from Aquabaat to Wadi el Kebir
Old White Desert Travel Blog› entry 9 of 14 › view all entries
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.
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.
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...