I just finished reading an article on the Telegraph website by some twat named Allison Pearson, who frankly shouldn’t be trusted alone with a keyboard. To summarise her ramblings of shite… DEATH BE ON ALL YE WHO VISIT SHARM EL SHEIKH.
Shut up Allison.
The end of last year found me in Sharm El Sheikh with two of my lovely friends having the best damn week of my life. While I realise that it is not the safest place to go and visit right now, don’t completely scribble it off of your bucket list just yet. Here’s a list of reasons why it should remain firmly on there.
1. To find Nemo.
To quote another one of my favourite Disney films…
“Under the sea
Darling it’s better
Down where it’s wetter
Take it from me”
2. You’re a Queen and no one will tell you otherwise.
For the entirety of the trip I was referred to as “my Queen” by all of the waiting staff. While the beginning of the week found me inadvertently dodging eye contact each time I was called this, by the end of the week I was in my full stride and accepting it like the Egyptian Queen I was born to be.
Service is damn good, and even though you know that there are hundreds of other people all being treated in exactly the same way, you can’t help but feel like you’re getting preferential treatment.
3. Quad biking and camel riding in the desert at sunset.
“What makes the desert beautiful, is that somewhere it hides a well…”
One of the best memories I have, from like my entire life is sitting on the back of the Quad biking instructors bike, hurtling through the air in the pitch black desert with nothing but the light of the bike to guide us. At first I was all “weeeeeeee”, and then a little bit “arrrrgh”, and then we broke down, and I was like “shit, this is bad”. I could very faintly hear the music in the distance from where we had left the others, but we couldn’t see anything as we had lost the light from the bike.
Not to be dramatic, but my heart was beating like a million miles an hour at this point, and I thought that my friends would have to return back to England and calmly explain to my Mum that they had lost me somewhere in the desert. Luckily, after about 20 minutes passed by the engine kicked back into life and my instructor dropped me back off to camp, and my worried friends.
I realise that I started this story by saying that this was one of my favourite memories, and then went on to explain something terrifying, but how many people can say that they have literally flown through the god damn air in the middle of the night in the desert? It was amazing, and 10/10 would want to do again.
4. Stargazing and a dance show in the desert.
If you’ve always fancied seeing what life is like in the desert, with the romantic accompaniments of stargazing and music, then Sharm El Sheikh is your chance to finally do it. You’re hardly going to walk away from an evening in the desert going “What a bloody waste of time that was Carol” are you?
5. To spend day trips on a boat feeling like the best you you’ve ever been.
You can dive, you can snorkel, or if you really want you can just sunbathe on the deck of the boat all day with your book & great company.
6. Sharm Old Market.
You are warned and warned and warned that this is a place that you absolutely need to go to with a tour guide or group, but we experienced no bother whatsoever just the three of us. It’s easy and cheap enough to get to via taxi which you can order from the resort that you’re staying in, and arrange a pickup time for them to come and collect you and take you back again.
The Market is full of amazing goodies that you can haggle down to a super cheap price, and then you can have a break from resort food by stuffing your face with authentic Egyptian food in one of the restaurants.
7. The glorious sea.
If the red sea was a person then I would probably lick it’s face…
8. It very rarely drops below 18°C.
Suck it England with your ‘light drizzle’.
9. New friends.
Egyptians are bloody hilarious and super sociable. They’re maybe my new faves. This was also the first time I’d stayed on a resort before which is pretty much made up of your own little social circle to walk into.
10. Absolute luxury.
Everything throughout your trip will be top of the range. From the hotel you’re staying in, to the massage you have which is a full body one combined with hot stones. The mini fridge, your terrace area attached to your room, the constant topping up of your water/ ice tea/ cocktail or beer by the pool.
Tourism is such a huge part of Sharm El Sheikh, and they really have perfected their service and their way of saying thanks. You will walk away from there bursting from all of the amazing things you’ve seen and done, incredibly relaxed and generally wondering why the rest of the weeks in the year aren’t filled with that much luxury.
So ignore Allison Pearson over at the Telegraph because she is a moron. Egypt isn’t getting great press at the moment, but don’t let that stop you from going to see it yourself. So far I’ve only been to Sharm El Sheikh, but Allison Pearson and any other moron like her won’t stop me from going back and seeing more of what Egypt has to offer….