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  1. Desert Songs: A Woman Explorer in Egypt and Sudan
    Desert Songs: A Woman Explorer in Egypt and Sudan
    Desert Songs: A Woman Explorer in Egypt and Sudan
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  2. Desert Songs: A Woman Explorer in Egypt and Sudan

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Arita Baaijens gave up her job as an environmentalist nearly twenty years ago, and has been exploring the deserts of Egypt and Sudan with her small camel caravan ever since. In Desert Songs she recounts her passion for the desert, the place she loves and fears.

On one level Desert Songs reads as an ode to camels, vistas and horizons, nomads and exploration. On another it is a story about an inward journey, a rite of passage. It is about leaving the world you know to venture into the unknown where you discover your true strength. How strong are you when there’s no backup? Where do your limits lie? Baaijens sets out on a voyage of self-discovery and unrelenting physical trials to find the answers. The experience changes her forever.


Arita Baaijens
The American University in Cairo Press
The American University in Cairo Press
over 100 colour illustrations
over 100 colour illustrations
The American University in Cairo Press
The American University in Cairo Press
Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Very few of us ever discover what our Bliss might be, let alone find the psychic energy or courage or whatever it takes to follow a path that might lead us to it. This is particularly true for the so-called weaker sex. But in Desert Songs, Arita Baaijens, the intrepid Dutch photo-journalist, breaks all the rules to go on a modern day heroine's solitary inner and daunting outer journey to `follow her bliss'. Via her vivid thoughtful narrative and spectacular photography she takes us on her extraordinary adventures in the deserts of Egypt and the Sudan. We travel with her, all the way from the first feeling of the little girl's deep sense of longing as she gazes longingly at a desert painting, to abandoning a secure home and job, and onward: to battling sandstorms while trying to subdue recalcitrant camels, desperately hunting for them when they run off, coming to love and respect them,then struggling to overcome cultural barriers with nomad guides and bodyguards in Darfur "where... Read more
Desert Songs by Arita Baaijens is a book that captured my spirit of wanderlust and wonder! This is the descriptions of a woman explorer in the deserts of Egypt and Sudan . Arita felt the call to find her inner spirit and she left her job in Amsterdam, left everything and everyone in her life and went to the desert in search of her inner meaning. Unbelievably, she bravely set out alone with a map and camel on her first desert wandering, twenty years ago, for a three month trek, never having been in a desert environment before. The book is a mixture of travelogue and spiritual quest, with the journey far more important than the destination or scenery. She fell in love with the mistique and vast lonliness of the sandscape and repeated her desert wanderings each year for twenty years, subsequently with the help of a guide, and she even joined a forty day camel drive with a caravan of over 400 animals for about 1,000 kilometres, the only woman among Arab men, but with the protection of... Read more
The Dutch explorer and photo-journalist, Arita Baaijens, has produced a visually stunning and moving account of her 20 years in the North African desert. Desert Songs captures the author's love of the desert, its stark beauty and fierce extremes, her admiration for the nomads who eke out an existence in the camel trade, and her great affection for her camels who helped and befriended her along the way. Baaijens' humanity transcends the cultural differences. She is sensitive and courageous in confronting the challenges of the 40-day desert trek and forceful and gentle in exploring a way of life that few would dare to experience first hand. Her writing brings alive an ancient way of life that is fast disappearing in this present age. The reader comes away utterly fascinated and feeling a renewed respect for and sense of the humanity that unites us all.
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