|The pool at Source Bleue de Meski|
Having dropped Verou off in Erfoud we found our meeting point, the Hotel Tizimi. We decided to have a light lunch as there was still over an hour to go before we were due to be picked up for our desert experience. Lunch was an excellent affair as we shared 3 versions of briouattes. Briouattes are filled with meat (mostly chicken or lamb) mixed with cheese, lemon and pepper. They are wrapped in warqa (a paper-thin Moroccan dough) and are a bit like a samosa in taste. The variants we had were beef, chicken and cheese which we shared.
At the assigned hour our lift arrived and we loaded our overnight bags and ourselves into his 4x4. As we drove out of town I commented on the amount of rubbish that was scatted around. We were informed that the local rubbish dump was close by and the plastic bags were being blown by the strong wind. Hmm, not a good intro to the Sahara. The further we got out of town the more we appreciated the expanse of the area. We were taken to the Auberge Du Sud where we were offered the traditional mint tea as relaxed waiting for our “drom” (read that as dromedary) ride out for our overnight desert experience.
|Drom shadows on the sand|
|Slumbing it Berber style|
Dinner was at 07:30 and started with bread and olives followed by a salad of tomatoes, cucumber, onions, squash, rice, potatoes; this was followed by a beef tagine, and then a vegetable tagine and then cooked chicken. We have no idea who else was supposed to be coming, but they didn’t turn up! And then we had a bowl of fruit – phew!! We had been promised entertainment and this was laid on by the drom handlers in the form of percussion music and singing, they sang a few songs and started to do some dancing which they encouraged us to join in. Hanna took up the challenge as Tamsin and I were the only people to decline from the 11 of us. They then got us all involved in playing the drums I was offered the cymbals which I was useless at (it helps if you have a sense of rhythm) and singing along. Sadly they then asked the American girl if she could sing a song, she choose the American National Anthem – I’ll make no comment. After this it was off to bed as we had an early start to see the sunrise over the dunes at around 06:30.