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Nov 1, 2007 - Baharayia to Alexandria

We left Baharayia at 6am for Cairo on a very smelly old bus, the front and back doors of the bus kept flying open as we drove down the highway so suffice it to say it was anything but relaxing, also there was no A/C so you can only imagine how hot the bus got with the sun blasting all through the 5 hr ride. We arrived in Cairo and to our surprise, the bus dropped us off in the middle of the street instead of the station downtown. We found ourselves in the suburb of Giza at 1230pm hot, tired and carrying our very heavy packs. Thankfully...

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Oct 29, 2007 - Depart Cairo for the Desert

Ok so we left stinky old Cairo, heading west to the desert. We got there after a bus ride that was actually quite comfortable and only a little smelly. The little family run hotel we stayed at, turned out to be quite sweet little spot, the owner and his family fell in love with Chris and I and invited us to return and next time stay with them at their home. After a nice relaxing day, spent driving around the Oasis on a Tuc Tuc, which is a three wheeled motorcycle with a crazy passanger cab, we set off early in the morning in a back of a 4x4...

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May 20, 2007 - White Desert-Baharia

The oasis towns were very small, but indeed seem out of place as we were driving through the desert. In Bahariya oasis we stayed at the Western Desert Hotel, across from the Popular Restaurant - the only place that sold alcohol. Apparently alcohol is very difficult to come by in Egypt, and perhaps impossible to find in the oasis otherwise. I don't usually drink that much, but for some reason or another (perhaps because of the heat) I craved a good beer at the end of the day. It was a refreshing change from the usual water and coke I guess....

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Absolute Egypt

Sep 22, 2006 - The Million Star Hotel

I had a change of plans after returning to Cairo. I had planned on going to Alexandria and then trying to make my way to Siwa Oasis, but my first morning back, I had breakfast with an Australian woman, Colleen, who had just returned from Bahriya Oasis. She raved and raved about what a wonderful experience it had been. She then told me that Mustafa, the owner of the Lialy Hostel where I stay in Cairo, had arranged her entire 3 week itenarary for her including the trip to Bahriya. It can be difficult in Egypt to purchase train or bus tickets...

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Eileen's Grand Tour

Feb 11, 2006 - Bahariyya Oasis

Hey everyone! Well, the good news of the weekend trip is that I finally got a little sun. I mean, that really is the reason I came to Egypt in the first place. Besides my slightly-pinkish-soon-to-be-tan face, the Oasis trip was really a good time, and a great break from Cairo. Bahariyya Oasis is located southwest of Cairo in the middle of the Sahara. Two other American study abroad girls and myself hopped on a bus 8am Friday morning to head to Bawiti, the main town in Bahariyya. We took the last three seats on the bus, which was good...

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A Cairenian Semester

Jan 31, 2006 - De ciertos desiertos

Salaam!!! Animados por el panbolero grito de guerra de Si se puede!, nos aventuramos a tomar el autobus a Bahariya para llegar al desierto. Aunque nuestro futuro se mostraba incierto, el espiritu de aventura pudo mas. El primer logro del dia fue que en la tiendita de la estacion nos rebajaran unas galletas saladas de 5 libras a 3.50, lo cual seguramente fue un robo de todos modos, pero un avance enorme en materia de regateo. Cairo parece no terminar nunca, despues de una hora y media de camino la mancha urbana se extendia, negandose a...

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Nov 26, 2005 - Bahariyya Oasis - Black and White Desert

26.11 (KtH) After a 6.20am wake up and a 7am breakfast we boarded the 8am bus headed to Bawiti in the Bahariyya Oasis. We had booked a tour with the hostel to visit the White and Black deserts. We could have done it ourselves, but with our limited time and lack of motivation for hard work, we decided to take the easy option. Unfortunately the tour didn't provide private transport. We still had to catch a public bus. We are really sick of bus travel now. Apart from not having enough room and uncomfortable seats, there is only so much...

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Nov 11, 2005 - Once a town for Mecca-bound pilgrims

Kate, (my new friend from mashechesuts...sp) and I arrived at the Bayariyya Oasis.. a town that looks like someone came along, got angry and ripped all the roofs of the houses.. donkeys in the street carrying produce and men walking around in drab coloured dressed with scarves wrapped around their heads.. no "mzungu's" but lots of hello's and welcomes... will I ever miss the infamous mzungu?? prob not.. but maybe.. we decided to take a trip into the desert and spend the night .. we joined a tour.. wasn't really sure what to expect but, it...

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Oct 22, 2005 - Camping under the stars in the white desert

I was happy to see Ahmir working this morning and not Mr. Ramadan as he was helpful with getting me a taxi to the bus station and letting me know how much it should cost. Taxis are tricky here since there are no meters and the custom is not to talk about the price beforehand, you just get in and pay when you get out as it's assumed you should know how much it costs. This works well with Egyptians but for foreigners we have big money signs for eyeballs to most taxi drivers so when you pay they usually demand more money, way more than what...

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Kristy's World Tour!

Dec 12, 2004 - Desert Oasis

I booked myself onto a 3 day, 2 night, jaunt into the desert Oasis of Bahariyya (spelling?). 4 hour bus ride was none-to-interesting, nothing but sand, sand and the occasional rock (what was I expecting right?). Spent first night in Bawiti (small Oasis town) and after endless helpings of tea, I managed a three hour hike round the hills, palm groves and desert. Checked out a British WWI ruined fortress atop a nearby hill, and played hide and seek with the desert foxes for a while. Day 2 we were out 4WDing down the tarmack highway (bit of a...

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Nils Travels 2004

Dec 10, 2004 - The Black Desert

Somewhere about 30 miles north of the White Desert it suddenly turns into the Black Desert, the limestone and clay formations disappear and the Desert becomes a glittery, ashy black. It is predominately granite with quartz crystals strewn across the desert floor, making it quite a spectacular contrast to the White Desert. After staying one night in the Bahariyya Oasis at an interesting "camp," it was back to Cairo to wait for the arrival of my mystery Alaska guest who will be here in a few days. I am looking forward to just doing a little...

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