Desert Rose Hotel
Travel Blogs from Siwa
We finally made it to Siwa. We checked into our hotel, then we went out to explore. We looked around the city, and came back to our room. Afterwards, we relaxed in our rooms. Then we went to a restaurant. Then we came back to the hotel & went to bed.
... The front right wheel was not turning properly. When we arrived at the fossil site the guys pulled the wheel off and took a look. Thankfully Mohammed was a mechanic and was able to pinpoint the issue with the brakes. The fossil site was unreal. We saw lots of sand dollars and thousands of shells. It was hard to imagine that this site was once covered by water and aquatic life when all we could see for miles and miles was sand.
It was another 10 or 20 kilometres to ...
... There was a bit of a language barrier, but we ended up with rice, grilled chicken, pita, water and Coke. Bill's appetite is returning, mine is not quite there yet. I am still happier to see a toilet than food. :-(
When we were 30 minutes out of town and moving away from the water, it began to look like the desert. There was very short shrubs and we saw a heard of camels. I can't wait to see a baby camel up close!
About an hour after lunch ...
... in advance. Also, don't tell them an address or smaller hotel by name in English, simply ask them to take you to the largest, close by landmark or "area" such as a square or metro stop, and walk the 1-2 blocks, it actually saves time and frustration.]]
... after asking every random person we find one of the hotels, but actually decide on another cheaper one. By this time, it's 1:30am but the manager didn't mind waking up to fill a room and ...
... and returned to our hotel, where we showered, changed, and checked out. At 10:00am, our bus left Siwa, and we arrived back in Alexandria at about 7:00pm (after stopping briefly along the way at Marsah Matruh and other towns). Our trip to Siwa was very short, but it was great to see a smaller town (Siwa has about 35,000 residents) and the Bedouin culture there.
We now only have one week and change left of class (my final is one week from today!).