late October and November, when the sun is not so scorching but the sea is […]


Welcome to Israel!


Baggy of eye and saggy of face, I drag myself out of bed, still feeling the impact of farewell drinks the night before, and gear myself to begin the godawful process that is getting my spawn out of bed, and packing. Our possessions seem to have multiplied, like replicating amoebas, into every nook and cranny […]


Kittens, Egypt

Kitten on cushions in rooftop restaurant in Dahab, Egypt.

As we gear up to move on from Egypt, a country that alternates between inducing utter rage and intense affection, I thought I’d get around to bringing you that picture post I’ve been promising you. You cannot get away from cats in Egypt. They breed like, well, like rabbits, I guess, with kittens at every […]