As we were driving out of the village, we stopped in a narrow gorge for another photo opportunity too good to be missed. I had just raised my camera when the raucous blaring of a car horn deafened us and
shattered the silence. Turning, I could see a 'lady' glaring at me from behind the wheel of an expensive-looking new Pajero four wheel drive land cruiser, thumping the horn button for all she was worth. I indicated with a
cheery smile that I would only be a couple of seconds .. not, I might add, with a two finger salute .. but this did nothing to calm her impatience.
A stream of Hassaniya Arabic profanities issued forth from her car
window, which .. if translated .. would probably have made a sailor blush !! When we moved so that she could get past, she roared off into the distance doing an excellent impersonation of the evil-minded
Cruella de Ville
from the Walt Disney 101 Dalmatians film, leaving behind a huge dust cloud that could probably be seen from 10 kilometres away !!!
Mauritanian ladies are much more emancipated than any others I have seen in West Africa ..
sometimes a few are found to be a little too emancipated, leading to unnecessarily rude behaviour.
Methinks her experiences in
the peace and quiet of the oasis had not calmed the savage beast within ... I do hope she didn't have more than a few punctures on her way home !!