16 Nov - 19 Nov 2006 Taba Heights

Northern Red Sea
Gulf of Aqaba/Eilat
Sinai Peninsula
Taba Heights Marina
SY "Kamu II" alongside the harbour office, at 2.5 m of depth.
US$ 10.- per night.

Click below for an interactive satellite view of our harbour berth:
N 29° 22.54' E 034° 47.63'

Re-entering the Egyptian territorial waters with valid multiple-entry tourist visas from the Consulate of Egypt +96232016181 in Aqaba/Jordan and clearing uneventfully into Egypt at the Taba Heights Marina +20693580046, a new official port of entry for cruising yachts, paying the agent fees of US$ 40.- in cash for the full-scale arrival procedure (immigration, customs and harbour master), passing the wily Muslim counter-espionage guy's sly language test (“Ah-tah m’dah-behr ee-vreet?” - "Ah-neelo m’dah-behr ee-vreet!”) and buying a relatively cheap Egyptian cruising permit, valid for eight months for US$ 10.- per month; shalom aleichem, Mitsrayim!

Following the serpentine camel path uphill to the top of the 2,285 m high summit of Mt. Sinai where Moses, according to the Jewish, Christian and Muslim religion, received allegedly the Ten Commandments (at Mt. Sinai, God and the Hebrews clinched a deal: in return for their rescue from the Egyptians, and deliverance to the promised land of Israel, Jews would follow only one God and his laws, as outlined in the Ten Commandments and the Torah, the first five books of the Old Testament), and taking thereafter the 3,750 Steps of Repentance, laid by one monk as an act of penance, back down to the ancient 4th-century CE St. Catherine’s Monastery where we plucked a leaf from the Burning Bush from which God had supposedly spoken to Moses.

"If I thought the Lord was speaking to me I'd check myself into Bellevue,
and I think you should too." 
(Bill Maher in Larry King Live, 11 August 2005 CE;
in response to a called-in question
if he would become a believer if the Lord spoke to him) 

"Jesus is great - is there a better role model? No. It's religion, it's the people who get in between - the bureaucracy, you know ... It's the way people abuse Jesus. Was there ever a greater victim of name dropping?"
Discussing the five great linguistic distortions in the history of the Old Testament, as we know it today, (i) the 3rd-century BCE Septuagint, the allegedly oldest rendition of the Old Testament, from Old Hebrew into Old Greek, (ii) the Codex Sinaiticus, a 4th-century CE manuscript used by later scholars to confirm biblical texts, (iii) the Vulgate, the first “translation” from Hebrew directly to Latin and its major revisions in the 16th-, 18th- and 20th-centuries CE, (iv) Martin Luther’s tinkering with the Vulgate, removing parts for his Lutheran faith, and last but not least, (v) the 17th-century CE King James Bible which proclaims itself authorised and genuine but whose translators never saw the original in Old Hebrew, renewing our principal doubts about the authenticity of the Bible, an ancient novel full of murder, corruption, bestiality, incest and cruelty and the most widely used form of propaganda and control in the world, and watching afterwards Bill Maher on Larry King Live on our laptop.

Click below for more blog posts about interesting ports of entry
26 Aug - 11 Sep 2007 Aden/Yemen
12 Aug - 18 Aug 2007 Massawa/Eritrea
22 Jul - 26 Jul 2007 Suakin/Sudan
30 Aug - 01 Oct 2005 Lattakia/Syria
04 Oct - 21 Oct 2005 Beirut/Lebanon

Click below for a summary of this year's travels
2006 Map Konni & Matt 

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