I can't format for some reason while skirting the social media ban here...some things work and others do not. Sigh.
We encountered a small snake in the citadel which caused quite a stir...they saw one last week also. Nadia left us alone to wander for a few minutes and when the officials at the gate learned she'd left us with the snake they were incredulous. As Nadia repeated the snake story during the day, it grew larger and larger...a fish story for sure.
At 3:30 we headed out to the great desert Kalut. Habib played ululating music, Nadia traveled to Milan in her dreams and on her Ipad, Richard and I sat tight in the back, today broiling in the heat. I have no idea how fast we were going, but we got a ticket which Habib seemed to find amusing. He kept his window open and we had shades, but no air conditioning. It wasn't as bad as it sounds..as long as you keep drinking and have enough body moisture for a continuous light sweat, you achieve an equilibrium.
The actual Kalut desert was around 115 degrees when we arrived. The metal on my camera was scary hot. After the initial shock, our bodies seemed to adjust and our hour admiring the scenery was bearable. Nadia set out across the sand to meditate for a while; Richard explored a bit; I stayed close to the yellow cab in the shade. Once we were all back, the driver, Habib pulled 4 Persian melon slices out of the trunk and we enjoyed the sweet juiciness as much as any treat I can remember. On our way back to Kerman he made another stop at a goat herder's shack and emerged laughing with ice cream and ice cold water. Driver number 5 turns out to be Driver number 1.