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On the Fly: Bedouin Style 

Published December 12, 2014 at 10:07 a.m.

click to enlarge Crossing the border on foot - JESSICA LARA TICKTIN
  • Jessica Lara Ticktin
  • Crossing the border on foot
Ever since I watched the film The English Patient years ago, I have wanted to go on a trek into the North African desert and sit under the magnificent stars at night, wrapped in a warm woolen blanket, sipping tea and sleeping in a Bedouin tent.

Well, I got to do a version of this last week. Instead of the North African desert, we were in the northern Arabian desert, and rather than just me and my husband, our three children were along with us. And, alas, I did not look as glamorous as Kristen Scott Thomas in the film, as I am now eight months pregnant and cannot sit on a camel or move very gracefully.

It might not have been The English Patient, but we did stay right across from the giant rock formation and sand dune where the 1962 movie Lawrence of Arabia was filmed. This gave me comfort; I was close to some kind of desert film and could adapt my fantasy.

This article was originally published in Seven Days' monthly parenting magazine, Kids VT.

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