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Berlin Inline Marathon 2015

Thursday
The trip to Berlin Inline Marathon 2015 started from Malmö at 15.30, Thursday 24 September, with Patrik as driver and Lotta, Stefan, Gisle and myself as passengers. The time of departure involved rush hour on the southern motorway to Gedser. Patrik did a very good job and manage to get “in time” to the ferry. It was probably the tightest timing I’ve tried – 4 minutes before departure at the ticket office. Should mention that Patrik found a Super Duper deal on this specific departure, SEK 130!!, total price, one way for the car and passengers.

We arrived at the Acama hostel, Kreuzberg Berlin, at 22:00. Checked in and went out to an Ethiopian bar/restaurant in the neighbourhood where some tried Banana beer and palm beer served in a calebasse bowl. Finished the evening with a late night photo walk with Stefan to the Sience museum.

Friday
Some of us went “breakfast hunting”. After that Stefan found a green spot on the gps and it turned out to be a nice park called Victoria park. After a photo stroll it was time to head for Tempelhof Airport to pick up start number, chip and check out the different gear.

Lunch at a nice Italian restaurant on Bergman strasse.
Photo walkabout to the hostel with Robert where we passed a super cool shoemaker, totally retro, where it already was after work drinks 🙂

RollaboutThe afternoon was spent with a approx 20 km photo roll about with Stefan. Rollerskates is a great way to go around Berlin. Lot’s of really good bike pathways. Also some that’s not so good 😉 .

 

 

For Friday evening dinner, Ceci recommended a Singaporian restaurant, Mirchi, that was really good. Got a doggy bag with the fantastic lamb in coconut I couldn’t finish. Left in the reception at the hostel. Perfect for breakfast 😀

Saturday
The staff couldn’t find the doggy bag and I didn’t get that fantastic lamb dish for breakfast, øv 🙁

Preparing the gear for the Marathon. Lunch at the traditional Italian “around the corner”.
Some of us rolled to the Marathon start.

Marathon trackThe race this year was a total good feeling and fun trip all the way. No sore back or anything. Finished on 1.40. Impressed by Torkel who joined the pack all the way after just practice inlines 4 x 10 km before!! (bonus info: he’s been practice a lot of ice skating…)

Some of us rolled back to the hostel, with a beautiful “pre sunset”. Feeling “natural high”…

 

The after skate dinner was at the same place as last year, at the steak and burger restaurant The Bird, X-berg. Unfortunately the fuse for the ventilation went and we had to wait quite some time for the food in a very smokey restaurant. The staff was friendly and brought starters and shots as an excuse for keeping us waiting…

Finished the night with After Skate Disco at Kosmos. Returning back to the hostel we all decided to take the U-bahn. It was a “interesting” trip but probably not the best decision, time wise, compared to a taxi 😉

Sunday
Returning home…

Thanks Malmö City Skaters and everybody else for a great weekend 😀

Photo album on Picasa

 

Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt 2014

Berlin Inline Marathon 2014

Thursday morning 25 September four people, Johanna, Sofie, Peter and me, from Malmö City Skaters drove from Malmö to Berlin.  Arrived at the outskirts of Berlin at approx 16.00 and spent an hour or so in the  rush hour traffic before we reached Tempelhof Airport where we should pick up our start  number and check out some of the roller skate gear. Compared to last year when we visited the fair on Friday the number of people was very limited at this time. We had late dinner at Steakhouse Asador, Wilhelmstrasse 22, where we had our After Marathon Dinner last year.

Friday was foggy and misty. Met up with some of the other Malmö City Skaters and spent the day on sight seeing. Sea food lunch at KaDeWe . Dinner at an Italian restaurant.

Saturday, roll day, the weather was turning out much better then the previous days with blue sky and sun:-D. The morning was spent walking along the river to Berlin Science Museum.

13.30 we met in the reception area for a group photo with Rolling Vikings. Coach Gisle and I skated with Malmö City Skates flags from the hotel to the start. Unfortunately the flags was not allowed into the starting area due to security reasons. Gisle hid the poles in the bushes and I took the flags to the start area for the group photo that was taken in front of the Reichtag.

