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Travel Blogs from Erg Chebbi
We took an overnight bus from Fes, which left an hour late. Since we had arranged for a driver to
pick us up at the Merzouga station, in the middle of no where, we were slightly concerned but it was out our ha
nds. We just hoped that he would be there waiting for us.
The moon was quite bright out so we could see
some of the scenery but with the way the driver was halling a* we just tried to sleep through it. There is
always this sort of paranoia that we ...
... tea (full of fresh mint sprigs – as is the Morrocan way) and then told about the carpet making process – which was actually very interesting. Then the procession of carpets started and for about 45 minutes we were shown almost every carpet in the shop. Despite politely stating that we ‘do not want to buy a carpet’ the procession continued, along with rhetoric about how lucky we are to come from Australia as the shipping of carpets there ...
... a small portion lies in Morocco, it would be my first glimpse of the mysterious, iconic land.
Along the way, in the Hyundai van that had become my habitation for the last couple days, in some of the most unexpected places we would come across some of the most green and flourishing places I had ever seen. Among the dry, barren land, with little villages constructed out of mud and straw buildings dotting the landscape, ...
After the five-hour drive from Marrakech over the High Atlas Mountains to Ouarzazate, we were ready to hit the dunes! We all set off in a 4x4 on a dirt road to the Sahara: Abdul (our guide), Mommy, Vienna, the jeep driver, and me. Eventually the dirt road disappeared and we were technically just off-roading.
We arrived at the foot of the dunes where we met Mohammed, the camel driver, who put our luggage on the camels. Later in the trip we named ...
Things maybe I should have known -- but did not anticipate -- about camel-trekking in the Sahara:
1) The camels would be unwilling to participate, and the practices to make them compliant would be unsettling.
2) "…that the camels would be cute." – Fritz
3) Desert sand and dunes are not soft to sleep on.
4) The sounds that a camel makes are plaintive, sad- and painful-sounding moans and ...