I went to Egypt (Hurghada) over the New Year. I went with Emma and her sister, and it was very awesome. When planning the trip, I had for some reason thought I had gone to Sharm El Sheik last time I went to Egypt but of course this was the same place. Nevertheless, we went to get sun and we got sun! I also got to read two books that i had wanted to read.

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While I was away on my solitary holiday I felt (and wrote about) a certain unpleasant feeling. One could suppose it is a feeling of loneliness. I tried to write about it when I was there and had it most vividly in my memory. I will try to sum up the entire experience at a later point and drawing references to the original description of the experiment, but I wanted to isolate the description of this feeling, as I find it rather interesting and is the core of why I would not want to repeat the experiment in the same way.

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[caption id=“attachment_1152” align=“alignright” width=“175” caption=“This is the kind of stingray I saw, not my picture though. It’s maybe 40cm in diameter.”] [/caption]I just finished my theoretical test for the diving certificate. A lot of questions but they were easy and I got to do it here at “at home” so it was quite easy. Yesterday I did some confined water diving by the beach to learn some basic stuff (that I basically knew already) and today we went out by boat to some nice coral reefs.

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[caption id=“” align=“alignright” width=“240” caption=“A shitty store boasting better prices than Ullared - Gekås. I am speechless.”] [/caption]Wandering outside of the hotel neighborhood you find some small shops and some tourist-stuff but it’s really not that much. As far as I can tell, there is no local center with shopping and dining within a reasonable walking distance. It’s quite sad really. It seems that people here, myself included, live very confined within the hotel boundaries, now and again walking 50-200 meters outside of it to find a different restaurant than the one you ate at yesterday.

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To say that my mood in this place is ambivalent is an understatement. Day one was actually quite a pain, missing internet and people. Day two was wonderful, getting some real sun, reading almost an entire book and getting much writing done, wrapping it up with minor internet-use, some coding and watching National Geographic (the only channel I have that isn’t dubbed to German). Today, I miss family. Christmas isn’t a big thing for me, that’s why I’m here instead of celebrating.

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I’ve filled 5 or 6 pages of my Moleskine today. Mostly by what will be blogposts. Right now I want to get to bed though, so I’ll just post some pics from today. Thought I’d show you how I live and what it looks like here. I have also decided to take a diving certificate! Tomorrow I will start studying theory, then one shallow-water dive the day after tomorrow and then we go out 9-16 with the boat on Saturday, I think it’s gonna be pretty awesome :D [caption id=“” align=“alignleft” width=“240” caption=“My bed”] [/caption] [caption id=“” align=“alignright” width=“240” caption=“The bed I use for storage”] [/caption] [caption id=“” align=“alignleft” width=“240” caption=“My room from the outside.”] [/caption] [caption id=“” align=“alignright” width=“240” caption=“Walking to the beach”] [/caption] [caption id=“” align=“alignleft” width=“240” caption=“The beach.”] [/caption] [caption id=“” align=“alignright” width=“240” caption=“The sky”] [/caption] [caption id=“” align=“alignleft” width=“240” caption=“This is nice.”] [/caption] [caption id=“” align=“alignright” width=“240” caption=“Dinner”] [/caption] There are many more pictures on flickr.

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[caption id=“attachment_1132” align=“alignright” width=“256” caption=“The most expensive sandwich I’ve ever bought.”] [/caption] I have arrived in Hurghada. It was pretty easy, while at the same time being a pain in the ass. I booked the trip through a travel agency, so you have to follow them around and do everything as planned. You can’t even check in to the hotel yourself so you have to do it with them and it feels kind of ridiculous being treated like a 5-year old.

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