Camel riding for the uninitiated...

Trip Start Jan 17, 2007
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Trip End Aug 29, 2007


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Saturday, July 7, 2007

   This weekend I embarked on a school organized trip (with a very high school feel...) down to the Saharan desert (right near the border with Algeria)...
   We stayed at ritzy hotels and rode camels in the desert and slept in tents in the desert...
   Nice thing though was that, due to the large group, we got some very nice discounts on accomodations...both hotels  (one we stayed at and one we left our stuff there overnight while we were in the desert) were huge and very nice!
   For the most part the first night was spent eating, swimming and relaxing after our 6 hour bus ride down to the Merzouga area (we actually stayed at a hotel in Erfoud though, which is about an hour north of Merzouga)...The next day we headed out to Merzouga and relaxed some more and then headed out for an hour and a half into the desert by camel...we spent the night camped out in the desert (which was really warm...I thought that it would get quite cold at night!) and ate and danced/listened to Berber music...our camp was located in a small oasis quite a ways out in the desert...the next morning we made our way back into Merzouga (again via camel) and made our way back to Fes...
   I have to say that camel riding isn't terribly comfortable...one is supposed to sit sideways or to tuck up a leg...but as I am rather balance deprived I chose to sit as if I was on a horse and needless to say it was quite painful!  In my defense though there were times when I was quite certain that my camel would topple over so I think that I was justified to sit the way I did...even if I couldn't walk for a day or 2 after...
    Needless to say, the camel riding box on my to do list is now ticked off...and unless it is absolutely essential, I probably won't be going out of my way to do it again...I prefer elephants...
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