Blogoff Post: Camping
Our next camping adventure was the Camel Safari into the desert with the Bedouin, my second camel ride in two days. We met the group of Bedouin men in a makeshift camel ‘carpark’ and I can’t remember whether we selected our camels or if the camels selected us. I don’t think I’d ever get used to a camel getting up off the ground with me on its back. Our mattresses were slung over the camels’ backs and we journeyed deep into the rocky desert.
When we arrived, we slung out our mattresses on the ground and the Bedouin entertained us with camel races. That evening, they cooked us food, danced with us, and sang ‘That’s the Way, aha, aha, I like it, aha, aha.’ yes it was KC and the Bedouin band.
I started to think of my Egypt experience as the Sunrise -Sunset tour as I was awake for every sunrise (very unusual for me) and every sunset.
Then we went on our 3 day felucca cruise on the Nile. The boat’s captain was also our chef. And our mattresses on the deck were also our day beds, and our dining room. But I tell you, despite the search for somewhere appropriate to ablute when we stopped at shore, I have never been more relaxed in my life. Bliss!
Of course, I didn’t mind sleeping out in the open but when I had a choice of pitching a tent or upgrading to a hotel room for 10 egyptian pounds, I always opted for the four walls and the bed.
So, if you ask me if I want to go camping in the Aussie bush, you’re very likely to get a resounding ‘No thanks’ – but if you were to say, let’s go and camp out in Egypt, I’d be there again any day. I’ll even put up with the ‘long drops’ just to experience that amazing country again.
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