Together with 5.600 skaters we were waiting to get rollin’. We started out with a pack of 7 and an average speed around 26-28 km/h. We shrinked to 4. Gabriella and I switched to draw (got some help from Jesper). A few times we heard Gabriella’s husband shout from the back: “GABRIELLA!!, slower, please!!” 😀

The pack started out with a goal at 1.58. I passed finished at 1.49!! Totally happy!! Thanks for great company pack members!! Fantastic feeling rolling the last couple of hundred meters Unter den Linden to the finish line 😀

After skate dinner with 20 members of Malmö City Skaters at hamburger/steak restaurant The Bird in Kreutzburg. Very cool place with great food. Personally I was totally flying from the result, atmosphere and company.

Some of us finished of at the official after skate party at Columbiahalle

Checked out the Berlin Running Marathon from Gendarmenmarkt Square where  Sofie, Johanna, Peter, Gisle and I had some lunch before returning home…

That’s it for Berlin Inline Marathon 2014…

Benalmádena, Costa del Sol 2014

10 sunny days (26 June – 7 july) of the summer vacation was spent in southern Spain, in and around the town Benalmádena where we (Mickey and me) stayed in a very nice flat overlooking the sea and mountains.

The town is located 12 km west of Malaga, approx. ½ hour drive from the airport. It is divided into three separate parts:

  • Benalmadena Costa – the coastal strip that contains most of the resorts hotels and some apartment blocks.
  • Arroyo de la Miel (Honey stream)- originally a separate village and is where you will find shops, most of the resorts apartment blocks, and many Spanish bars and restaurants. The towns train station is here, it is home to Tivoli World and the cable car.
  • Benalmadena Pueblo – the original village located about 3 km inland and at 200 m. above sea level. The Pueblo is like the many Spanish “white villages” found in southern Spain. Narrow cobbled streets with white painted houses and many beautiful flowers on the walls. You find Copenhagen municipal hospital, Montebello, here and hear quite a lot of danish in the streets. There is a bar called Dansk bar and a restaurant Rottehullet (the rat hole)

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1. Accommodation | 2. Cable car start | 3. Eagle rock | 4. Bil-Bil Castle |
5. Parque de la Paloma | 6. Mini golf | 7. Puerto de la Marina

The accommodation was located next to a golf course. Fantastic view of sea and mountain.
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A 12 min. and 2,6 km long cable car ride start from Arroyo de la Miel. It takes you to the summit of Monte Calamorro, 769 m. Fantastic views over the area. A bird show is included in the ticket. Two falconers showed some tricks with eagles and vultures. After the show we decided to hike down. According to the guide it should take approx. 2,5 hours and “the trail start 100 m. down the road to the right”. After followed the trail for some time it suddenly ended and we looked for something that looked like a trail. Ended up at a VERY steep cliff where we agreed to turn back and try descending somewhere else. Found a not so steep and high spot where we managed to climb down. Mickey tried some “pebble surfing” on the hill side :-). With lunch break and the “detour”, it took us 2 hours and 20 min. to return to the start.

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Road trip sightseeing:
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  • We learned that it’s a good idea to take the train from Arroyo de la Miel to visit Malaga. One objective was to visit the Museo Picasso, it turned out to be closed on Mondays. Instead we semi followed a recommended “Trail-of-sights” from the tourist office (Malaga in 8 hours): Calle Larios – Plaza de la Constitucion – the Cathedral – the Roman Theatre – the Alcazaba – HC Andersen –  Plaza de la Marina – the Lighthouse
  • A nice drive south west along the coast way N-340 a few km. takes you to Fuengirola that is a major tourist resort. We visited the Bioparc, a quite small and different zoo. It’s divided into four exhibition areas built to simulate the animals’ natural surroundings.
    Near the Castillio Sohail one could rent a boat on the beach filled with sand for 5 euro. This is used for bbq and the very popular grilled sardines.

  • Inland, a bit up the mountain, 450 m.above sea level, is the small white village Mijas located. Parked the car at the entrance of the village in a big parking house for 1 euro for a day. You can take a donkey taxi or walk around the narrow, cobbled and some times steep streets. Looked at a flamenco show at the town square. Wednesdays at noon. Don’t know if it’s on every day. Other sights we checked out was the El Compas view point and the chapel with small electric “candels”, Plaza de Toros, Calle San Sebastian and the fun (and little strange) Carromato de Max – a miniature museum with a collection of paintings on pin-heads, rice corns and hair, wood carvings on tooth picks etc. E.g. a picture of Abraham Lincoln painted on a pin-head (no photography was allowed).

