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By Pauline M
On October 31, 2015 a flight from Sharm el-Sheikh to St. Petersburg crashed in North Sinai suspected to have been a terrorist act, killing 224. This was not the first incident that makes Sharm el-Shiekh infamous. In 2004 a Boeing 737-300 crashed into the Red Sea shortly after take-off killing all 135 passengers. In 2005 Sharm el-Sheikh saw a series of terrorist attacks that killed 88 people and injured 200.
These incidents, however, cannot mar my fond memories of Sharm el-Shiekh.
I often refer to Sharm el-Shiekh as Egypt's Goa and that stands true on so many counts – the weather which is warm and boasts of the warmest winter night temperatures of cities and resorts in Egypt, the beaches and water sports facilities, the large dependency on tourism and finally, the fun factor and nightlife.
My visit to Sharm el-Shiekh was unplanned. I had a week scheduled for what Egypt is most famous for…Cairo, Luxor, Alexandria. I just hadn't realised how depressing it would all be…the focus on death and after-life that the Egyptian's past so stressed on. So when someone mentioned Sharm el-Shiekh, off I went for a much-needed break. No plans, no expectations.
One of the biggest plus points of Sharm el-Shiekh are the number of hotel brands that are available and for very inviting prices. Five-star accommodation for less than INR 5000 per night is enough to convert depression to joy. The beaches are beautiful, water pristine, shopping cheap, nightlife charged and because I went there in July – August, mostly tourists from Europe. Days were spent leisurely on the beach and nights, out clubbing. The only regret I had was that I didn't go diving, snorkelling or windsurfing though given that some tourists have been known to have been injured and even killed by shark attacks, I can hardly hold on to that regret for long.
Tragic incidents aside, Sharm el-Shiek was unadulterated fun for me and my mother, who was extremely glad to have known I was at Sinia given the Biblical reference, gladly gave her blessings for an additional week off.
Check in next week to read of another of my Top 5 Glad To Have Travelled To place.
Carrie Bradshaw said "When I first moved to New York. I'd buy Vogue instead of dinner. I felt it fed me more".
Pauline M buys dinner.
An IIM Alumni who spent years in the corporate world living the jet set life, Pauline returned to her home town Shillong to think, to feel, to catch her breath. And of course, relish her dinner.