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At 6:00 PM
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Sunrise (local): 6:32 a.m.
Sunset (local): 4:49 p.m.
78°F sunny
Traveled Since Dec. 2
22 mi / 35 km

1320 mi / 2126 km
Lat: 30° 51' 13" N
Lon: 32° 18' 31" E
Elev: 161 ft / 49 m

[Webmaster's note: This dispatch covers the days from December 3 to December 4. The almanac data refers to December 4.]

Fast Facts

Where We Are: Qantara click to view a map
Where We're Staying: "Grand Hotel"
Places We Visited: Crocodile Lake
Featured Site: Suez Canal
Person of the Day: Eastern Egypt Police
What We Ate:
Food of the Day: balille (pronounced "ba-leel")
Breakfast: pastries, pastries, and more pastries
Lunch: ta'amiyya and fuul sandwiches
Dinner: a blinding panorama of small dishes
Olive Count: 1184
Word of the Day: Qannaat El-sowees click to hear an audio clip means "Suez Canal" in Egyptian Arabic.
Tech Fact of the Day: In 1997, each ship payed an average of US$70,000 dollars for the right to pass through the canal and today the canal earns Egypt over US$2 billion annually.
Flat Count (Cumulative): 3
Broken Spoke Count (Cumulative): 19
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