Exploring Cairo: of mosques & new year eve

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After sightseeing at Salahudin Citadel, we headed to Mosque of Amr ibn al-As in the old city of Cairo. Fyi, Cairo is known as the city with 1000 minarets! Mosques are pretty muuch scattered around the city and it was a beautiful thing to listen to different athans whenever prayer times.  Sort of reminding us that in whatever circumstances, never ever skip praying.

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the praying areas inside the mosque 

Up next, we went to Mosque of Imam Syafie around 20 minutes drive away. There, lies the mausoleum of Imam Syafie, one of the great 4 imams whose legacy on juridical matters and teaching led him to Shafie Mazhab. Speaking of him, most South East Asian Muslims would be familiar with him because we Muslims are practising according to his mazhab.

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The ambiance inside the mosque is so calming and I love how everything inside the mosque is greenish. As a matter of fact, in Islam green is similar to peace 🙂 It was a remarkable experience to visit the mosque that once witnessed one of the greatest Islamic scholars and indeed I am grateful for the chance. Alhamdulillah. Imam Syafie was an inspiration and I wish to be an excellent student like how he did in the past. He was bornt in Gaza, Palestine and passed away in Egypt. He always seek for his teacher to learn and most of the time, he’d try to live as close to his teachers, all for the sake of gaining knowledge. MasyaaAllah.

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We wanted to visit Imam Syafie’s mausoleum but it was closed due to renovation. After that, we proceeded to the Khalel Khalily, a shopping street where you can buy some souvenirs to be brought home. The atmosphere at that time was pretty lit considering it was New Year Eve haha! Locals strolling by with their beloved ones; restaurant were filled with customers and waiters promoting their menus; kids selling some toys and buses honking at the traffic. You could sniff smoke from the shisha and the kebabs being grilled in front of the restaurant and immediately hunger strikes you. Ahh, good times.

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some shops sell souvenirs, some sell leather bags and some sell beautiful lamps!

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those lamps are so so so pretty at night!!

There are A LOT of shops selling souvenirs on the street so make sure you try your best to negotiate! I’m not good at bargaining so I left the job to my mother and sisters lol 😅 We bought many souvenirs and btw, they don’t only sell keychains, there are a lot of beautiful accessories too (bracelets, rings, pendants, etc).

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super busy traffic!

As time passed by, it got colder and the street got even busier. Restaurants were full house and you could hear musics blasting around the street; obviously people were excited to welcome New Year!

We stayed until 9 pm because we had to rush back to our motel to pack our stuffs since we would be leaving to Siwa that night. It was a long day indeed but worth remembering. We had our 12 am moments inside the van at the highway and I saw some fireworks in the sky. Hello 2017!

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to more of seeing this kind of view in future insyaaAllah 🙂

To end my post, I feel so grateful that we met such nice people and our journey was sailing smooth. From meeting Ustaz Yusof to visiting the historical mosques, I wish I could spend more days in Cairo. There are sure lots of other less-travelled paths in Cairo and I hope to see you again, Cairo 😊

Exploring Cairo: museum & citadel

My second day in Cairo was quite meaningful, since it was also the last day of 2016 calendar. Even in Malaysia, I’ve never celebrated New Year outside (a stay-at-home kinda person lol), what more celebrating it abroad! Yezza, so here we go, the last day of twenty sixteen in Cairo 😉


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Our 31st December began with us waking up early to join the crowd at Egyptian Museum near Tahrir Square. p/s: Tahrir Square was the place where the Egypt Revolution occurred 6 years ago. Now, alhamdulillah, things got better and it was a nice atmosphere seeing locals walking around with their families. So, we queued up a bit since there were lots of other tourists too waiting to enter the museum. You know, I personally think that a museum trip in Egypt is a must because obviously, Egypt is all about its history. It’ll be a huge miss to not explore the real stories behind those pyramids and pharaohs plus you can learn something new too.

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Guided by none other than Ustaz Yusof (heh), we went to the section where the information and artifacts from Early Dynastic Period (c. 3050-2686 BC). In simpler words, the earliest dynasty on the Ancient Egypt history timeline. The museum is quite big so prepare yourself to spend more than 2 hours there. Do bring along any history books/encyclopaedia because trust me, you’ll understand better 🙂

Visiting Tutankhamun’s fortunes, he was super rich smh

Since we had other places to cover in Cairo, we managed to spend only an hour in the museum. It was a great opportunity to be able to witness Tutankhamun’s amazing fortunes that he hid inside his tomb (everything he had is made from pure gold!!). Btw, the museum also has a room where the mummies would be displayed but visitors need to pay to enter. We didn’t because it was a bit expensive hahah plus I dislike mummies because obviously they are dead bodies so yeah nope..

