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Well 5 am came far too quickly and the people were knocking, talking, and trying to wake us up. I almost didn’t want to get out of bed…not that it was comfortable by any means, I was just tired. But I finally climbed out of bed and put my tennis shoes on (which let me tell you, was a horrible idea) and off I went! So I start walking up the dune thinking it wasn’t going to be hard at all and it was just the opposite! I wasn’t even 1/4 the way up and my calves were burning!! With that, I decided half way up was a perfect place to watch the sunrise! So Kelsey and I sat there and enjoyed the amazing scenery. Once the sun had risen we made our way down the dune…and it was SO much easier that going up! So we got a few snap shots of the oasis and went to go get ready for the day! Right when we were ready it was suddenly time to go onto the camels! So me being my genius self decided that I should get something that can go around my wrist to hold my camera. So I get a string from a blanket and think that it’s going to hold it. Well as I am getting up onto my camel, the string…breaks. Meaning I JUST DROPPED MY CAMERA UNDER THE CAMEL INTO SAND! Yep, you guessed it…it broke. SUCH a bummer, so for the rest of the trip I have to get the pictures from other people’s cameras. Thankfully they were all really nice about it, they’d let me take my own pictures every once in a while…so I got lucky there! No worries, I am going to go check out how much it costs to fix it or even may buy a new one here…not really sure yet! Regardless there is no way I am going to Italy and Greece without a camera!!
So we started our TWO HOUR journey on camel to our next hotel, and wow I was beyond sore. I had bruises on my pelvic bone and everything! People say that camels are like horses…oh no, they are not at all! Camels move side to side so you constantly need to hold on very nice and I had to keep readjusting to get comfortable. But I am not complaining…it was an incredible adventure! The sights were beyond breathtaking, the contrast between the sand and the sky was priceless…it was just like the movies! We got to the hotel, and everyone was starving, but no worries breakfast was waiting for us! Well we inhaled our breakfast and then got into our swimsuits! We laid out by the pool for a couple of hours and wow, it was SO hot! I laid out only from like 10-1 and wow I was toasted! It was so nice though, very very relaxing! I cleaned up and then went for lunch! After lunch we went on a desert village tour! We walked around 2 miles to get there, and ah it was horribly hot! I wish I would’ve brought my turban to cool my head down! Eventually we got out of sun and were walking in the shade…along their irrigation system. With their irrigation system, there were frogs swimming, little bugs crawling and people were washing their clothes and feet in it. We walked a bit more and came upon the place they get the water out. They use big containers (similar to detergent holders) and have a mesh filter they use to “clean” their water. These little girls, probably 6-9 years old walk out here guiding a donkey to fill up water for their family…wow I really have taken for granted the easy access we have to water. This trip has definitely taught me that I have taken a lot of things for granted! After walking about an hour total we finally made it to the village and the only thing that was there were adobe houses (made of mud and straw) and dust, oh and more dust. It was a ghost town, I don’t know if people were just gone for the day or what, but I think I saw maybe 10 kids and a couple of adults…it kind of made me nervous! After the tour we made our way back to our hotel and ate dinner! Then after dinner everyone on the trip got together and partied! Molly and I shared a bottle of wine and we just relaxed, laughed and took pictures! It was pretty fun! We stayed out till like 2am and I was exhausted…so when I hit the pillow I was out like a light!
We all woke up, got ready and packed at the same time! We rushed off to breakfast, ate the amazing croissants and sweet treats they had along with the amazing fresh orange juice they had! After we ate we got our things together and brought them to our 4x4 Jeep! We rode in the jeep for about an hour and then got to the hotel we had stopped at earlier on the trip! We had about an hour to relax and lay out by the pool till lunch was ready. Kelsey, Molly and I grabbed our books and sat in the shade with our feet in the pool…it was very nice! We had a great lunch and then got back into our great bus for a 7 hour journey back to Fez! During the trip we stopped a couple of times, one at this very pretty valley and had a bit of a photo shoot! Thank goodness the views were so pretty or I wouldn’t have been able to handle the bus ride! Once we got to the hotel we were all sick of the bus and rushed off there without looking back for a second. There was dinner ready for us when we got there, but it was so late I wasn’t in any mood to eat, instead I hopped onto their computer for a bit and then just went to bed.
To come: I am submitting the next/last Africa blog right after this one! I just want to be able to show you all the pictures :]]