Siwa at last

Siwa Travel Blog

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Left Alex at 8 this morning after haggling with yet another taxi driver this time got him down by
50% so am quite happy with myself. It’s the day of our epic 850 km bus ride into the Sahara today

to the oasis of Siwa. We are both looking forward to getting there but not to the 8 hour bus ride.

Traffic over here is really scary we thought one was bad but this is far, far worse. On the trip

down we passed El Al Emain but no chance to stop. When we finally arrived we checked into the

nearest random hotel. Bit of a dump but at least we have a private bathroom and to be honest I

think we are the only guests they have since we are 850km off the tourist trail. Siwa is a big

change from the big cities of Cairo and Alex, when a car overtakes another in Egypt they have to

beep the horn to warn the other driver that they are being overtaken but here there are no cars in

the town, donkey cart seems their most common form of transport, even though we were offered

free use of the one eyed hotel owners motorbike I managed to resist but tomorrow may be

another story. Have not had chance to update the blog much due to lack of internet over here but

found a place in town we should be able to get a connection. Off to bed now up early with the

Morning Prayer and all that and to climb the mountain of the dead, will tell you about it if we make

it out alive.

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