After relatives had told good stories about Egypt, it was time to go check it out myself. I hadn't been on a proper summer holiday in about ten years, so it was nice to be able to just lie in the sun on the beach for a day or ten. We stayed at the Maritim Jolie Ville Resort & Casino in Sharm el Sheik. A fine hotel, but next time I'll probably chose one with a shorter name, because you have to fill in a dozen cards to get into the country. We also had to stand in front of heat cameras to make sure we weren't infected by the Mexican flu (or some other kind of illness). We didn't suntan all the time however. At night we also did some other activities. Like going out for supper (and not just to the KFC either), playing pool, enjoying the streetlife from a cosy cafe and karting.
Indeed, Sharm el Sheikh has a kart track. And not a crappy one either, but a world class facility, where also official FIA races are held. We had to wait awhile before we could drive, because first a private group of Russian ladies had a race. This was entertaining to watch however, because they crashed out of the track left and right. I was starting to get a little worried, but once I got in the kart myself it was obvious that the karts and the track weren't the problem of all the spins and collisions.
Before we got in the kart, we had a briefing sessions, we were helped in our overalls and helmets (including taking care of our glasses) and we got our photograph taken. Not just once, but like true paparazzi we were followed around all the time. The pictures would be burned on a cd which we could buy afterwards. It was ridiciously expensive, but a nice souvenir. The track wasn't very difficult, but had some challenging corners. Especially the first one after start/finish, which could be taken full-throttle. And with all the speed gained braking for the next bend was interesting as well. Once I missed a braking point (a palm tree alongside the track), but I just managed to avoid the barrier. It was also fun to drive over the kerbstones, although there wasn't really any need to do so. In the end I was way faster than the Russians and also beat my fellow competitor, but more importantly I had enjoyed it immensely. It was a nice conclusion to a great holiday.