Friday, April 30, 2010

Me and my camels

A while ago I had written about the "possibility" I've had to relocate to a camel farm in Turkey. At that time, I rejected the proposal, and now I understand the only reason I had done it was because I had never seen a camel. Live, at least.

During my latest trip to Middle East, I went on a Safari in Abu Dhabi desert, and one of the stops was at a camel farm. And there the epiphany: I love camels. They are discreet, sweet and shy. So shy that when I got close to the first one, he run away.
I took another chance, and it was mutual friendship. I started feeding them, that's why maybe they gave me the benefit of the doubt. I was thrilled, I forgot my camera somewhere in the farm, I wasn't even thinking about taking photos of the camels. In a nutshell, I forgot anything "modern", I thought perfectly normal of moving there and living in a tent. I was mesmerised.

"Ships of the desert", camels are part of the charm that desert lands evoke. Their being the undisputed stars of such timeless beauty, their role as constant travel companions to fascinating nomad tribes, Bedouins and Tuaregs, and their being a symbol of wealth and so loyal to their owners, inevitably play a strong role in tickling such a foreign curiosity.
It was a real wrench to tear myself from these sights, and from the very moment of our departure I've started picturing my next "camel-oriented" excursion. Mongolia?

8 comments:

Alison said...

They are gorgeous! I would love to go on a camel safari :)

Giulio said...

wow, that must be a great place to be. I only met camels in zoos, I bet their social skills towards humans were not so natural. Where are you going next? Straight to Mongolia?

AngelaCorrias said...

Hi Alison, it was truly great, just, although the safari was very well organised and surely immersed us in the authentic spirit of nomadic life, it was still "made for tourists". I would love to have the possibility to spend a day or two at a camel farm, just living in a tent!

Hi Giulio, I agree that camels at the zoo weren't quite socially-oriented, and as usual it's best to see animals in their original places... Heading to China next and from there travelling throughout East Asia, so Mongolia is a must ;-). Thanks for popping in!

jessiev said...

wonderful! and what FUN photos...

Travelogged said...

I only met one camel on my trip to Turkey, and he didn't seem very interested in me. I liked him though! Here's the post if you're interested:
http://www.travelogged.com/travelogged/2009/08/a-tale-of-two-camels.html

AngelaCorrias said...

Thanks Jessie and Liz!

Liz, I'm sure he didn't look interested because he was too shy :-P
They are so sweet!

Josh said...

Sweet deal! My wife and I have traveled on camel back quite often in the Xinjiang deserts and she loves them to death.

AngelaCorrias said...

Oohh must be very nice! Hopefully I'll go to Xinjiang deserts now that I'm moving to China!

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