Shack is back to work so we chilling for a couple of days in Aqaba. On Sunday The Kid did homework by the pool while I read until about 1 pm and after that we went for a walk to buy supplies for the room- local side for nuts, a shwarma, water and red bull and the tourist side for some beer to put in the fridge.
Here in Jordan, your legal documents like birth and marriage certificates, national ID cards are stamped with your religion and only Christians can sell liquor. Here in Aqaba liquor stores tend to be on the tourist side of town and are all owned and operated by Jordanian Christians. This is also a duty free zone so the alcohol is much cheaper than in Petra or Amman. Big hotels can sell alcohol with food and the odd tourist restaurant but outside the big hotels, you will be hard pressed to find a glass of wine or beer with your meal. It's actually quite refreshing to be in a touristy place that is devoid of drunk people even if there are times I would kill for an ice cold beer to wash down my falafel.
Bernice Beach Club
Monday we checked out the Bernice Beach Club. It seems that all of the nicer hotels that don't have their own private beaches have a deal with this place and you can hop on a free shuttle thT takes you there and back. In our case we had to pay 7JD per person because they said the movie Shack is working on was given the corporate rate and it's not free.
It's amazing how irate people get over having a big bottle of water confiscated. This place won't let you bring in ANYTHING to eat or drink to force you to spend your tourist dollars on their over priced food and drink, much like Canada's Wonderland etc but there are no drinking fountains or anything here. You either cough up a few bucks for a small bottle of water or die of dehydration.
I do think it would go a long way, PR wise, to allow people at least one bottle of water in their bag, but, whatever. It's a nice facility, cleaner than the public beach ( they do love their litter lol) and I can wear a bathing suit. Woot!
I do wish I had been told to bring water shoes as well- the beach is all rocky and rough and it looked like the bottom of the sea was rocky all the way out. If we go back another day we will have to get some shoes but the water was warm and clear as a bell. I would like to try again since today was uncharacteristicly overcast and cool so neither of us really wanted to swim. I thought it didn't rain in the desert?
I think we will just chill for the next couple of days and then Wednesday the two of us are off on another adventure. I booked us on a day trip to Faroun Island (Pharoah Island) in the Red Sea just off the coast of Egypt for Wednesday and we are pretty stoked. We had to leave our passports so the tour group could take care of the Egyptian visas needed but they don't entitle us to enter the mainland, only the island, which is just off shore.