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Camping Out in the Sinai Desert
December 8, 1999

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Bedouin guides playing game in sand of rocks and camel dung (Salaam in Nike hat)
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Whoooohoooooo! We're movin' now!
What would you do if you had to live and sleep in the middle of the desert? Do you think you could survive? Do you think you would like it? Jasmine and I learned what it's like on a camping trip with an 8th grade class of students from Cairo. First of all, it gets really cold at night. There aren't many trees around, and we were not allowed to use anything that was still planted for fuel. Guess what we had to use? Camel dung! Eeeeeeeeeeeeeewwwwww!

The Bedouins are people who live in the Sinai desert. They were our wonderful guides. They showed us how to do lots of things, even ride camels! They know the desert really well. We wouldn't have known what to do without them.

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Jazz with some boys at their fire their camp site
They helped us to create warm fires, they cooked dinner for us, and they told us stories while we drank tea. One by one the stars came out until the whole desert sky was lit up. I have never seen stars like that in my life. The desert can be a very harsh place, but with our friends, the Bedouins, it was a lovely trip.


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