We finally made it to the Bedouin tents after a very long bus ride. I was expecting to be in tiny tents. However these tents were huge, made of thick blankets and filled with soft foam mattresses and sleeping bags. In addition, there was lighting, space heaters and electricity. For someone like me who is used to simpleton camping, this was incredibly luxurious.
We learned more about Bedouins and heard and sung some songs. The power went out. It came back on. We then went to eat the most delicious food. We sat on the comfy mats and ate pita filled with chicken and rice, hummus, and many good vegetables. No plates, no tables but the spices in the food were unbelievably tasteful.
After dinner we hiked out in the dark to this spot behind the tents. The stars were really out, there were so many! The moon was bright and despite the darkness it seemed like you could see for miles..that there was nothing. Here I was literally in the middle of the dessert!!
We then split into individuals and each found our own spot. We turned off our flashlights and sat in the darkness. I felt at one with the universe. Time seemed to stand still. I felt really in tune and able to focus, despite my lack of sleep. I slowly started to bawl when I was thinking and quickly became overwhelmed with everything. Its been so hard to describe how this trip has really helped me to see who I am and its been awesome.
After counting stars we made it back to the camp site and sat around a campfire singing songs and talking. We gave gifts to our Mystery Moses and shared what have been highlights of our trip. We did our group chant, “How strong are you?”, “too strong” as well as “What kind of power do you have?”, “soul power”. (We chanted that our first night. It was quite a strong and powerful evening and I was exhausted.