The Sahara Desert


There’s always a first for everything. First time stepping foot in the famed Sahara desert. First time trekking up and down sand dunes on a camel. First time camping overnight in the desert in the midst of a sandstorm. First time experiencing a sandstorm…

How do I rate my first time experiences, seeing that I’ve had countless first time experiences in the last 7 months alone? It’s easy to become numb and detached to these amazing experiences, but when I reflect on these first time experiences clocked in a span of just 2 days in the Sahara, my mind is boggled. I dig deeper to find the impact of these first time experiences on my self as a whole, and search for the emotion connected to the experience. How many can truly say that they’ve never felt more terrified of falling off a camel especially when it lurches down a sand dune? How many can speak of the extreme discomfort that comes when sand lashes against their face during a sandstorm? How many can laugh about the times when they had to attend to ‘toilet business’ in the vast darkness of the desert and getting spooked out by unknown creatures lurking beyond?

First time experiences can be unique and unforgettable for each individual. We may not have had the starry desert night sky we dreamed about, or the breathtaking sunrises and sunsets, but we had our own Sahara desert experience and that’s something no one can ever take away from us.


6 thoughts on “The Sahara Desert

  1. Hi! I’m a big fan of your blog, I admired your travels and photos a few times already and you also gave me a great idea about going to Santorini this autumn 🙂
    The photos from the desert are awesome. Are you planning to stay in Africa for a while?

  2. Pingback: Where the last 6 months of travel have taken us (Part II) | bilbyandbear

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