Sunday, September 23, 2007

Camel Safari: Desert Children

From My Recent Journey In India
Jaisalmer, January, 2007
We wake up to the smell of Chai boiling on a cooking fire nearby. What a great way to start the morning. It' cool and clear in the desert and we are very relaxed. It just happened that Aw and I are the only ones on this Safari. We were told there would be eight or ten other travelers with us, but we don't mind at all. It's as if we have the whole desert to ourselves. After a delicious breakfast of jam and toast, we pack up as our driver loads everything back onto the camels, and off we go.This village family comes out to meet us as we travel. We walk around and see goats in corrals and some chickens wandering loose. The woman on the right was making butter by hand as we approach. Our camel driver, Nourah, says these villagers welcome us and although they hope we will give them a bit of money, they are happy just to see us. There are only three of four families living here. The huts are clay with thatched roofs. Such a simple life here in the desert.

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