18.09.2015 - 18.09.2015
Today we had some time to kill, the camel ride was scheduled for the afternoon so we had the whole day to relax at the pool, have lunch and relax at the pool again. For the camel ride we had to put some stuff in a daypack, the rest of our luggage we can put in one of the Auberges rooms. We gathered at the terrace and saw 'our' camels arrive and get set for 'their' tourists. Some of us wanted their scarves in the traditional way wrapped around their heads and the hotel staff was kind enough to help them with that. Getting on the camel wasn't easy for everyone, and as the camel is getting up you have to hold on! Our guide is not getting on a camel, he walks along side and takes pictures of us with our own cameras. Funny moment as the front half of the camels walk on while the back half stands still and one of the girls in front of me is screaming 'I'm Loose'.'our' camels arrivingThank god the camels don't feel like taking off so the issue is quickly taken care of. Only a few minutes into the ride we are surrounded by sand dunes andcivilization is nowhere to be seen. Liesbeth is riding the camel with the supplies so she can't really get comfortable (to the extent that is possible on a camel) Halfway she decides she wants to walk instead so we stop to let her get off the camel, with some encouragement of the rest of us our guide gets on the camel instead.
We arrive in our desert camp a little bit before sunset so we have to run to get to the top of the sand hill to only just mis the sunset, damn. We do stay on the hill for a bit to enjoy the view only to come down when from the camp someone shouts 'dinner!!!!!' Another (smaller) group arrived at the camp as well, they watched the sunset from the camel's back. In the area between the tents there are two low tables and cushions/mattresses to sit on, and dinner is no surprise: Tajine. I let Nicole open the bottle of wine we brought and the crew brings us some glases. After dinner, music. Not really my thing so I wander off outside the camp, I'm not the only one, there are more stargazers among us. The stars are even more bright than last night with now and then a shooting star, I saw three throughout the night. The music in the background, the stars above what else do we want?
We can choose to sleep in the tents or under the stars, I chose the latter. We get a blanket and if were still cold we gat get another one from the box. After a bit I realize there are less people sleeping outside than I thought so I can put another mattress on top of mine, thats much better! I don't know how much or little sleep I got, I remember staring at the stars and then someone turned the lights on in one of the tents and then the noise of pots and pans.So there is wine!I sat up and there was one of the crew with hot tea.
It's just tea, freshen up a bit at the one basin at the toilet room and back on the camel again. We thought sunrise would also be a miss for us since the air was a bit cloudy but it turned out okay and we all got the nice pictures. Back at the Auberge we decide to first have breakfast and shower later, we didn't smell like camel very much anyway (or at least we thought)