  • Further down the coast, after about 2 hour drive from Benalamádena, on the Mediterranean Motorway A-7, is Gibraltar. This 6 km2 piece of land is still Brittish tertitory with about 30.000 inhabitants.  The Rock, made of limestone, raises 426 above sea level.
    After driving around the very narrow streets of La Linea, looking for the border, we finally found a parking place near the frontier. “Quite a few” people preferred to drive across, loooong que. At the frontier we bought tickets to the cable car that included bus transport.
    The cable car is from 1966 and takes you to the top in about 6 min. After looking at the stunning views from the top and the many monkeys we walked down, this time on a proper road.
    Back in the center we walked along Main Street checking prices on electronics that we heard should be tax free and much cheaper. We didn’t think that was the case. At the coffee break, I was surprised that the staff  had limited knowledge of the English language.
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Maps
map-bioparc  map-eagle_rock  map-gibraltar

map-malaga  map-mijas

Photo album on Google Photos

Sestriere 2014

March 15-22 I spent in Sestriere, Italy, together with Patrik, Jesper, Casper, Bo and Martin – Team Holst. Thanks to Casper that arranged the trip through Slopetrotter.

We flew Air Berlin to Torino and SAS home from Milano. 1,5 hours transfer from Torino to Sestriere and 3 hours the other way. A “memorable” moment on Air Berlin was the free “sandwich”…

Sestriere is located at 2035 m. above sea level, 17 km from the French border.  It is  a part of the ski area Via Lattea (milky way) that has around 145 skiable pistes, that adds up to approx. 400 km.

Landmarks in town are the two round hotel towers that was built in the 1930’s by the FIAT family for the employees at the car factory in Torino to spend their winter holidays.  It is still a popular winter resort and the population goes from the 800 inhabitants to approx 20.000 during the winter holidays. In 2006 Sestriere was a part of the winter Olympics.

We had 6 days with sun, blue sky and warm weather. First couple of hours during the day the piste was hard, “wash boardish”. The next couple of hours it was nice and soft, sometimes  a bit of spring snow. Some slopes turned a bit too slushy in the afternoon. 

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Open large piste map 

  1. We stayed at the Palace Residence 2 located a bit uphill on the opposite side of the ski lifts.  There was local bus transport every 20 min. in the morning and afternoon.
  2. Great after ski at GFC, Wednesday (after pic-nic :-O ).
  3. Station/Refuge Alpette was until 1986 a middle station for the cable car to the summit. It has a large sun deck and is a great place for a rest and one or two drinks…
  4. Soleil Boeuf is another great place to rest your legs. Large sun deck with fat boys and sofas.
  5. Piste #duemila (2000), one of the favorite piste with great snow, through the forest and not many people.
  6. “The hidden restaurant” Ciao Pais. Even if it’s “hidden” you need to book for lunch…

Gallery:

Berlin Inline Marathon 2013

Around lunch Thursday 26 September four people from Malmö City Skaters, Johanna, Oskar, Peter and me, left Malmö for Berlin. After approx 7 hours drive by Peter and including a pic-nic in the German country side we arrived to the home for the weekend, Youth hostel Aletto. After checking in we looked for a place to eat this late hour. Found a nice Tibet restaurant in the neighborhood. First time for Tibetian food, very nice.

The plan was to do some sightseeing in Berlin Friday. We ended up spending approx 4 hours at the Sport and Health fair at Tempelhof Airport. Picked up the start number, looking at and buying some merchandise etc.

The limited sightseeing in the afternoon included Panoramapunkt at Potzdammer platz with a beautiful sunset with 360 degrees view over the city. Walked to Brandenburger Tor to see the finish area for the marathon. Meet up with Joachim and Jonas for dinner at a small and nice Italian restaurant close by. Had a very nice spaghetti with chantarelle and cream sauce, not much LCHF about that… 😉

Saturday morning we did a “photo walk” around the hood. Back at the hostel we got ready for the Berlin Inline Marathon, that started 15:30. U-bahn to Französiche strasse, brisk walk to Brandenburger Tor where we meet with the rest of the Malmö City Skaters.

