The Wisdom & the Lure of the Desert
"Show me a desert, as you would show another man a river, or another man the metropolis of his childhood." - Almasy
next morning we woke and came out of our tents at five. Too
cold to sleep. We stepped towards the fires and sat in their light
in the larger darkness. Above us were the last stars. There would
be no sunrise for another two hours. We passed around hot glasses
of tea. The camels were being fed, half asleep, chewing the dates
along with the date stones. We ate breakfast and then drank three
more glasses of tea."
"In Tassili I have seen rock engravings from a time when the Sahara people hunted water horses from reed boats. In Wadi Sura I saw caves whose walls were covered with paintings of swimmers." - The English Patient
T. E. Lawrence: All men dream; but not equally. Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds Awake to find that it was vanity; But the dreamers of day are dangerous men. That they may act their dreams with open eyes to make it possible
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