After taking photos and stuff, we left. Lunchtime was so near so we decided why not (again) have a Malaysian lunch? Hahaha typical Malaysians abroad. Can’t live without rice XD We had nasi campur in the Malaysian Hall canteen and we were lucky that there were still plenty of food left. I think most might agree with me on this, but seriously Malaysian food tastes 100 times better abroad!! I remember that feeling when eating Maggi in Siwa in the middle of the freezing weather…tasted like heaven!

As we all know, food makes us feel better. Haha. Then, we continued our sightseeing to my favourite place in Cairo – Saladin Castle or Cairo Citadel.The Citadel sometimes is referred to as Mohamed Ali Citadel because it contains the Mosque of Muhammad Ali Pasha, who conquered Cairo in 1805. He’s a Turkish/Ottoman so you might see a bit of Ottoman architecture influence on the mosque itself, similar to the Blue Mosque in Istanbul. There are few museums around the area and also other mosques to explore. At the end of the day, it was an experience to witness the great history of Muslim rulers who built such amazing monument and we should learn to appreciate whatever they had left.

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Mohamed Ali Pasha Mosque with the blue sky of Cairo 🙂

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Those marbles were freezing cold and guess who walked barefoot inside? 

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look at how similar the praying area inside the mosque is to the Blue Mosque..the lighting they use are pretty much the same!

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fyi, you can enjoy the picturesque view of the old city of Cairo from the castle 🙂 So grateful to be able to get the chance to be there. ❤

to be continued!

Exploring Cairo: day 1

From Siwa, let’s continue on my previous journey to Cairo.

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It’s true when people say, “You haven’t been to Egypt until you witness the Giza pyramids.” Haha, omg yes. I mean, if you ask every single tourists on why they come to Egypt, most will mention about the pyramids. Undeniably, the pyramids are one of the seven ancient wonders of the world and I’m impressed to how the Egyptians thousands years ago could build such pyramids.

There are a lot of theories on how the pyramids were built but let’s just assume that they were created by geniuses. Being able to go see them (alhamdulillah), it made feel thankful and amazed at the same time. I had fun but hey, Cairo isn’t just about the pyramids. There are a lot of other interesting places as well that you might want to visit. And trust me, Cairo is abundant with history and cultures.

The journey from Alexandria to Cairo took us around 3 and a half hours via highway. We departed in the morning and arrived around afternoon at our motel. I was excited catching a glimpse of the pyramids upon arriving in Cairo!! Finally, I’m here. Obviously, our first destination was the Giza pyramids so after lunch we went there with our guide. He’s Ustaz Yusof, an Indonesian currently studying in Al-Azhar and at the same time runs a tour service in Cairo. Very kind and patient in waiting. And yes, he’s very good in taking pictures. Talented, I must say.

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Hello pyramid yuhuuuu

After the security check blablabla, we walked a bit to the first pyramid. Fun facts, there are 3 major pyramids (the large ones) in total in Giza. Real reason behind the pyramids? They serve as tombs for the pharaohs and their queens. Additional fees if you want to see the tombs in the pyramid.

As usual, many locals approached us and offered to take our pictures and some of them sell souvenirs around the pyramids. Btw, one tips here, if you do not plan to buy anything, avoid making eye contact and also do not show any rejection to them. Whatever they tell/do, just ignore them and walk away. They are very experienced and it’s ok to not buy, okay?

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First stop – Khufu pyramid or the Great Pyramid

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As small as it looks, the area is very wide and it’s in the middle of desert.

It got pretty windy there and you would want to bring your sunnies with you. Thankfully, the sun was up so that made the wind bearable. We began our walk to the first pyramid, Khufu pyramid. When I tried to climb those rocks (whatever you call them) of the pyramids, I never thought that it could be that high. Imagine the rocks at the base, it was my height wowwwww. How on earth did Egyptians build this? It’s something unimaginable to think of and at the same time, mind blowing. What an empire..

