Siwa Oasis and Marsa Matrouh on Bike
Trip Start Jun 04, 2006
252Trip End Nov 04, 2007
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The drive from Marsa Matrouh took us about 4 hours. We stopped on the way for a break. It is a very strange feeling, driving in the middle of the desert, with hardly any life around you and no cars
Our first day in Siwa was quite pleasant. Very chilled out. Actually this trip is going to be a lot less hectic than the one before, which is quite nice. The couple I am travelling with are also British. They are from Cambridge. You would never guess they are in their mid 50s. They are very lively and a lot of fun, specially when they are arguing! :) They have been really nice to me. I am actually getting spoiled by them. I have to say they have really cheered me up.
We visited the temple of Oracle yesterday. This is where Alexander the great visited the oracle to find out about his future and he was told that he is the son of Zeus. He had wished to return back to Siwa but sadly he never did. We rented bicycles and visited the temple, as well as Cleopatra bath and had a good ride around the Oasis. It was one of the best ways of seeing the place. Not as much fun as being on a donkey but even more bumpier! :)
After our bike ride we went to see the salt lake and stayed around the suburbs of the Oasis to watch the sunset
The Siwan people are really barbers and they have their own dialect. Which Egyptians do not understand. They are very friendly and have a very basic way of living. The women in Siwa cover themselves completely from head to toe and they are not allowed to go out, only from one house to another and are not allowed to talk to other men. To me that is very harsh, but who am I to judge!
Our hotel is very basic. We don't have any air conditioning! And it is very hot. Don't think of sleeping outside, unless you don't mind creepy crowlies on you! :) I had 4 showers last night, just to cool down and eventually I ended up putting tooth paste on my face and my arms to cool myself off! It worked, but I had a very restless night!
This morning we visited the mountain of dead and saw some cool mummies, Egyptian and Greek. You can tell the difference by the way they are lying. The Egyptian or the pharaohnic mummies have their arms crossed on their chest and the Greeks have their arms crossed on their belly. The tombs we visited on the mountain, belonged to Oreisis and Ammon. Very beautiful polychromic painting on the walls.
Now we are off to the desert for our jeep safari!