Approx. 6.300 participants on small wheels joined this event, the biggest inline race in the world and for the 17th time. After the mandatory and traditional Malmö City Skaters group photo we headed for the starting point. Fantastic atmosphere already, loud music and speaker pep talk.  Felt a bit nervous but after start it disappeared and got goose bumps when rolling pass all the spectators that were cheering and making lots of noise. 

During the 42 km we passed several sights and lots of people along the streets cheering. Remember especially when coming around a turn and this wide boulevard opened up, only with  roller skaters, not a car or other traffic in sight. 

Had good company by Jesper behind me during the first 30+ km. Found different “packs” to follow but feel I need to practice that discipline some more to next year.

Got really tired and ache in the lower back after 32 km. Must have been the part of bad asphalt and little uphill 😉

Reaching “Unter den Linden” with Brandenburger Tor at the end was a great feeling and also the last part before the finish line. Tribunes on both side packed with people with bells and a selection of other equipment that could make noise. On top of this loud music and a speaker working hard to boost the “stimmung” to a maximum. My goal was 2:00-2:10 and the time showed 2:02 that I am very pleased with. I like to roll as fast as possible but I also like to get most of the atmosphere and sights as possible. Bart Swings of Belgium set new record – 59:28! Guess he didn’t have time for any sightseeing 😉

Since we were a bit late for the common Rolling Vikings dinner, the Malmö crew decided to meet at Steakhouse Asador, Wilhelmstrasse 22. Recomended by Jonas and turned out to be a very nice place with great food. The company was great too :-D.

The 40th. Berlin Marathon started at 8:45 Sunday. After breakfast and checking out we went to Brandenburger Tor area to see some of the action. Approx. 40.000 runners joined and 35.500 finished. Wilson Kipsang also set new WR with nearly the same time as me, 2:03!

Since Peter had injured himself during the inline race I drove back to Malmö. Thought I should get tired but Peter’s Audi A3 was nice to drive and it turned out not being a problem at all, was a bit surprised. Left Berlin around 16.00 and returned to Malmö around 24:00.

Hope to repeat this event next year, think it’s the same date, 28 September. Registration is here and open 4 November.

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Thanks to the Malmö City Skaters crew and well done everybody:
Johanna, Karolina, Peter, Oskar, Björn, Jesper, Joachim and Jonas

 

Berlin
Tempelhof Airport Fair
Malmö City Skaters
Start at Berlin inline marathon 2013
Finished at 2.02
40 Berlin marathon

 

London 2013

Summer vacation 3-10 July.DSC_3897

Easyjet from Kastrup to Gatwick. Hold luggage only, no check in. One hold luggage really means ONE, no camera or “man purse” on the side. I had booked the tickets with Ingo Johansson and that what it said on the boarding pass. It says Ingvar Johansson in the passport, not smart. It cost normally DKK 720 to change it but the assistant was very nice and changed free of charge, thanks a lot for that!

Took the regular train, Southern, from Gatwick to Victoria Station (when we finally found the right platform and train). Takes little longer than the Express but is half price. Buy a train ticket that include day pass on the tube. Approx £15/pers. Continued with the underground from Victoria to Oxford Circus and then it was only a few minutes walk to the flat at Dufours Place (had problems finding that too, tip: get a proper map from the start ;-).

Booked the flat via airbnb.com. It had two bedroom, two toilets, a large living room area incl. kitchen and a balcony. Prime location:

  • 1 min. walk to Carnaby Street
  • 2 min. walk to Oxford Street
  • 5 min. walk to Piccadilly Circus, Leicester Square and China Town
  • 10 min. walk to Trafalgar Square and The National Gallery
  • 15 min. walk to Buckingham Palace
  • 20 min. walk to Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye
The sightseeing: 
3 July [Map over the route]

  • China Town
  • Piccadilly Circus
  • M & M’s world at Leicester Square, 4 floors with M&M’s accessories and the scent of the candy!!!
  • Trafalgar Square. Watching young and old climbing the lion statues etc.
  • The Mall
Mickey at Trafalgar Square
4 July [Map over the route]