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hiiii there

Ustaz Yusof is a nice guy haha. He knew that we all wanted to take pictures first, so he called us to line up infront of him and we then gave him our phones for him to take the photos. Quickly, he said, “baik, kalian sudah di sini, jadi saya bakal ceritakan sedikit tentang pyramid ini..” Nice trick there, Ustaz. Haha, I love his explanations because there were a lot to learn about the ancient pyramids especially from the perspective of Islam. He told us about the structure of the pyramids itself and how there were cracks everywhere on the floor due to an earthquake a long time ago. Ask him anything and he’ll be glad to answer. Btw, from the pyramids, you can enjoy the beautiful Cairo skyline, especially the blue sky 😀

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p/s: we were told that ages ago, actually the pyramids were nearby the Nile River and those wide compound you see above were actually a part of the Nile River!

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The pyramid tour didn’t just simply end there. We went to another spot which is the most ideal place to take cool pictures. Not just say-cheese kind of pictures, but those multiple-styles pictures 😉 You can either look as if you’re kicking the pyramid, or leaning against it, or even holding the pyramid. We had lots of fun there and after done with the ‘photoshoot’, we headed to the Sphinx, the statue of a mythical creature with the face of a human and the body of a lion. Sounds creepy.

behind the scenes of us dealing with the strong wind..obviously, no such thing as perfect group jump photos XD

The Sphinx is about 4500 years old btw!! And it was made from a single mass of limestone and surprisingly, no records about it being mentioned in any Egyptian history. People don’t even know its real name.

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the section where the artists illustrate their arts on the papyrus papers to be displayed/sold

After visiting the Sphinx, we left the area around 5-ish since night was so near. We dropped by a shop selling fragrances and essences by Egyptians (rumors are the business is owned by Dodi Al-Fayed’s family, read: Princess Diana) and then proceeded to a papyrus museum. If papyrus rings a bell for you, papyrus is a type of paper produced by Egyptians from the papyrus plant. Inside the museum, we got to see how exactly they transform a pile of papyrus piths into writable papers. It’s not the same as the usual pulps we all know in making normal papers, and the papyrus in fact is durable too. Brilliant inventions!

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Papyrus paper!

We spent 30 minutes inside the museum and then headed to the Nile River cruise. Woohoo!!! I’m so excited seeing the Nile River for everyone in Egypt relies on the river for their daily source of water. Trust me, you can even taste the river water from the local tap water. Ermm, payau.

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panoramic view of the upper deck of the cruise where we waited for our dinner to be ready

We arrived at the Nile River Cruise at 7-ish and dinner wasn’t ready at that time. Locals even flock that place to have birthday or wedding celebrations. Their celebrations are lit guys!! Never knew Egyptians love to party and dance hahhaha. Around 8.30, finally we got to have our dinner and also enjoy the nightview of Nile River. The atmosphere was pretty havoc since locals at another table made a birthday surprise for their family members and with them clapping and singing, everybody inside the dining area cheered for them *points to myself*. LOL. They played Arabic songs and they are pretty catchy too! I bet the most ‘exciting’ part would be the belly dance performance. Shizzzzzzzzzz, I shouldn’t be watching the woman dancing omg…..I never thought that the belly dancer could be that sexy and the crowd was pretty much cheering on her haha. I guess belly dance is pretty common in Arabic/Egyptian culture and everyone’s used to watching it. But definitely, it was an experience.

 

Up next, the Sufi performances. That was the bomb for me cuz it looked so amazing in the dark. Those colours on the Sufi dancer’s outfit were beautiful in pictures. He pretty much spinned for 10 times if I’m not wrong.

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Love how my phone camera brilliantly captured these photos!

We spent a total time of 2 hours on the cruise and alhamdulillah, I’m satisfied with the meal, the entertainment and the view of the Nile River itself :””) We took a lot of pictures and we finally called it a day.

Next day’s plan – streets of Cairo and New Year Eve!!

 

braving the giant waves in life

Since reading is one of my 2017 resolutions, I’m currently trying to read as many books as possible before dental school begins. Ironic isn’t it when most of us could spend hours on Twitter/Instagram/Facebook but couldn’t do the same on books? I mean, of course it is fun watching others updating their lifestyle on Instagram and reading their unspoken thoughts on Twitter, but certainly we wouldn’t have anything precious to be passed down to our future kiddos. Here’s an analogy – books stay, username/password fade. Sincerely, an avid Friendster user yearsss ago.

Reading a lot of books even a hundred of them wouldn’t do you any justice, seriously. What’s the point of reading if you’re not learning? By learning, I mean jotting down any extra knowledge or little things you discover on anything – phone’s memo, sticky notes, notebooks, any crumpled paper you find on the table. Whatever it is, you’ll remember better and can practise in life. Another one, it’s okay if you could not afford to own as much books as others, but please, do repeat reading the books that you already finished because you’ll benefit so much and you will remember those info longer. It all boils down to one thing – executing.

