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Sometimes, actually most of the time, we are disappointed to find out that stories we were told as kids do not correspond to reality. This has happened more than once to me when I departed on my journeys, driven by the untameable desire to find peace and tranquility, only to find out that reality was less romantic than how people had portrayed it to me. Most of the time there is no romanticism in real life, yet sometimes there is. Let me illustrate this line of thought with a few examples.
Childhood stories had always made me imagine that the desert is an endless space, untouched, brutal and mystifying. When I first set out to explore Jordan's Eastern deserts, I was startled to find it exactly as described above – however, my state of astonishment did not last very long. Five minutes later the bedouin next to me pointed out that he had lived several years in Austria a few minutes away from us and that he loved our beer. Suddenly the desert didn't seem so oriental anymore. Being in a state of a globetrotter's ecstasy there was another time when I was displeasingly shaken up and confronted with reality: Hiking up Mount Sinai in Egypt where Moses is said to have received the ten commandments. I enjoyed the solitude and the cold and sandy air. When I had finally had made it to the top I was covered in sweat but just came right in time to watch the rising sun covering the red mountains in even redder light. It was absolutely breathtaking! I figured
Have you ever talked to the beduins in the Negev, jumped off the crusader-walls into the sea in Akko or chatted with some Arab sheikhs in the Old Town in Jerusalem? Israel's the right place for this - read my blog...