  • Window shopping along Oxford Street
  • Hyde park with speakers corner and chipmunks
  • Walked along Piccadilly (the street) to find a Burger King. Finally, found one at Leicester Square
  • Covent Garden with shops, restaurants and street artists
Covent Garden
5 July [Map over the route]

  • Tottenham Court Road where we visited CEX, a second hand gaming and mobile phone shop
  • Homemade chicken sandwich lunch at the lake in Regents Park
  • Baker Street, look at that line to Sherlock Holmes Museum!!!
  • In the evening we took tube Piccadilly Circus to Waterloo Station to meet Roma
  • Dinner at OXO Tower restaurant. Fantastic place, service, food and view.
  • Walked back on Southbank and Huntingdon Bridge, heading home
View from OXO Tower Restaurant
6 July [Map over the route]

  • Camden Market
    (Close encounter with black man, he thought I took many photos of his daughters and should publish them on the internet!!. He called the police etc. Puha…I was innocent, he was weird…)
  • Walked along the river to Primrose Hill where we had homemade chicken sandwich lunch (again) with beautiful view over the London skyline
  • Walk through Regent Park with beautiful gardens and large play fields
  • Portland Street and finally Carnaby Street
Camden
7 July [Map over the route]

  • The Mall to Buckingham Palace. Watched the changing of guards, good timing 🙂
  • Westminister with RINGING BELLS!! kept on and on and on…
  • Big Ben
  • Took a River Thames cruise to Tower Bridge and Tower of London
  • Walked the Murder Mystery Trail. Great fun and came around some interesting places
  • Met Sandra and walked back along north bank to Westminister
  • Finished with dinner at an Italian restaurant of Regent Street. Served by nice Swedish waitress called Linn
Buckingham Palace
8 July [Map over the route]

  • Took the buss from Piccadilly Circus to South Kensington
  • Visited V&A museum to see a David Bowie exhibition but far tooo long line…
  • Went to Harrods and looked at all the glitter and fancy electronics
  • Lunch at Serpentine, Hyde Park, (yes, chicken sandwich 😉 and looked at the BST set up
  • Buss to Tottenham Court to pick up the tickets at Dominion Theater
  • Visited a Carphone shop where Mickey found the Nexus 7 for £179
  • After refreshing at the flat we went back to Dominion Theater for We will rock you, AWESOME!! 😀
    (good idea to have picked up the tickets before, another line…)
We Will Rock You - Dominion Theater
9 July [Map over the route]

  • Started by visiting the mega toy store Hemley’s
  • Walked along Regent Street to Piccadilly Circus and then to Leicester square for lunch, Pret a Manger
  • Saw Despicable Me 2, 3D, Empire 1, 1000 seats. Great experience
  • Went for dinner at Five guys, Burgers and fries. Good timing, looong line when we came out
  • Watched Hangover in the flat
Hamleys
10 July

  • Mickey bought the Nexus 7 at the Carphone Shop, Oxford Street. Tried to bargain, 2 for £320, but no 🙁
  • Packed and waited…
  • Tube Oxford Circus – Victoria Station. Got the refund from Oyster cards at Victoria tube station
  • Train, Southern, to Gatwick
  • Plenty of time and the flight delayed approx. 30 min, dep. 17.55
  • The End
London

Tips:

  • Get an Oyster card. Deposit £5. Fill up the card. You get the deposit and the amount not used on the card refunded when you return the card at a tube station.
  • lastminute.com, discount tickets or buy them at Piccadilly Circus

Cervinia 2013

Easter week (23-30 march) we spent skiing in Cervinia, Italy, together with a colleague of mine, Bo, and his family and friends. Bo arranged accommodation and taxi from Milano airport to Cervinia. All we had to do was to buy flight tickets – thanks a lot Bo  🙂

The correct name is Breuil-Cervinia and has together with Valtournenche and Zermatt (Switzerland) over 350 km of slopes. The majestic “Toblerone” mountain Matterhorn (4.478 m), called Il Cervino in Italian, is the focal point from more or less where ever you are. An other focal point is the Plateau Rosa (3.480 m). From here you can start the 22 km slope down to Valtournenche (1.524 m). It should be the longest slope in the world but that include a very short ride in a  chair lift. 

