We show you the way in Cairo then down to Siwa Oasis for some remote working for a month in the day – hanging out with like-minded digital nomads at night in the hot springs out in the great sand sea.
We believe there are six main elements to a good co-working / co-living space.
Having reliable fast internet is obviously your base need – and that need and Egypt do not mix right? The big plus for coming to stay with us is we have 10 – 13mb download most of the time and 3G, sometimes 4G back up. Plus a really nice hassle free place to work from with like minded Digital Nomads. Normal travellers are not allowed to stay Somewhere Different, so no interaction from any one in work hours.
The main work areas is a quiet zone from 9.00 am to 6.00 pm at night. That’s “ get stuff done” time. There are several areas in the Siwa Villa where you can take a break and talk with fellow nomads during the day and the Skype room is planned and being built very soon.
We are based in a villa made of mud in a very quiet part of town behind the old Shali fort – yet only 5 minutes from the souk and restaurants and as much siwan cultural experiences as you want. The blacksmith is still here across the street, he is always around with who ever is sitting outside his forge for a chat – if you speak Siwan 🙂
Somewhere Different co working co living space is based in a house called the Siwa Villa. It is a luxury villa that was built for families wanting high end desert tours and was very successful. That was before the revolution. Now it has been transformed into a coworking coliving space with all the required facilities. There are 4 rooms, one single, one double, one twin and one dorm with 4 beds in it. The rooms surround the main work area so you can work with others or switch back and forth to your room for calls or private work any time.
On the roof we have a fire pit where we gather after work in the evenings to try and not talk about work and plan our weekend trips out into the desert or to a new hot spring we have not visited yet. It has a spit for roasting lambs, goats, chickens… aubergines – whatever you fancy.
It has taken us around six months to get cables laid to the houses to get a much faster speed. The cable is now installed and I will update here when we have 4x speed than shown above which is the current download when creating this web page. As you can see it is 616% faster than the average speed in Egypt and we will be 4x faster very soon 🙂 Why? Because a coworking / coliving space is first and foremost about about having fast reliable internet.
Sure we are entrepreneurs, we are business focused and we put working as a priority, but we are all travellers at heart or we would be working from the back room in our new house back home. You come to stay at Somewhere Different to get the work environment and community you need, you also come to stay as they name says – Somewhere Different. Experiencing a countries real culture is often hard to do when staying in downtown touristville. You are busy working and don’t have the time to integrate and meet real locals who do not work in tourism, to work out where to go to experience the local life as it really is. We do…. and we share that with you.