The Siwa Valley is a remote oasis in western Egypt.
Here you can find a hotel made entirely of salt.
The building materials come from the shores of lakes like this one. The crystals are used for food while the rocks are turned into bricks by artisans.
Small sculptures, the walls and even the beds are made of salt.
But doesn't it dissolve in water? Workers at the hotel say it's resisted the rain so far. So, no need to take this story with a pinch of salt.
Transcrição em português
O Vale de Siwa é um remoto oásis no oeste do Egito.
Aqui você encontra um hotel feito inteiramente de sal.
O material de construção vem das margens de lagos como este. Os cristais são usados na alimentação enquanto as rochas são transformadas em tijolos por artesãos.
Pequenas esculturas, as paredes e mesmo as camas são feitas de sal.
Mas ele não dissolve com a água? Funcionários do hotel dizem que ele resistiu à chuva até agora.
Então, não há necessidade de encarar essa história com certa desconfiança.
shores - edge of a lake, sea or river
crystals - natural mineral substances which are clear
artisans - craftsmen; workers who are good at producing objects with their hands take with a pinch of salt - believe something only partly because it might not be 100% true
engine / licensed / pioneer / taboo / on an equal footing
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