The camels we encountered during our trip were mainly dromidaries- the 1 humped model!
These ships of the desert have carried man and cargo over the centuries, aiding the Trans- Saharan trading development. Nowadays, their ancestors earn their living by transporting travellers and tourists from near and far, into the Saharan experience. Plus probably having more photo shoots than a pack of supermodels!
Apparently camels live to about 25 years of age, the camels on our trek were probably between 12 and 14 years of age. They are bought and sold at the local markets.
When a camel is too old to work, or it dies, its meat is used for food - apparently it is mainly the inhabitants of the Saharan villages that eat this tough meat. Their skin is used for materials,- tent coverings, bags etc, and the bones are used as knife handles etc!
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Probably the most popular drink in Morocco. It was introduced in the 19th century by the british (who else?). Here they use the Green Tea (Gunpowder) with mint leaves and sugar.
It is not only a drink (better than water for the thirsty moments) but a tradition and a ceremony (they prepare it pouring it from one glass to another). If you are offered tea, it's considered unpolite to say NO, so you better get used to it.
You are even supossed to accept 3 glasses of tea at least, the 4th you can refuse... They say the 1st one is full of sugar as life, the 2nd sweet as love and the 3rd bitter as death!!
Drinking tea again and again !
Maybe the Berbers drank so much tea because they talked and sang a lot !! As far as I'm concerned, I had never drank so much tea, especially when it's so strong. But it was good anyway.
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