Imagine stumbling upon that when you’re wandering in the hot desert sands. This patch of blue and green was several miles away from the the town of Siwa, and completely surrounded by sand as far as the eye could see in all directions. Any wonder that people thought oases were just a product of their fevered imaginations, sent by the devil to exacerbate their thirst and desperation? I have a whole new appreciation for, and not limited to their humor, Thompson and Thomson of the Tintin comic books to whom I’ve paid tribute in the title of this post, when they were arguing about whether or not they beheld a mirage or the real deal…

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