On the map below it’s only the Italian side of the ski area, “Local” ski pass. We had plenty to do on this side and didn’t try the Swiss side (Zermatt). Get the skirama as PDF

Skirama-Cervinia

1. The apartments had prime position next to the piste (see it on Google piste view) – really Ski out – Ski in. Fantastic view over the village and Matterhorn. 

2. Across the piste was the After ski bar.

3. The first day, Sunday, was very foggy and the visability was at a minimum. First run Mickey turned left at #13 and I didn’t see him and the rest of us turned right at #7. Waited long time at the bottom but no Mickey – NERVOUS!! Guess he didn’t bring the phone since he didn’t answer…
Went up again took #13. – no Mickey – VERY NERVOUS!! Went to the ticket office. They were VERY kind and helpful and tracked Mickey via the ski pass and he checked in at the Plateau Rosa ski lift…I waited… and waited. Mickey had apparently decided to go from the very top station all the way down. WAS I GLAD TO SEE HIM AGAIN !! 

4. Cervinia have many very nice slopes. One morning after a night of snowing, #6 was fantastic for carving.

5. Last part of Thursday afternoon was spent on #22. Lots of snow and secluded – FANTASTIC!!

6. Last supper at Hotel Astoria (next to the ticket office and lift station). Our host Angelo served a delicious menu. If you are in the neighbour hood, try the lunch here as well.  

 Image gallery:

Sharm el Sheikh, Egypt, 2012

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Week #44, 2012, autumn holiday for Swedish schools, Mickey and I went to Sharm el Sheikh in Egypt. The holiday theme was snorkeling in the Red Sea.
The Maritim Golf Resort We traveled with Atlantisrejser and stayed at Jolie Ville Maritim Golf Hotel & Resort. A very nice resort located on the edge to the Red Sea and 15 min bus ride from the airport and approx 7 km north of Naama Bay.
Hotel jetty
The resort doesn’t have a “normal” beach. It has a couple of jetties sticking out over the coral reef and end at the reef wall. A stair leads down to a fantastic underwater world.
The "beach" The “beach” area is built up in levels with beach beds and umbrellas. It’s a rustique, marine like style that I found suited the area well.High heels and other walking obsticales could be a challenge with many stairs, sand and cobble stone.
Underwater world I was surprised that even since the hotel was from ’97 the reef was ok “healthy” with lots of colorful fish and coral. A life guard on each jetty was also efficient to whistle when people didn’t behave and went outside marked area etc.
Mickey snorkeling The actual reef is a approx 8 m deep wall. We saw lots of different fish along the 200 m, incl. Lionfish, Napoleon fish, Bannerfish etc.
Lazy River The pool area was big with a “lazy river”, a 300 m long “river” that was “running” in a circle around the pool area.
Naama Bay We took the hotel shuttle bus to Naama Bay one afternoon and walked around the main street and board walk.Very loud and busy with the different bars competing who could play the worst music as loud as possible. The Egyptian sales men are VERY eager and like glue to you. Learned that you shouldn’t even say “no thank you” insted totally ignore them…Had dinner at restaurant Dannaneer, that was recommended by the guide. Nice and cheap steaks.
Jeep safari Tuesday was Jeep safari. Offroad through the dessert with an exciting driver that preffered the off offroad.First stop was a Bedouin graveyard where the guide, Rasmus, told some stories. For instance how marriage works: From when the daughter is 13 years old, the father puts a green flag on the door. Interested men visit the home. The daughter make and serve tea to the man. If the tea is sweet he is approved, if the tea is bitter and strong it’s a “no go”…
Dahab Second stop was Dahab where we should pick up snorkeling gear to the ones that didn’t had any.These houses the government built for the Bedouins some 4 years ago. Many of the Bedouins prefer to live their own life in tents and home made sheds like they always had. Half of the houses are empty and the area is not finished and looks like some sort of ghost town.
Camel ride
camel scarf
Third stop was a camel ride to the Blue Hole.One of the myths about camels is that the camel stores water in its hump. The truth is the hump is a fatty deposit that provides energy when food is scarce.The camel stores water in its blood stream. It’s capable of losing forty percent of its body’s weight before becoming distressed and is able to go five to seven days before having to drink. The amount it drinks can add up to 80 l. in about 10 minutes.The camel’s mouth is tough and rubbery so that thorns and branches won’t damage it. The thirty-four sharp teeth allow it to bite off tough bites of almost anything, and when forage is short a camel can subsist on meats, skin and bones. Camels have three stomachs. They don’t chew their food but eat by swallowing their food whole and allowing it to be partially digested by the stomachs before being chewed as a cud later.
 The Blue Hole The Blue Hole is a very special place. I thought it was out in the sea but no, it’s just a couple of meters off the beach. A coral reef formed as a circle with a 120 meter hole in the middle.In the middle there is a rope across where free divers train and try to get as deep as possible. Some succed some doesn’t. On the cliff wall there are signs with the names of the ones that didn’t come up again and is still lying on the bottom of the hole. It’s has the nickname “Diver’s Cemetery”.We passed the signs and walked around the cliff on the image. There we started the snorkel tour. Ended with circle the Blue Hole and on the right side there is a underwater plateau that was beautiful.
The 3 Pools Last stop on this adventures day was The 3 Pools just out side Dahab. also here the reef was just of the beach. One of our favorites was the “tower corals”. Highrise coral reef sticking up from the bottom. Lots of activity and fantastic colors.
Gordon Reef Thursday we went on a snorkel/diving boat trip with Colona Divers. Leaving early in the morning to Sharks Bay were we entered the boat that should take us out to 3 different reefs in the Tiran straight.This image is from Gordon reef where this russian ship collided with the reef some 11 years ago coz the captain had too much vodka.We also visited Jackson reef and Raz Gamilla. At the last one we had a drift snorkel tour that  was a fantastic experience. We jumped from the boat at one end of the reef while the boat still was drifting. The current took us floating along the reef for an hour and all we had to do was to “steer” so we didn’t hit the reef. We saw Barracuda, free swimming Moray eel (apparently very unusual), giant Puffer fish and lots of other fish.

