When I walked outside this morning at 8:30 to my first class it was 40 degrees and cold, yet when I walked out again 50 minutes later it was warm and sunny, and turned into they type of beautiful day that is usually reserved for late summer. Welcome to life in the Shenandoah Valley. But not only was the weather wonderful, I found myself wanting to be back on cross-cultural, particularly in the dessert of the Sinai where we hung out with Bedouins, rode camels, and climbed rocks. It is often a segment of my trip that I overlook, and it was great to have such great memories flooding back.I remember the views were absolutely amazing, especially after I climbed some of the cliffs that sit all around the desert. Riding camels was extremely fun, but for those with know experience it is quite a nerve-wracking thrill; it definitely feels better than riding a bike. Some of our camels were clearly having a bad day, and were screeching the whole time. But obviously the most fascinating and enjoyable part of my time in the desert. While not like Bedouins of old, who were nomadic people, what the modern Bedouin stand for is amazing. To have the ability to survive in the dessert is simply amazing; they knew exactly where the water was, and could return to these spots whenever they needed too. Keep in mind this was before we had handy smart phones and GPS. Looking at the innovative ways they learned to cope with the dessert is also incredible. The tents we stayed in were made of goat hair, which when hot expands; lets in air and helps the tent to remain cool, and provides good shade. But as soon as goat hair gets wet, it shrinks, creating a waterproof dwelling. By experiencing the hospitality of these people and seeing first hand some of the techniques that helped these people survive for so long in the dessert really helped me appreciate the deep heritage of the Bedouins.