This is the beginning of many posts about my amazing trip (see below for location details). Pictures will be arriving shortly.
In brief: Profound. I went with no expectations, and discovered a land rich with culture, identity, beauty, renewable energy, and the renewal of a close friendship.
And sand, lots and lots of sand.
I left Israel, flew to Turkey, and then on to Casablanca. All of a sudden I was filled with a sense of “stranger in a strange land”, as I began to stick out as a white person and clearly not surrounded by many Jews. While waiting for the flight to Nouakchott, it became clear that life as I know it was about to be turned upside down – people, none white, wearing what I would later know as a “Boo boo (a tank-top dress of sorts for men)”, and clothes that I would describe as “traditional colorful African garb”.
I boarded the plane, unable to communicate with anyone around me, fell asleep, and awoke as we touched down in Mauritania….