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Friday, May 8, 1998
Siwa, Egypt
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Siwa, Egypt:
Latitude: 29° 12' 6" North
Longitude: 25° 31' 20" East
Altitude: 6 feet
From Seattle: 8071 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Palm Trees

Today's Travel:
Country: Egypt
Region: Matruh
Weather: Mostly Sunny / Overcast (Dust storm)

Available Photos:

Jebel in Oasis Top of the Oracle Temple, Siwa, Egypt

Ruin walls Top of the Oracle Temple, Siwa, Egypt

Salt lake Top of the Oracle Temple, Siwa, Egypt

Ruins and Oasis Top of the Oracle Temple, Siwa, Egypt

Swimming in Fantas spring Fantas Island, Siwa, Egypt

Older part of Siwa The Shali, Siwa, Egypt

Old Siwa and oasis The Shali, Siwa, Egypt

Skull next to street Siwa, Egypt

All photo images © 1997-2000 Anthony Jones - Images may not be used without prior written approval.

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 393
Linear Dist: 99486
Countries Visited: 32
Regions Visited: 125
More stats...
Hotels: 85
Friends / Family: 98
Camping: 39
Hostels: 134
Transit: 37
Beers: 1507

Journal Entry:
Rented bikes with Malise, Jeneve, Natalie, and Philippe (from dinner last night), and an Australian, Wayne. Spent the day biking around seeing everything. Saw the Temple of the Oracle, the Temple of Umm Obayda, Cleopatra Spring, Fantas Island (and spring), and the Shali (old fortress).

Had picnic at Fantas island, after we had a sheesha and then went for a swim in the spring. Walked around the old mud houses (dating back up to 800 years) under the Shali (old fortress). It's amazing people still live like this. We got invited into one house - it was amazing, the mud floor of the kitchen right next to the chicken coop was where food was prepared. The entire family slept in one room (mom, dad, the five girls, and the son). Later, after exploring the Shali, while walking around the mud buildings of old Siwa I noticed a perfectly bleached skull lying in three parts on the side of the road among the houses - definitely human and kids playing soccer next to it.

Had dinner and sheesha (twice in one day!), got to bed fairly late.

Related Sites:
Miftah Shamali- Egypt: Siwa
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Egypt
CIA World Fact Book: Egypt

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