Thursday 11:10 am. I enter the AK Naggar Shipping office in Alexandria. A very friendly lady asks me when I could leave. 'Immediately!' I say. For 300 USD she promises me a berth on a vessel leaving Port Said Saturday morning at 8. She gives me her card and contact information for Naggar's Port Said office. It's Ramadan. Most offices open late and close early. And I have just spent the better part of the past two days running round town trying to secure a passage on a ship going from Egypt to Europe.
August 02, 2012. Arriving in Alexandria I have returned to the Mediterranean almost 300 days after crossing the Strait of Gibraltar. Three days of running around and trying to find passage into Europe have eaten up all but a faint memory of my vacation in Dahab. In the end I settled for a RoPax* ship that sails on Saturday from Port Said to Mersin.