Wednesday, 1 December 2010

Sand Dunes

I am one of those people that loves to share holiday pictures and stories, no matter what. You'll have to bear with me over the next few posts, while I get it all out of my system.

Living in London means I very rarely see things aside from buildings, roads and lots of cars. One thing that I love about the Middle East is that there are places for you to get away from all that and really experience some actual nature. Qatar, in particular, has a lot of desert space. It does seem to go on forever. When offered the chance to take a convoy of cars, to go off-roading through the desert and the sand dunes, I jumped at the chance.

There were seven cars (a Hummer, a Range Rover, a Pajero, a Wrangler, amongst others) in our convoy. Because the desert is so vast and empty, people usually go in convoys of at least 3 cars, so that you don't get lost and so there's support if any cars get stuck in the sand.

It was definitely an experience of a lifetime. The sand dunes went up and down, resulting in some pretty cool driving. I, unfortunately, wasn't allowed to drive (thanks dad), but my dad and brother drove our car, and it was really fun. Imagine a really long roller coaster, where the car isn't connected to anything, so there's a chance of the cargetting into a few accidents. There was a lot of going up and down and as the sand was really soft, the driving was really unsteady. There were a lot of curves, and even some driving vertically and sideways (as in the sand wasn't straight, but sideways).

Soon after my brother took the wheel, our car got stuck. Apparently, it's not a proper trip unless at least one of the cars get stuck in the dunes. And ours definitely wasn't the only one to get stuck.
It was a good idea to go in a big convoy, as when we got stuck, all the guys from the other cars came running with their shovels and muscles to help us out and dig us out (the guys were all pretty attractive, which definitley helped the situation).
Don't let these pictures deceive you: the car was pretty wonky. My door wouldn't open as it was being opened upwards.



After driving for another half hour or so, we got to our destination, which was a lovely little strand of water, where we all parked up, got a portable BBQ's running and had a litle picnic.
It was really hot. I don't think I've ever been in such strong heat before, and I loved it. Although, I did end up with a small case of sunstroke that evening, it was worth it. I know everyone at home was complaining about the cold, so I did feel really happy to be chilling in the sun and sea.
(wearing New Look t-shirt and bottoms)

And when it got too hot, it was fun to just sit in the boot of the car:

We stayed a few hours and as we were packing our things, we saw the most surreal thing. A jeep drove by, and in the passenger seat, with it's head out the window, was a little Cheetah!! I've only seen Cheetah's at the zoo, so seeing one sit casually in a car was definitley out of the ordinary. It had all of us pointing and going 'OMG, did you see THAT?'

Just before we head off, there was a chance for everyone to show off their driving, by going down a very steep sand hill.

I wish I was in the Hummer for this, but it was definitely fun driving down in no matter what car (my mum would disagree). It was really scary and I was holding on for dear life.

The drive back through the dunes was spectacular. There were all the fun bumps that were around when we were coming, but the sun was setting as we were heading back, and this gave us some absolutely breathtaking views.

This was such a fun experience, and would recommend it to all of you guys to do. Just be really careful if you're driving, make sure there are loads of you going and drink tons of water!!!

Sherin xx


thingsIlove said...

Seems like you had a lot of fun!

Lee Oliveira said...

Fabulous.. I m doing the same kind of sand trip with my family soon

Imogen said...

Wow it looks amazing especially since its so different from what we all usually experience.

WeShop said...

Great pics. Don't worry - I love seeing people's holiday snaps. xx

Tanvi said...

I am looking forward to this soooon!!! Did it like may be a decade back ... Looks so much fun. said...

It looks amazing and fun!

Cafe Fashionista said...

Ooh, what a fun experience, Sherin! Though the cheetah story truly tops it all off - how incredibly cool!! :)

michelle_ said...

seems like an amazing experience there !!
thanks for sharing :)

glisters and blisters

FashionJazz said...

This looks amazing and soo much fun darling! Happy wednesday Mwah xx

daisychain said...

I would LOVE to do that! Amazing.

Anonymous said...

That looks so cool! you look like you are having a blast! so much better weather from London I assume haha

Miss Neira

Cindy Whitehead said...

great trip - woudl love to do this sand dunes trip - you guys had an amazing time. Sending your blog to my USA friend who is going on vacation to the middle east in February. You have lots of fun things to do that will give her ideas!

ana said...

Sherin!! these pics are sooo cool! I love seeing pictures of places I have no idea they exist!! because you always learn something!!! thanks for sharing ;)
and for your sweet comments always!

Jennifer Fabulous said...

How freaking fabulous!! It sounds like you are having quite an adventure over there! I love all these photos. I wish I could be there. It looks like SO much fun!

BonBon Rose Girls Kristin said...

That looks so scary and at the same time loads of fun!

Unknown said...

This looks absolutely amazing! I so wish I was there and not here in the snow :(

Maria Fallon said...

Sherin, this looks super fun! I went on an off-roading thing once but it was only a course and not proper like this! Glad you had some hunky men to help out too ;) Haha! I'm glad you had a good holiday I think it will have done you good to chill out and relax for a while too :)

Maria xxx

Clare said...

Oh my word. This looks completely amazing. Wowow, you are right. This is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Anonymous said...

When I lived in Idaho we would go the sand dunes and jump off them and have a big bonfire.

Marina said...

amazing pics!!!

xx Marina

Dressing Up For Me said...

Oh my, these pictures are fantastic! Would love to be there someday. :)

By the way, I gave you an award. ;)

Rachel @ The Haute Notes said...

Amazing photos, Sherin! It looks like it was a lot of fun! And so cute that you saw a cheetah!

Unknown said...

looks very nice. especially does it look hot =) have fun!

(new post: Sneak-a-peak: Knits & follow me)

Sami said...

wow looks amazing! I would've loved to drive on something like that... and the dessert looks so beautiful...

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