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March 9, 2015

Egypt – March 2015

Filed under: privat,travel — Tags: , — mat @ 3:45 pm

yeah finally again back at our favorite hotel in Egypt, the Citadel Azur at Sahl Haaschesch. Luxury rooms and a relaxed stay as expected. Special thanks goes to Isabel from guest relations. Great job since many years. Even people ask stupid questions like “we would like to have German language speaking staff…” (in German of course …) Please stay at home ….


March 6, 2012


Filed under: privat,travel — Tags: , — mat @ 8:21 am

Guys believe it or not but finally we´re on vacation. I felt tired during last weeks. Overloaded from a heavy workload. No time for rest and recreation. Never felt before that a timeout is so needful. Now we´re in Egypt again. Same hotel like 2 yrs ago and to be serious it´s great. Hotel is booked only with 50 % of the main capacity and the crowd become more international it seems to me. Not only russian people even from Switzerland, France (*sic*) and I saw a chinese couple as well. And because it´s our second time here (and they remember the nightmare we had two yrs ago…) we´re treated as V.I.Ps which is not that bad :) Weather is nice 24 °C and sun all day but a little bit windy. Anyway. The usual holiday business was started. Means sleep, eat and sports. Tennis in the morning (if it´s not too windy, gym at afternoon) I slept 11 hrs the first night. Without awaken during the night. Haven´t this since month.
And yesterday was my birthday. Now I´m 45 yrs and what does it mean ? Let´s see. My wife says I´m young enough but I guess she said it only for fishing compliments *g* I received a lot of mails and PNs and text messages from my friends and buddies so thank you very much and we´ll have for sure a nice party at our place @home when we´re back and german weather is good enough for BBQ and having some beers.

November 17, 2010

Hurghada – as it should be

Filed under: travel — Tags: , — mat @ 3:37 pm

We got a pretty nice room, a bottle of champaign and a fruit plate was well as free massage voucher and a late checkout. Room is perfect, ways not too long. Yesterday we went out for dinner to a brazilian restaurant and had nice food, a good bottle of white wine and after having dinner we had the champaign as well at our terrace. (Yes we also have a private terrace *g*). That´s what we expected from the beginning. Anyway. We´ve a couple of days left for relaxing and get the deserved rest. Now it feels like vacation….mat_poolpoolsidedemonstrated by a famous austrian guy named Frank
Update: unfortunately I got a diarrhoea on the last day :( Not sure if I´ld like to go to Egypt again…..

November 16, 2010

Hurghada – story continues…

Filed under: privat,travel — Tags: , , , — mat @ 6:48 am

So I know some guys read the last entry. Yesterday when I came back from a tennis match Mandy was starring at me like a ghost. I asked her what´s going on and she told me that she is sick. *sigh* The revenge of the pharao got her. Horrible. Went to the doctor (he´s inside the hotel, fortunately…) and he applied a injection and gave her capsules. At least 80 € to pay but she felt better this morning. To be serious this will be our last rip to that country. I had a chat with the general manager on duty (an european guy) and he tried to explain me but all I want from him was the promise that we´ll get a nice and clean room today. So guy cross your fingers on that and I´ll keep you updated as usual…..

November 15, 2010

Hurghada, Egypt – chaos as never expected

Filed under: privat,travel — Tags: , , — mat @ 8:19 am

What a horrible day! We arrived in time, got luggage and went to bus station. Small van, only 4 people going to that hotel, at least the to girls went to another one. We´re happy. But than… hotel staff told the travel agent, they´re fully booked. Ok to remain you, journey booked 6 weeks ago and already paid. What´s going on here ? Ok, they offered us 2 options. Another 5 star hotel or the hole week on a boot which is anchored at the lagoon. Damned shit , what the hell they´re talking about ? So we went to the other hotel. To make the long story short, it was a crappy shitty dirty place. Just under construction, dirty uncleaned rooms. People were laying at the lobby coz they don´t want to check in. That time we met a friendly and almost honorable austrian couple and at this point we did not know that is the beginning of a ride nowhere. A travel agent told us he´s not longer responsible for us and turned back. I called a local travel agency number but no one was able to provide a solution. So we went back to the original hotel and placed ourself into the lobby. We got several offers what to do but no suggestions which we would really wanna take. We discussed, called, Mandy was crying, I was in an angry mood, Frank and Marlene were frustrated as well, nobody knows what to do and how to act and react. We talked to officials and non-officials. At least we impend to give the story to the press, inform broadcast stations and bloggers. It wasn´t possible to talk to the hotel manager himself but we guess that something must wrong between travel agency and hotel from the past. We found many explanations but at least we didn´t know. After 10 hours travel agency send someone who was able to make a decision. So they offered us to stay 2 days on the boat and the (with a granted 100 % guarantee) move to a room and providing some additional services to us like free massage, late check-out for free and so on. We accepted and after a really hard 36 hours ride we made it. It was a horrible trip and we felt tired as never felt before. Or no often before. For me like doing business and negotiating with customers even I was a customer at this time. And it´s so tricky to deal with arab people, as you might know. So but now let´s start for our vacation.

November 12, 2010

Vacation – going to Egypt

Filed under: privat,travel — Tags: , — mat @ 10:16 pm

To keep you guys updated… tomorrow starts our vacation. First time that we´ll be together for a whole week since Sri Lanka, which was in Feb/March this year. Really looking forward to spent this week in Egypt. Actually we decided last year after being there that we wouldn´t go again to egypt. But if you´re looking for a place in a short distance by plane with sun, more than 25°C and comfortable staying Egypt is preferred. So I´ll send some pictures even you´ll hate me for :) have a nice time….

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