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Photo of the day: a day in the desert… in a single picture. A million stars hotel…

I thought I could write a post about this, but honestly I think that the photo speaks for itself. Just a few words will be more than enough!

It’s “Eid el Adha” these days in Egypt, that means everyone has a week off for the feast. Me and a couple of friends I met at the Characters of Egypt camp organized this trip to the desert, precisely Wadi el 7itan (7=aspirated h) and Wadi el Rayan, in the Fayoum area, about 2 hours south of Cairo.

I took this photo on the second night, when we camped between two dunes, literally in the middle of nothing. It was the first time for me to camp in a place without any sort of facility – no electricity, no toilets and no water AL ALL. I slept in my sleeping bag laying on the sand, and it was oh-so-freezing – but waking up in the middle of the night and seeing all those stars is just priceless and worth losing a night of good sleep. This is what I call “a million stars hotel!” (and just a quick note: no accommodation fee…)

I thought about cropping the picture as I am totally obsessed with composition and this one just doesn’t look perfect – but then I decided to leave it as it is, because it tells the story of the day:

10 people, 2 4×4 cars (one under my camera :p), the dunes, a looot of sand, sandboarding (see boards on the right side).

The sky. The fire. Simplicity. Peace.

Please click to enlarge

Will probably write about the rest of the trip soon :-)

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7 Responses to Photo of the day: a day in the desert… in a single picture. A million stars hotel…

  1. Ali says:

    Gorgeous! You take such amazing pictures!

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  3. Sarah Wu says:

    Just like ur last sentence ur shot is peace, simple and beautiful!

  4. camping under the stars in the Sahara desert… incredible! 1,001 Arabian Nights… true adventure.

    thanks for sharing your travel tales.
    ~cheers, @hiptraveler

  5. Jaime D. says:

    That picture is REALLY AMAZING. It is so pretty.

  6. giuliadventures says:

    Thank you so much everyone!

  7. Aly says:

    This is incredible. I love it.

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