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Enough babbling, here I’d like to share one amazing thing that I’ve learnt from a book I’m currently reading. Hehe it’s 7 Laws of Wealth written by Ben Benson, a speaker cum entrepreneur. I’m not going to tell you the synopsis since it’s a non-fic so Google the title for detailed insights into the content. Right now, I’ll tell you a bit about the stages of grieving that everyone would go through based on what I’ve read from the Law 1: Gain Control chapter.

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Whenever we got hit by major problems and couldn’t find the truest solution, our mind and heart would be hit by numerous feelings. Sometimes, we get unsure. Sometimes, we feel clueless and hopeless. Sometimes, we get angry. Depressed, too. At the same time, we know the clock is ticking but we couldn’t help but to ignore the real question and got drifted away by our emotions. And then, when we couldn’t fix the problem, we got mad and sad. And then grieving happens.

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So, a Swiss psychiatrist Elizabeth Kubler-Ross had explained in her book about the Kubler-Ross Grief Curve which has several stages that often we pass through when facing grief or tragedy. I hate how accurate it is, considering I myself couldn’t avoid all her points. Listen, for the path that you’re now on, someone else had been there. Yeap, you’re not alone.

Stage 1 : Denial

This is where everything begins wrongly. Your mind can’t stop saying No, no…. and instead you shift the blame to somebody else. You’re denying the fact that you actually are responsible and should be responsible for your situation. Simple example, you got fired from your job and then you put the blame on your boss. You do not want your hands to get dirty so it’s always others’ faults and you’re now a victim of their immoral actions. Denying won’t do you any good because nothing ever changes in denial.

Stage 2 : Anger

Now the rage starts seeping in. Why the hell my life turns out like this? Why am I not rich/smart already? What about my efforts? Such thoughts begin to bombard your mind and you become confused on your next step. You still can’t see the clear picture of your situation which your responsibility is demanded. And you’re quite happy blaming others and surprisingly, you don’t feel good. It’s like a huge cloud of red mist is surrounding you.

Stage 3 : Bargaining

I know the feeling here. It’s like you’re beginning to realize that hey, maybe I can find some solutions and things will get fixed instantly. Ok, done.

Dumbass. You’re still not accepting full responsibility, are you? So, what you do is you try to bargain. Someone else is also accountable for this thing, not only me. That thought is not good, guys. Not helping at all. As the writer mentioned, you’re now locked into a victim mentality. Obviously, you cannot time-travel to the past and remind the old you about this situation. However, you can always pick a different reaction and wisely decide your outcome for the future as a result. Not merely choosing responsibilities.

Stage 4 : Depression

Depression – a type of mental illness that we always hear online. At this stage, you’d feel terrible for everything that happened and feel like hitting the rock bottom How hard you prayed, things are not changing according to your judgement. And no matter how much efforts have you put in, your situation doesn’t really improve. This is where you become frustrated and all those sadness and withdrawal makes you think “What’s the use of even trying?”.

Stage 5 : Acceptance

The recovery stage. Acceptance is the major key to transformation and also the beginning of a brand new life. This is where you’ll begin to acknowledge that bad things happen and you yourself need to start being more responsible than ever. In Islam, we call it redha. Quoting the writer, when you fully appreciate that you and your choices, decisions, actions, and inactions have brought you to this place, you reclaim your personal power. Everything will only change the moment you start accepting. I myself agree with this since I was so troubled when people mentioned about my situation/problems. Like others said, time heals; but for how long exactly? You shouldn’t drag your feelings way too far because it is torturing your soul quietly. Trust me, I’ve been there.  And now, Alhamdulillah, I’m way over it! Woohoo. You’ll know that you’ve surpassed this stage when you don’t even shed a tear like how you always did in the past. You’ll feel a lot stronger facing the upcoming future and thinking about those old times do not hurt at all.

After accepting, you’ll have better hopes and begin to start new commitments to improve your life 🙂

I ain’t a pro in giving advices but here’s one – everyone would experience shitty stuff and only those strong ones can pull through. You decide which one you want to be, strong or weak?

 

Exploring Siwa: dinner in desert

read part I and part 2 if you haven’t.

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After we were done with sandboarding, all of us were so ready to go back and couldn’t wait to hit the warm shower. I remember sitting beside Amu Fatih in the car and asking him, “Where are we eating tonight?” And he quickly replied, “Oh, we’ll eat dinner here, in the desert…you excited?”

