On the second night we had the opportunity to sleep on the roof of the hotel under the stars. Let me tell you something, you haven’t seen stars like these til your seven hours out in the middle of the Sahara desert. One of the most beautiful sights seen with my two eyes with shiny stars in every single direction and a very thick cloud which was the Milky Way. Unfortunately there was a little wind so I was yet to get a good shot of the night skies and at that point I thought that was it til the next day but I’ll get to that. The experience itself sleeping on the rooftop with my best friends was one of a kind, you wouldn’t have to look up long to see a shooting star. Spending a night up there was on my bucketlist to sleep under the stars and am so glad I did as I never had a better view while going to sleep in my life.
On the way to the next pit stop we had a chance to stop at Rachid’s village where his family lives. It was nice to see meet his uncle and see his house while we shared a Moroccan Tea. At the next stop we had the opportunity to hear the Gnawa music of Khamlia where we had some Berber Pizza which was fregin delicious. The Gnawa people sing and dance everyday to celebrate freedom from a time they were once slaves. We eventually arrived at out hotel and after some downtime by the pool our camels were ready to take us for our sunset stroll to our campsite. The camel ride in itself was very fun, bumpy but fun also crossing that off my Bucketlist.
After dinner we decided to head back into the dunes so we wouldn’t be noisy to smoke our last bit of Moroccan goodies. I got a head start from the boys as I wanted to have another crack at taking a picture of the stars. So I’m on my own and have got my camera rested on the sand aimed at the milky way. Now to take the photo of the stars you have to open up your shutter, in my case it was about 5 seconds where your camera can’t move or you’ll get a blurry photo. After a few disappointing attempts i angled the next shot and kept it as still as I could. CLICK, I grab the back of the camera to see the screen and see this shot of the milky way. In that moment I thought to myself no one is going to believe that I have just taken this photo, it looks like something off Google images. In excitement I yell to the boys who are not to far away and say to the boys have a look at this shit! They all start losing it as well. By this point I had the biggest smile on my face that my jaw was hurting and at that moment holiday mode had just fully kicked in. I have taken a lot of photos in my time but none greater then the one just snapped.
We smoked the remainder of our Moroccan goodies and Apost being the joker he is was making us laugh so loud and hard together it was really a priceless moment. We have this terminology called “platinum status” it’s when you’re laugh is going that beserk that you can’t stop, we had definitely hit platinum status at that point. At that moment it all hit me, we were in the middle of desert laughing like little kids with no one to tell us off, we didn’t have no wifi or no gadgets nor did we need any, all we had at that moment is each other and that’s all we needed. It was way to hard to soak all of it in at once especially being high as but I told the boys trust me your going to miss the desert. The uniqueness of being in the middle of nowhere with hardly anything but sand but still having so much fun will stick as one of the top moments of your lives. These people in the desert have hardly anything yet i bet they are more happy then most people who complicate there own lives more then they should.
We got to bed pretty late that night and trekked back to the hotel on our camels for an early sunrise viewing. This was our last day of the tour and everyone was feeling pretty sad. I was loving this experience badly and didn’t want to leave our two new friends. We had made it to our hostel in Fes where we were to spend the night and it was very sad saying goodbye to both Rachid and Ismail. This tour was the most incredible experience and there is no way we would have been able to discover Morocco on our own without any knowledge like our guides did. Highly highly recommend them Tenere Tours. One thing that Rachid taught me along this trip was this saying “It’s nice to be nice”. Something that has stuck with me since and on my travels, in other words a nicer way to what I go by “Dont be a c*nt”.