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Video from the Jeep Safari

Slide show

Great Barrier Reef

AustraliaThe technicolor Garden of Eden. This seaward barrier which stretches along the northeastern coast of Australia is the largest complex of coral reefs in the world. It has more than 2.900 individual reefs and about 900 ilands, including small, bare sand cays and many continental islands. It covers an area half the size of Texas.
(Visit 1989)

 

 

400 types of coral
400 types of coral. Photo: IngO

The Reef is home of an astonishing diversity and abundance of life forms. there are about 400 different types of hard and soft corals, about 4.000 molluscs (clams, snails and their kin), and thousands of different sponges, worms, crustaceans (crabs, shrimps and their relatives), echinoderms (starfish, sea urchins, sea cucumbers and their relatives) and other, less familiar, creatures. This immense variety of invertebrate life forms provides a backdrop to some 1.500 species of fish of all descriptions.  
Whitetip reefshark
Whitetip Reefshark. Photo: IngO
The Reef is also the breeding area for a number of rare and endangered animal species. Humpback whales come from Antarctic to give birth to their young in Reef waters. Six of the world’s seven species of sea turtle breed on the Reef, and dugong (manatees) make thier home among the sheltered seagrass beds.
For some people the Great Barrier Reef is their livelihood. Reef waters, which support an abundance of fish and seafood, sustain an important commercial fishing industry in Queensland.
The Reef region is one of Australia’s major tourist destinations. The advent of high-speed, large-capacity catamarans now provides tourists with access to areas of the Reef which were once only visited by a privileged few. Whether snorkeling, diving or catching a fish for the family table, the Reef is a marvellous place for recreation. magnetic island
Magnetic Island, one of 900. Photo: Vibe

Golden Plover

Golden Plover. Photo: Vibe

For shipping or pleasure craft, the Great Barrier Reef can be a formidable obstacle to navigation. In most places the Reef is many kilometres from the coast, but the waters within the outer barrier are also studded with submerged shoals and reefs. Added to this are strong trade winds and occasional cyclones which are characteristic of the region. Sailing the Barrier Reef is often a test of navigational skill.

Danger To scientists, the Reef is a place of never- ending fascination. They study its weather, its water currents, its geology, its chemistry and its plants and animals, in an attempt to discover how this amazing system works.