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We were sorry to leave Siwa since it offered a good glimpse into Egyptian desert life. It takes 11 hours to reach Cairo, so we stopped halfway in Marsa Matruh for the night. We're enjoying Egyptian food, our favorite dishes: shish tawok, chicken kebab on a sub roll with a peanut-mayonaise tasting sauce; and karshori, a rice and macaroni noodle dish mixed with lentil beans, chick peas, and tomato sauce. 
Jill couldn't go to the beach in her bathing suit because of the conservative Muslim dresscode - the hotel clerk said she'd cause a riot
The Western Desert (part of the Sahara, we think)