Israel trip Camel We arrived to the edge of the Ramon crater and were greeted by a small group of Bedouin people who served us an authentic meal of chicken (cooked in a stone stove), rice, fatir, potatoes and sweet potatoes. The surrounding area was pure desert. The guide told us that his lineage had lived in the desert for a very very long time. He explained to us some of the ins and outs of living in the desert claiming that “there are many little things here in the desert that only those that have lived here for a long time can see”. He finished his introduction by saying “I believe everyone has a deep connection to the desert as we all have ancestors who had been here at some point”.

Then half of the group went on a small camel tour to the edge of the cliff while the rest of us stayed back (to wait our turn) and got some one on one time with the herd of camels. Each one truly had an identity of its own. Some were rambunctious while others were more mellow. Some were curious of us while others stayed back. Some were boastful (as shown by inflating an air sac in their cheek) while others were more modest.

The view of the crater was breathtaking. The cliff acts as a barrier separating two ecosystems.  As we left, the guides asked Noam to have us all leave positive reviews on Trip Advisor. Noam said he would tell us to do so as long they promised to never change. One of them quickly responded “does it look like we’re going to change?”.

Samuel Abramson