WHATTTTT?

“Umm, you mean in the middle of the freezing weather??????” That was my unspoken thought at that time. Sokay, let’s embrace this experience. YOLO.

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Meet Mr. Heater.

He then drove us to a campsite and since sunset just passed by, it was the perfect timing to eat. Except for the wind, though. Zzzzz. While waiting for dinner to be served, we all sat around the fireplace that has been set up for the visitors to heat ourselves. Here’s to natural heating since there’s no electric heater available. Yes, no electricity btw. However, we had a wonderful time there since there are a lot of firelamps around the campsite and moon was full at that night yeay! And when we had nothing to talk about, we would look up to the sky and witnessed the stars. Trust me, there were A LOT of stars in the sky and you can easily spot Orion and Scorpion above. Beautiful.

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While waiting, another amu played some music with his instrument. I’ve never seen such instrument but he played it nicely. Later, we were shown how the chickens are cooked by the workers – they would be placed inside a large pot and the pot would be buried deep in the piles of sand. No frying, only grilled! Amazing, isn’t it?

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Picture’s not good but the food was! 

After a long wait, finally dinner was ready! I thought we would eat inside the camp since it was damn cold outside.. but nope. Hmm.. I was so hungry that I was the first to finish haha! It felt so delicious especially when you’re damn hungry. 10 degrees dinner, check.

After finishing our dinner…….

“Ok, dinner’s done, so let’s go home…”

Uh uh, not so fast. Enjoy some mint teas first.

“Ok, done with teas. What next?

 

Music. Yes, music in the middle of the desert.

 

I was lazy to join the crowd but then they already invited. It would be a shame not joining them cuz when your hosts offer you something, you take it. Have some courtesy okay, ladies and gentlemen. We watched amus play some instruments while singing. It was a lively atmosphere where they served us some lemon grass teas and we would clap our hands, laughing and smiling 😀 It didn’t went very long because we needed to go back and rest. I guess Amu Fatih recognized our tired faces plus my parents were exhausted so they need more rests than us kids. Playing around the desert can be quite exhausting, actually, especially on winter days. It got colder at night and the best place to be was on our beds. Amu Fatih then called it a day and off we went back to the motel.

What a splendid day in the desert :””))

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Deserts can be both beautiful and daunting too. You would not want to wander around alone there.

Exploring Siwa: meeting locals

Hi readers, we meet again on this post! Here’s the link to my the first Siwa post in case you haven’t read. And now, let’s continue.

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We arrived in the small town of Siwa at dusk and later were greeted by our guide who’s a Siwa native local, Amu Fatih. Ps, amu is a friendly term we refer for uncle here in Egypt. He literally is the go-to local guide for foreigners and also the big boss for his private tour company. He owns a hotel btw in Siwa so he’s mainly the tourist favourite. And I think everyone here in Siwa knows him and yes, he’s rich haha. Accompanied by him for 2 days, I must say that he takes group photos of us very nicely, especially with the panoramic view that lies behind us. Thumbs up for Amu Fatih 🙂

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After putting our bags at the motel, we directly went to have our dinner at Abdu Restaurant in town. Weather was quite nice at that time, but still needs a bit of layering inside. We had a typical Egyptian dinner – bread, chicken, rice, salads, etc. I love how healthy their menus are compared to Malaysia’s. Malaysian food has lots of oils where Egyptians prefer theirs to be grilled and they ate LOTS of veggies, too. Certainly the veggies over there are fresher than Malaysia’s due to the weather. Obviously. I even started to like eating salads/veggies there and I hope that feeling continues in Malaysia. The table were so full of plates and guess who managed to finish my dinner? ME!! Woohoo quite an achievement since they serve large portions in Egypt but I was so hungry at that time so my appetite couldn’t refuse such feasts! Went back to the lodging with full stomach and a smile on my face 😀 It’s so true when people say this, “Feed a woman with food, and she’ll be happier than ever..” HAHA

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there were so many plates on the table. burp.

