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Nov 2, 2013 - Visit to the pyramids

Security update.... While we have not had an incident there obviously is a concern for tourist safety. Our tour company has arranged an armed security guard to travel with us in the van when we are in more volatile areas. When we stop he gets out and follows us into the site. When arriving at the hotels, all vehicles are checked by explosive sniffing dogs and before entering the lobby we always walk through metal detectors. Same for museums. Around every government office or important building there are soldiers in tanks and armored...

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Oct 31, 2013 - Western Sahara desert....50kms from Libya

As I am wring this we have been in Egypt 5 days. In this short time I have 2 observations. Neither of them complimentary so I will just tell you now and move on. Egypt and especially the city of Cairo is absolutely filthy. I don't think they have invented the adjective that adequately portrays how dirty it is. There is garbage everywhere. Streets, sidewalks even the freeways resemble landfills. It looks like everyone just dumps their garbage wherever they want. Rusted out vehicles without wheels litter the roadways and no one takes the...

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Jan 5, 2013 - Parte 4 - Siwa, um oasis no deserto!

Apos uma longa viagem de onibus para Marsa Matruh (quase 10 horas), pegamos mais 3 horas de viagem num carro particular. Chegamos em Siwa no finalzinho da tarde, depois de 13 horas de viagem e tres paradas em alguns postos de controle militar. Siwa, para mim, eh um lugar que, de fato, foi esquecido no tempo. Apesar de ter internet (ainda q em apenas um ponto da cidade – pelo menos so conseguimos em um cafe, pois teve uma sandstorm (tempestade de areia) dois dias antes de chegarmos, que acabou com todos os pontos de internet da cidade)....

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Feb 1, 2012 - Day 14 of our trip

We are in Siwa again today and are visitng a mud-brick fort . After that we are biking to the Mountain of the Dead (which will proabaly result in at least one injury for me!) and then the Temple of the Oracle. After that we are free on our own and have the option to take a dip in Cleopatra's Bath. In the afternoon we are going on a Siwa Grand Safari to visit dunes, cold and hot springs, fossils, and see the sunset while on the dunes. We may even do some sandboarding (which will result in more injuries for me!).

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Egypt Trip 2012

Nov 19, 2010 - Siwa - a few of my favourite springs!

We spend our last few days in Egypt chilling out in the western desert. Siwa is one of the three oases in the western desert in the middle of the sand sea out toward the libyan border. The oasis is about 80km in length and 20km wide, and contains one of Egypt’s most isolated settlements, where the ethnic Berbers live. Historically, Oasis was a stopping point for the caravans that made there was across the desert, and is known to have been settled since at least the 10th millennium BC. Siwa is ringed by salt lakes and amazing sand dunes and...

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Unexpected Egypt

Feb 14, 2010 - When you think of the desert...

We spent 12 hours on a bus to arrive at an oasis in the desert. Thursday morning we went to Ismael's home and learned about Siwi culture. Ismael is a friend of MESP in Cairo and he's from Siwa. Siwi culture is very different from the rest of Egyptian culture. Alexander the Great visited the oracle there on his conquest. The women are completely covered, not even their eyes are showing. The covering predates Islam even though they are now Muslim. The women are not allowed to go outside of the home without their husband, father or brother's...

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Nov 4, 2009 - Woenstijntocht

Vorige week zijn mijn ouders hier eventjes op bezoek geweest. Dit was uiteraard speciaal voor mij omdat ze me niet kunnen missen. In de nacht van donderdag op vrijdag zouden ze rond 01.00 landen. Dit betekende dat ik op donderdag niet kon gaan stappen aangezien ik dan niet op tijd zou zijn. Ik heb dus maar een taxi genomen naar het vliegveld en was er om kwart voor 1. En gelukkig ging het allemaal weer Egyptische stijl. Ik heb dus tot 02.45 kunnen wachten. Maar goed je moet iets voor je ouders over hebben. Vrijdags hebben we niet teveel...

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Koen in Cairo

Sep 23, 2009 - Egyptology 101

Please excuse my absence from the web; I'll chalk it up to monotony and computer electrocution. That's right, the last two times I've touched a computer I've come away with a lingering tingle.   The Sphinx was my Giza highlight, I like him a lot (he's a pharoah, not a woman). The pyramids were fun, too, but stark, as they are in a sense just glorified tombstones. An ancient city like Chitzen Itza is more interesting, I think. Anyway, the entrance was well-concealed, if you ask me- guess I would have made a bad tomb raider. Especially...

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Dec 27, 2008 - Siwa, sanctuary of tradition.

The trip to Siwa was well worth the 10 hours of bus ride to get there from Cairo. Siwa is simply divine and nowhere else you could find such a place like this on earth! It was as if part of heaven had fallen off the sky and landed somewhere on the edge of Sahara desert. But I am getting ahead of myself now. The bus ride was really interesting getting out of Cairo as we surely felt safe being in the bus rather than cab this time around. Every car kept on snarling and occasionally bumps against each other to occupy whatever road they can to...

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Nov 15, 2007 - Siwa

Now this is what I thought the desert would be! Nothing but sand for miles and miles. It was a long local bus ride from Alexandria and as we approached the Oasis it got green with plants and Palm trees. We're only 5o k's from the Libya border, I'd run over and gt a new stamp in my passport but apparently there are miles and miles of quick sand so I'll give it a miss this time! We rented bikes and toured the oasis, stopping at the mountain of the Dead where there were actual human bones in the tombs, a bit creepy. One of our group member...

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May 22, 2007 - Baharia-Siwa

The drive to Siwa from bahariya takes 9hours on the jeep. Because we had more than six americans, we needed special escort service of an armed guard for the duration. There were also 8 military checkpoints along the way. Apparently since we are so close to Libya, the security situation is a bit more suspect somehow. The ride was very long and hot. We had lunch at one of the military check points. When we arrived near Siwa, we stopped by a cold spring teeming with fishes looked almost like a small aquarium. Some of the girls got in to get a...

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Absolute Egypt

Sep 15, 2006 - What's The Story Morning Glory? (Siwa Oasis, Egypt)

The image I conjure when hear the term "oasis" is one formed in my childhood thanks to Bugs Bunny cartoons and old Sinbad the Sailor movies so I was filled with both curosity and apprehension on the long bus ride from Alex to the Siwa oasis. I was curious to see what a real oasis actually looked like. Surely it wasn't the utopia depicted in films and books. I also feared that it was nothing like the epitome of tranquil beauty portrayed by the media. In a world filled with conflict, stress and hardship, I like the notion, as romantacized as...

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