SDSJ3 EP2: Desert oasis

My friends all know that I’m not the most outdoorsy bloke going around. No valet, no room service and no running water normally means NO WAY. But, for this experience I was willing to push the boundaries… a little.

Sleeping under the stars of the Sahara, camel rides over wind swept dunes, camping in a 5 star Bedouin tent camp, lamb tagine cooked over coal and bread cooked in the hot sand from under the camp fire and traditional music from our amazing hosts. All sounds to good to refuse right?

Let me just fill you in on a little of what really happened. It was a great experience and something I will never forget, but not entirely how I though it’d play out.

So, that beautiful lamb tagine that you saw us cooking took about 4 hours to cook. When it was ‘ready’, it wasn’t actually cooked. I think it was a mix of a huge piece of lamb, a small tagine and the gusty winds of the Sahara desert that meant we went to bed with a dinner of Mars Bars, some weird tasting BBQ potato chips and an apple. Not really the romantic Moroccan feast I was dreaming about.

The people we met were all so beautiful. They gave us their time, love and invited us into their homes. For that I’m eternally grateful (Maybe next time I’ll pack a few protein bars in my back pack).

– Shane Delia