My two weeks of travel were over .. looking for a tasty meal and some musical entertainment on my last evening, I found the Restaurant 'Le Coup de
Torchon'. Celebrating with a very pleasant meal, accompanied by live musical entertainment and excellent service from Laure and her friendly staff .. it was a good way of starting to blend back into a European environment.. but
whilst sitting there in comfort, I couldn't help thinking about the stark differences between our lives in the so-called 'developed world' and those of the desert people we had met.
Many of us take for granted a constant supply of electricity, fresh water, a more than ample choice of
foodstuffs and material goods, instant communications and protection from the elements, in mild climatic conditions.
Once, I could not understand how anyone could survive, or why anyone would possibly want to live in the often harsh conditions of the Sahara Desert. I had not seen it
at its best .. and whilst many people have no choice of where they live .. there are certainly many more compensations than I had at first realised on my previous visit.
Mauritania and the Sahara Desert are different - fascinatingly so - St. Louis is a gem .. both needing
some time to be properly experienced and enjoyed. I hope to return and to be able to share more of their charms with you.
Luckily I did return as planned .. you can read all about those experiences HERE