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the Villa Kunterbunt, Arabia Hotel, Hurghada
... the premier restaurant
With A .... Viorel!
by Mark Baker
In our quest to find "interesting"
residents of Egypt, this weeks' personality
(following closely on the heels of Oscar the
camel who featured in Issue I) is Viorel Mindu.
Viorel has probably experienced more in the
last 10 years than anyone else you've recently
graduating from High School in Romania, Viorel joined
Romania's only aviation school, with the intention
of realising his dream of becoming a qualified pilot.
Unfortunately, he soon found out that, with only 40
much sought after places a year, it was who you knew
and not your ability, that secured a pilot's licence
and a well paid job at the end. However, as compensation,
he did secure his gliding pilot's licence, but after
becoming disillusioned with the course, he left the
school and joined the Romanian Special Forces.
In Budapest at the start of the Revolution in 1989
his unit was called in by the Dictator, President
Ceausescu, to act as body guards in Ceausescu's last
desperate attempt to escape the country and the people
that were calling for his head. This same unit was
then responsible for what subsequently befell Ceausescu.
During his time with the Special Forces he became
a highly qualified Skydiving Instructor and he once
held the Romanian altitude record for the highest
parachute jump - a jump from 7,500 metres, involving
3 minutes of free fall! After leaving the Special
Forces he then used the skills he had learnt to become
a Stuntman, becoming an expert in horse riding, gymnastics,
fighting with all sorts of weapons, and falling off
high buildings, this being the scariest and hardest
stunt he says he had to learn. As he explains, "The
skill to knowing how to fall off buildings is knowing
how to hit the "ground" - no matter how
high you fall or however you start your fall, you
must learn to twist and time your fall so that that
you land on your back. If you should land on your
front you would be in extreme danger of snapping your
spine as your body folded backwards on impact!"
A promising career in James Bond films did not beckon
as it is customary for stuntmen to complete a full
year of unpaid apprentice work before having the chance
to secure any on-screen work. Lack of funds lead Viorel
to set up a garage with his father and brother, where
he learnt his mechanical and electrical skills which
he uses today. However, their hard work and success
brought no rewards, as the country's serious economic
difficulties meant their business was taxed at 60%.
Viorel took up diving after being introduced to it
by a friend, and after 2 years of diving in mountain
lakes and the polluted Black Sea, he became a qualified
Divemaster and came to Hurghada in 2000 to complete
his Instructor exam. Viorel has always been fascinated
with Egypt thanks to TV and after many problems gaining
a visa, he found he was back in Hurghada full-time.
He is now happy working as a Technician, diving and
instructing as and when needed, and as he puts it,
"I get to mess around with compressors and boat
engines in a hot place with no closed season".
Viorel can be found about town and at Moby Dick, one
of his favourite watering holes.
you know anyone as interesting as Viorel? If so, please
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Soon ... Karate/Self-Defence Summer Classes
karate club Intensive
training for adults Women's
fitness and self defence
Watch out for start dates in this Newsletter
Friends - Puppies for Adoption
gorgeous puppies for adoption - their mother is
a mixed breed: Mastiff, German Shepard and Great
Dane. She is well trained and obedient. We want
to give the puppies to concerned animal lovers
free of charge, although we would encourage the
owners to give a small donation to Animal Friends.
Contact: Susanne 012 253 0063 or Renate 065 444605.
& Costume Party at Villa Kunterbunt, Hurghada.
childrens carnival & costume party is being
held at the Villa Kunterbunt, Arabia Hotel, Hurghada
on Saturday 1st March from 1pm-5pm.
Bring your children along dressed up as witches,
wizards, cowboys and clowns. There will be games,
dancing and creative paints. Prizes will be given
for the best costumes! Children 10LE & adults
20LE-includes a snack buffet. Contact: Sandra Refaat
444701 or Barbara Bordiehn
012 325 1599.
Clean Up - El Gouna
In January 2003 the El Gouna community established 'Green
Gouna' to launch El Gouna as an eco-tourism destination
and to educate staff, visitors and residents on how
to conserve the flora and fauna of the land and sea
in and surrounding El Gouna.
first big event to be held by Green Gouna is a Beach
Clean Up, which will take place on Sunday 2nd
March and will start in front of the old Club
further information about this event please email: email@example.com
& Kids Guide
5 Hotel & Beach Resort, Hurghada.
Golden 5 Hotel & Beach Resort is an "interesting"
hotel to take the children to, as it provides the
chance to ride on a train, play in a playground
located directly on the beach and ... take a ride
in a cable car! The cable car runs from the hotel
down to the beach (and back) and costs 10LE per
adult. If you take the cable car from the hotel
you first need to purchase your ticket from reception,
then take the lift to the very top of
the hotel, and here you will find the cable car.
However, a word of warning - hold onto your children
tightly! The barriers at the top of the hotel may
not prevent a boisterous and determined youngster
from trying to climb over or through them. Another
word of warning - there are NO barriers whatsoever
where the cable car is located! After much fiddling
of buttons, the cable car eventually gets under
way and the first few minutes, when it leaves the
safety of the hotel, are very scary! However, after
you discover that it moves at a snails pace, boredom
can set in. Bring a picnic along to pass the time
and if you're scared of heights, give it a miss!
Packard Deskjet 690C Colour Photo Printer.
250 LE. Please contact : Margaret Guenena 065
442566 or 012 381 2137. Hurghada.
Seaquest Balance Wings, Integrated BCD.
Good condition. $150 o.n.o. Please contact:
Lisa or Paul
012 718 1297. Hurghada.
Technisub open heel fins.
Orange. $20. Please contact: Lisa or Paul 012
718 1297. Hurghada.
pocket weight belt,
size m-l, 5 pockets. Good as new. $25 o.n.o.
Please contact: Lisa or Paul
012 718 1297. Hurghada.
in quiet building and in central location. A/C,
satellite TV, telephone & balcony. Please
contact : 012 227 9135. Hurghada.
to work part-time (afternoons), leading to full-time,
in British run nursery. Must speak good English.
Please contact : Sue 065 447314. Hurghada.
interested in a streetdance
/ aerobics classes? Drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Would love to get this class started!
to teach Arabic to a small group for 2 hours per
week. Please contact: Mark. Hurghada. 012 718 6276
condition, second hand car/jeep.
Please contact : Mark. Hurghada. 012 718 6276
French Tutor for evening
sessions. Please contact Anja by e-mail: email@example.com
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