Trip Start Apr 04, 2006
80Trip End Oct 23, 2006
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Around 16:00 we came off the main road & drove across the "black" desert on some seemingly arbitrary path to a hostel in Merzouga. Dropped off our packs (we'd previously packed daypacks) in one room of the hostel; tied on my sesh "Arab style"; jumped on a camel & headed into the Sahara across the stunning Erg Cheddi dunes.
Very, very, very cool to ride on a camel :-))
The funniest part, though, is the common comment from us single women that we felt a bit more 'stretched' than anticipated ..
Dinner was a feast - dish was called Kahlia - a stew with ground beef, green peas, & tomatoes. It was served on a communal plate with bread placed around the edges of the low tables. The very best part of my night was to lay on the carpets and look at all the stars before a completely full moon rose above the dunes. Most of us slept under the moon & starlight. The moonlight was so bright that someone asked that we "turn off the moon" before coming to bed. For me, it could not have been more perfect.