from Aquabaat to Wadi el Kebir

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I was up for my first entire day of desert experience! The team had prepared a simple but nutritious breakfast so I was ready to leave El Aquabaat behind me.  A long walk to a 'desert'ed landscape where black and white were bound to change into another. If you looked with great attention, you could see some forms in the stones on the ground. Pretty cool! I had only started walking for like 2 hours and I couldn't get like any water through the hose of my camel bag! I was quite thirsty, the sun is not to be underestimated! Sand (no really, lol) seemed to be the problem.  Suddenly I could see the only form of vegetation, a palm tree. That would be our lunchspot. I've found it pretty hard to determine distances in the desert, it is always further then you seem to expect.

The palm tree was part of an oasis called 'Ain El Maqfi', announced by the first sign mentioning I was walking in a national park. We had a 3-hour rest  and took off again some 3 hours later, purpose was to escape the most heat. The landscape looked pretty the same for a while but after bigger rocks started to form themselves into the little hills. A little advice: always look behind you if you are in this region and while walking, the view is always different, beautiful!

After some hours of walking I started to get quite tired, but hey I saw another tiny oasis in the distance! This would be my goal and point of relief to refresh a bit.  There was a tombstone of an old Roman Emperor that is 2000 year old ( or at least that is told) and inside the shrine you could see the remainings.

Wadi El Kebir - big valley
.... a tombstone next to an oasis, ... what a mystical world. After that We were about to reach ' Wadi El Kabir', that's 'big valley' in Arabic. Another change of landscape, more vegetation and tracks of animals everywhere... I reached this valley while the sun set and again how the light influenced the colours all around you were such a night experience. A had the feeling the former hours of walking were only a passageway to the real desert and it looked like I was going to be right.  Night camp day 2!

 Mohammed and co were preparing dinner, it seemed like to be roasted chicken, mmm! Delicious I was very hungry at that time. After dinner our team played some music, bedouinstyle because they are all descendants of settled bedouins. It was really great next to the fire, singing and dancing and joking around. After that I tried to relocate my sleeping spot for that night, Under a palm tree and a sky of stars and I don't know what else.....It was about to be a kinda strange and special night! More about that in the next entry...

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Wadi El Kebir - big valley
Wadi El Kebir - big valley
lion head
lion head
oasis near tombstone
oasis near tombstone
view to the desert
view to the desert
skeleton of a 2000-year old Roman …
skeleton of a 2000-year old Roman…
sunset
sunset
preparing for dinner
preparing for dinner
my sleeping spot for day 2 in the …
my sleeping spot for day 2 in the…
Bedouin music : presenting on tabl…
Bedouin music : presenting on tab…
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