Sunday, 12 April 2009

Flies come with the season of dates (Day 12)

Once again a swarm of annoying flies woke me up half an hour before sunset. It was impossible to ignore them, so I got up.

I found it quite strange to see so many flies in the middle of the desert. Later that day I asked one of our Berber guides about those annoying creatures. He explained that in the desert with the season of dates also comes the season of flies. Obviously those few palm trees we saw had dates on them almost ready to be picked.

Since just getting up was not enough to shake off all those flies, I grabbed my trusty Olympus photo camera, a bottle of water and headed up a nearby dune.

Flies followed me almost all the way up. At the top I just sat in the sand and simply enjoyed the silence. It is almost unbelievable how quiet it can be in the desert. I guess one could feel really alone on one side of a dune even with a group of drunken Scots attending a death-metal concert on the other side of it.

It really reminded me of those winter days with heavy snowfall, which muffles all the sounds of nature... without all that snow of course.

There was not even a bird to disturb this atmosphere. As a matter of fact, I was looking closely for some kind of a sign an animal left in the sand. All I could find in three days were dromedary tracks, dromedary droppings and some kind of desert-bug tracks.
I was also expecting to find at least some snake and desert fox tracks.

While soaking in the peaceful atmosphere and heat from the rising sun, I took some nice photos.
It is hard to resist pressing on the photo trigger all the time while in an environment so picturesque and unusual (for me anyway).

Before I knew it, it was time for breakfast again. I was the same as the day before, but we didn't complain because it was quite delicious. After cleaning up the table we formed our little desert caravan for the last time and headed back to where we started - Auberge LaBaraka.

A couple of days ago, when we were getting ready for the two night desert trip, we were a bit worried about different disadvantages of being in the saddle for too long (for instance heavy butt and leg pains). I think it is safe to say that none of us had any problems of that kind.
Also my clothes didn't smell so bad as I feared they would. Dromedaries were obviously well cared for.

When we got back to Auberge LaBaraka we had a hot shower, drank a pool of water and just relaxed in a shade for a while.

After a short discussion M. and I both agreed to leave on a first bus to Ouarzazate. Our friends from Switzerland also thought it would be better to move on. They even agreed to drop us off at the Erfoud bus station, to where we got just in time to catch the bus.

We kissed goodbye and left separate ways again. We were really sad to part with them. They were really nice and fun to be with. Andrea, Simone and Kim: thanks once again for everything!
We were sad to leave the dunes of Erg Chebbi behind, but there was so much of Morocco left to explore and (as always) so little time.

Together with M. we just had to agree that visiting a real sandy desert is such a strong experience, everyone who can afford it should do it at least once in a lifetime.
To really get a feel of it, you should stay at least a couple of nights.

This post belongs to a series of posts about our Moroccan adventure. If you liked the post, you should probably click on the suggested link to check out the rest of our trip.


Mike 13 April 2009 at 09:28  

Fantastic photographs and a great commentary.

Felt like i was there.

Anonymous,  12 May 2009 at 07:22  

i "found" slovenia on a map pretty easily. haha.
actually, i'm a junior in college and will be studying abroad there for a three week intensive. we're staying and working at metelkova, if you know what it is.
your photos are beautiful, by the way.


Travel-PB 12 May 2009 at 08:26  

Thanks. These photos really came out nice.

That's nice. I hope you have time to travel around in those three weeks.
There are many places worth visiting in this small and diverse country.

Yes, I do know Metelkova... actually it is only about a hundred meters away from where I work and I go there for lunch from time to time.

Welcome to Slovenia! ;)

Ricky 18 May 2009 at 13:43  

Interesting photos. You have a nice blog. Keep it up!

Windy 25 May 2009 at 14:58  

Wow! What the pretty desert photos!

jelb 14 November 2009 at 01:24  


a nice serie..Beautiful compositions and lightness..bravo!

wandering lass 9 August 2011 at 19:50  

Amazing photos!
Now I feel like visiting a desert once more.

Travel-PB 11 August 2011 at 14:33  

Thank you all!
You are welcome to check out my newest photos. There have been some really good ones published lately under the "London" label.

Michelle Cusolito 9 August 2012 at 02:31  

Thanks for visiting my blog today. I've been poking around your site and found we have lots in common. I especially love all of these posts about Morocco. I wish I had better photography skills when we were in Erg Zhigaga back in 2001. I wasn't particularly a fan of Agadir, but I LOVED Essaouira.

I hope you'll check out more of my travel photos on my blog. My most recent batch is from Salina, Italy and Sicily. Here's one on Sicily:

Travel-PB 9 August 2012 at 09:42  

@Michelle Cusolito:
I am glad you have found my blog. There are loads of useful information on different travel destinations on this blog of mine. I am sure you can find an idea or two for your next vacation here. ;)

If you ever need additional advice, don't hesitate to ask.

Michelle Cusolito 10 August 2012 at 02:17  

I especially enjoy seeing your photos. I'm following you on FB and Twitter now.

Thanks for visiting my blog, as well. Perhaps you'll return the like/follow.

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