Nuweiba, Sinai: a beautiful place unlike anything I’ve ever seen before; a forgotten gem of the old world ruled by nomad families; an unlikely paradise that seems straight out of my dreams.
It was a spontaneous decision to leave Tel Aviv for a few days, our sense of adventure beckoning us to see what lay beyond the border. First stop, Eilat. Then straight on to a trip I will never forget.
Sinai is widely known to be a dangerous place, but the instant we crossed the border, any sense of anxiety melted away into a distant memory. Hila, Sasha and I immediately fell in love with our new home. We shared a simple cabin made of bamboo, locally known as a ‘husha’; swung freely in woven hammocks all day long; ate fresh homemade food served right to our doorstep – otherwise we could eat seated on the colourful carpets and cushions in the traditional Bedouin-style dining place. A refreshing stay, no doubt, but perhaps the most relaxing part was being able to stare into the blue; releasing all the noises that dwell inside our minds.
The next two days were spent moving around, stopping sporadically to explore the landscapes and the breathtaking nature while we were shooting. It was hard to take it all in at times, everywhere you looked you knew there was something more to discover. But when travelling the Sinai Peninsula, one can not miss the Blue Lagoon. An almost meditative experience, the waters are so light and so smooth. A backdrop of ashy browns, cool greys and light blues might not seem the most interesting, but you start to really see the beauty in the simplicity and the calm.
All in all, these 3 days have given me a chance to reflect without the outside stresses of the modern world. I have come home, enriched with new understandings of life:
– Be unafraid, open and curious to the new – broaden your perspective of the world.
– Immerse yourself in cultures that are foreign to you – experience life as a local would and not how the media has portrayed it.
– à la Vivienne Westwood: buy less. Modern life has become far too material – we really don’t need much in life. Be understanding of yourself and of others – cooperation and empathy should be the basis of a social democracy.
Many thanks to out amazingly warm and kind-hearted hosts, and to the locals for welcoming us with such openness and kindness!
Photography — Hila Shyer & Sasha Prilutsky