The idea of coming to Siwa Oasis and working from Somewhere Different is to enjoy the natural surroundings, the natural sounds, the locals, the perfect weather and the quietness so you can have a completely different experience than your usual work routine.
Our Co-working/Co-living space in Siwa is very laid back and around the Shali there is little to break the silence except for the odd child playing or a donkey making himself heard.
We have purposely made the villa a quite place, not only fully equipped with everything you need for productive work, but also perfect for relaxation and taking a break from the busy life outside.
View from the roof at night it is very relaxing watching the world go by… or not.
People watching from the roof:
The locals are cool with foreigners. We’re all from Mars and they don’t understand our ways… but they find us just as interesting people to watch as we do them.
My favourite place to get away from it all. There is always someone on the terrace sunbathing or just hanging out but this little hideaway at the back of the house often goes unnoticed and is great for reading or playing board games that you want to leave out until tomorrow.
If you go through the wooden door on the left there is a large steam room, a changing room and a shower room with two showers. It is completely private allowing you to strip off and have a relaxing steam sauna and shower. It took a lot of figuring out, but works!
Make yourself a coffee and sneak out on to the terrace to watch the sun rise over the mud houses whilst reading that novel you have wanted to tuck into for some time. Even on the busiest winter holiday weekend, you will be the only person you can see for miles. Go up the Shali which is a five minute walk and you will see one of the best sunrises ever.
When on the terrace you can watch the sun set and the colour of the Shali fort go from a bright yellow to a dark red to then a bright white when the lights kick in and it all gets lit up. Take a 5 minute walk up the Shali it’s self and see the sun set over the oasis for miles and miles around.
This is a picture of a sunset out over the Siwa salt lake taken from the top of the Shali which is a few minutes walk from the house.
If this is what you are looking for your next Co-working / Co-living destination, check the availability of our memberships in Somewhere Different here.
Internet speeds in Egypt when staying in hostels, budget hotels and co working spaces vary, but in general they provide the cheapest package from there ISP to cover all guests even if that’s more than 50 people. The speeds vary from nothing to 2mbs. For simple browsing and the non critical Skype calls it is fine if you are working at non busy times of the day or Friday. But it’s not reliable. No one sees the need for back ups when the power goes down for lighting, let alone the internet.
We are in the process of contacting all co working spaces in Egypt to get a better idea of what is available here for digital nomads looking to work and travel in Egypt for a few months and will add the link here when it is done.
We have 10 mbs + & 3G back up here in Siwa.