Welcome to the 426th Metamorphosis Monday!
It’s Sunday evening in Marrakesh. As I type this, I find myself perched on a tiny stool in the corner of my hotel room. The hotel is lovely, but like all the hotels we’ve stayed in during out time here in Morocco, sans one, the concept of providing patrons with a proper desk, chair and WiFi fast enough to do anything other than access email and Facebook (and sometimes not even that) is merely a snake charmer’s pipe dream. Only one hotel has had adequate WiFi and that was The Berbere Palace in Ouarzazate. Wish I was there now.
For this week’s Metamorphosis Monday, I thought I’d share our tented camp in the great Sahara Desert. I have to make this post short on words since it’s well after midnight here now and I need to be up early for our final day in Marrakesh tomorrow.
When we first arrived, this was our view of the camp. The tents are made of goat/sheep wool-fabric. Not sure how well it keeps out rain since we didn’t have any of that during our stay, but it definitely doesn’t keep out the super fine desert sand when the winds blow ferociously at night. That’s another story for another day. If you have thin, fine hair, visit the Sahara. It will be thicker than you’ve ever seen after just a couple of days. Remember, it’s “adventure travel” when you travel with Overseas Adventure Travel. 🙂
The little stools visible in the picture below, hold down the “walkways” which are really just rugs. For the most part they work very well as paths, that is until the strong Sahara wind has its way. Then the paths slowly begin to vanish as the desert sands do their best to swallow them up whole.
My tent was the last one on the left and I eagerly stepped inside to explore.
I didn’t realize it had a back door at first because it was partially hidden by the “doorway” of the shower on the left. The doors for the shower and toilet areas are zip closures. I think I have a photo of the shower somewhere, will add it to this post once I’m back home and have faster internet.
My tent was furnished with a chair, a small coffee table, and a bed. The only thing I’d love to have seen added was a couple of hooks on the wood frame of the tiny windows on either side. Hooks would be wonderful for holding coats, hats, etc…
You can see one of the tiny windows near the ceiling of the tent in the photo below.
The bed, though starting to sag a bit in the middle, slept very well. It was warm and cozy, important for those chilly desert nights. The only complaint I had was with my pillow. It was one of those fat ones that makes you feel like you’re sleeping with your head propped on a step or shelf. That’s a problem I tend to have no matter where I stay when traveling.
My comfy bed and the offending pillow. 😉
Our tents had working toilets and showers which was wonderful! They also had electricity, as long as you didn’t mind the occasional bzzzzzzz tickling your fingers. I warned my fellow travelers after I experienced an unexpected “thrill” turning on my bathroom light. They looked at me a little strangely but later had their own “shocking” tales to share. 😉
The view out my back door: the vast Sahara Desert!
The sand is the most amazing color of orange. Just beautiful! If you follow BNOTP on Instagram, you saw this photo earlier in the week.
The sunsets are spectacular, as are the stars that follow. There was no real way to photograph the stars for you, but just imagine your average nighttime sky back home and add another 40 billion, million, zillion, ka-trillion stars. Yeah, that ought to about do it.
One of my favorite memories from our two nights camping in the Sahara Desert was the night a group of us stood for over an hour staring up in wonder at the gorgeous nighttime sky, trying our best to identify all the wonderful stars and constellations. Our guide had an app on his phone that helped greatly with that. It’s definitely a night I’ll never forget.
In the evenings after dinner, we all loved to sit and talk late into the night.
15 people who met as strangers…
All, now friends.
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