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Travel Blogs from Merzouga
... being way more sensible than I will ever be, opted to stay put which was just as well because once the sun goes down, darkness comes pretty quickly out there and this dune was several dunes away from the camp.
Well, I wish I had never started because it was one major slog, firstly over the ones in front and then up this really, really long ridge of soft sand. We made it to the top just as the sun was setting giving a beautiful ...
... his head, how is a travelling Canadian short of cash in Morocco but regardless he opened his wallet for me so I could eat. After the meal he let's me know that the driver has offered to pay for a plate at the lunch the following day. Wow, unbelievable. I knew I was going to be okay on my own because I had done the same penny pinching in Essaouira, eating a reduced breakfast, lunch and leftover dinner all for under 25 drh but when we started stopping at these expensive restaurants on the way ...
After a 7 hour drive, we arrives in the desert. While the town of merzougha is not far from where the desert, there is a 1 hour drive along a flat open road (nearly like a salt flat). While there is a graded road, it is often so bumpy and corrugated that people will create their own tracks. It is about 15km from the sealed road to where we picked up our camels, but it was a slow drive. The town (if you can call ...
... and did some handstands. All of a sudden it started to get
really cloudy and windy and then out of nowhere a sandstorm had
begun. We sought shelter in the tent and not long after, Mustapha
joined us with the tangine. The food was delicious and plentyful,
there was also tea, melon, bread and cookies which we enjoyed. We did
however end up eating our fair share of the sahara desert!!
Once the wind had died down, we climbed
to the top of ...
... to wait for it to cool a little.
Meanwhile, we were served some excellent absinthe tea (not the usual mint tea). Now... absinthe? Isn't that a highly intoxicating drug? Was this to calm our nerves before riding camels for the first time? Ha! After yesterday in the mountains, a little thing like riding a camel for a couple of hours wasn't so terrifying at all! Or perhaps they added the absinthe so that it wouldn't hurt ...