The legendary Sahara...
Trip Start Apr 29, 2006
70Trip End Ongoing
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I have little idea where camels' revenge took place. After trekking on the camel since just before sunset, and watching it do so magnificently from atop the vengeful single-humped beast, we continued in the complete darkness until we came to some camp. Where was it? No idea. In the desert I guessed. The early morning rays revealed that we were, indeed, surrounded by the sweeping sands of the Sahara, sand dunes and caravans in the distance, complete silence. The vistas were impossibly cliched and amazing - surreally so - with the fine desert sand settling in delicate tiers upon the dunes; the golden sun on the golden sand enhanced by the ever-present light desert mist. Brilliant.
The night before was equally beautiful, as the millions of stars of the northern sky beamed down on the desert, uninhibited by city lights, sights or sounds, only the sound of the berber drums competing with my wondering whether the eagles had made it to the grand final. The desert? Brilliant. Worth torture by camels x 100.
Kasbahs are overrated. No doubt. Well, firstly, what the fuck is a kasbah? Having seen several on the way to the desert, from the outside only - I'm not paying the 10 Dirham entry fee - I glean that they are mud-brick buildings in the form of an old city, much like the rest of Morocco that's not within a Kasbah
So, to the Top 5. Music. After having blatantly contravened the rule about 'music Top 5s being the first entry in a new country', I'm returning to what I always the spiritual homeland of the top 5. Therefore, this entry will see a return to music. Note - the music rule has been abolished, replaced by a rule which states that "Music will be the Subject of a Top 5 where Mark is satisfied that it is necessary and convenient". So, Top 5 songs to some up this Sahara desert trip:
5. Africa - Toto
4. I miss you (like the deserts miss the rain) - Sade. It almost rained when we were in the desert.
3. High and Dry - Radiohead
2. Rock the kasbah - The Clash
1. Http colon backward slash - Mark and Chris
It's Ramadan. Food may be difficult to obtain. Average. To Fez!