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Talking about our lodging in Siwa, we stayed at Siwa Inn Motel. Small, yet cozy place to stay. Building’s classic and reflects Egyptian style which I really adore.  Near the reception, you’ll see a few couches to relax while watching the local soap operas on the TV, or you can always enjoy the free wifi 😉 Then, you’ll find a door leading to the dining area, usually there is where we usually ate our breakfast and just enjoy the chilly morning. Beyond the dining area, there’s a door to the beautiful backyard. The backyard is very beautiful! It’s simply a place where you can chill at night/day, sitting around the camp fire and just be amazed looking at the night sky. Trust me, the stars are abundant at night and you can even spot the Milky Way! I’m really really impressed with how nicely built this motel are and it doesn’t really stick to modernity. I like how it wants to be ‘Egypt’ despite time passing by and technology rising everywhere. That’s gold.

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the door leading to the dining area and kitchen

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where we had breakfasts. no heater available, just the chilly morning air they had.

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i miss this kind of view. peaceful and cozy.

We also met Amu Mahmoud, a kitchen worker and Amu Musayyid, the owner of the motel. Both are veryyyy kind and welcoming 🙂 I still remember I was awake early and went to kitchen with my sister to get some hot water. Later, Amu Musayyid came to us and offered some Egyptian-style baked beans straight out of the pan! Aww, he’s a very kind man. There’s this kind of warm gestures from strangers that you would never forget when you’re in a foreign land. Magic of travel. Despite not understanding what he was saying, me and my sister did his favour. He was happy that we were the first ones to taste his cooking. Great times, indeed.

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kitchen beyond the wall

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Here’s what we had for breakfast, classic Egyptian style. Nan bread, honey/strawberry jam, yogurt and you can choose between coffee/tea. A simple start for the long day!

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A picture before we left to Alex in front of the motel with Amu Musayyid on the left and Amu Mahmoud on the right.

Memories that I won’t forget. Thank you amus :”””)

 

Exploring Siwa: Day 1

Talking about Siwa, hmm how many of you have heard of the name? I bet not many. Siwa maybe is not as popular as Luxor/Aswan when it comes to historic remains. I’ve never been to Luxor/Aswan but I know that foreigners love exploring the historical temples there and the accommodation is pretty up to standard – you can even take a cruise along the Nile River! Back to Siwa, it’s just a tiny town in the middle of plain, brown Sahara desert and it lies pretty close to the Libya border. It’s very, very, very far from Alexandria, around 400 kilometres. What more, Cairo. Here’s a visual map for you – imagine Siwa at the west, Alexandria at the north, Sinai at the east, Cairo lies at the centre (kind of) and Luxor at the south.

Talking about the journey itself, we departed from Alex at 8 am and there were 11 of us inside the 12-seater van. I could still remember how cold that morning was and being outside wasn’t the thing you would want to do. Especially when you were near the sea. The winds, urghh, made everyone freezing. And as expected, the van doesn’t come with any heater so please brace yourself for the ride, since the driver would pull down the window a bit to let the wind to enter. Air-conditioner would be turned off, so enjoy each other’s heat. Haha. The journey was too long that I got bored of sleeping and waking up but still, we had not reach Siwa. Internet was slow but pretty okay for Whatsapp/Instagram but Internet couldn’t entertain me much, so I opted for sleeping and mp3.

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On our way to Siwa, we stopped by Cleopatra Beach near Marsa Matrouh. Oh, I love the beach there. So beautiful even during winter! Matrouh is a town located along the Mediterranean Sea and if you’re going to Siwa, you’d see the blue sea. Prettiest blue hues I’ve ever seen in my whole life. Except for the wind, though. It’s winter, so what do I expect? Hahah. And obviously winter is a low season, so the beach town is quite deserted. Most hotels and shops were not operating, and I got excited seeing Fathalla grocery store and KFC but they were all closed. So, now you know when to head to Matrouh, okay. Summer!

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You see those two big rocks there? That was the place where the great Cleopatra took a dip.

In opposite, it was a blessing for us to have the beach completely to ourselves. No photobombs in our pictures and definitely more privacy. Although I saw an old couple dating there..must be the locals, aww so sweet 🙂 After spending about 20 minutes at the beach, we continued the neverending ride to Siwa.

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Love how classic their petrol pump is. 

There were only few vehicles on the road, mostly lorries. Several times, we had to stop at the military checkpoints but idk, it made me felt safer. No big deal when the soldiers opened the door, because you’ll be fine as long you don’t commit something dumb in other’s country. Please don’t.

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Our view for the first 3 hours vs. what we witnessed after 6 hours on the road.

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There you go, my first desert experience – the Sahara. And do you know that I went sandboarding??? Will blog about it later on!

 

And finally, after 10 hours………………..

HELLO SIWA!

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Amazing sunset along the desert. Spot the crescent moon, guys!