An Icky Sticky Night

In  class I was told to wright a memoir, and I decided to write my memoir on my experience of my one night at the Bedouin tent.


I chose this topic because it was a very meaningful vacation. One, because I was with my whole family, and two was because I learned a great lesson, and that lesson is is that you can find happiness wherever you are.


When I learned that lesson, it changed me because it taught me that you can find happiness even in the places that seem that there is no happiness to find.


“Happiness not given you have to find it”, those were the last few words in my memoir. I want people to know that happiness is special, finding it is hard, you should always look for it and not wait for it to come.


Here is my memoir:


“You’re going to love it there,” my mom told me. My grandparents, cousins, aunts, uncles, my mom, my dad and my siblings were traveling around Israel for my sisters bat mitzvah. We were traveling by bus and the next stop was in the desert for one night. My mom would not stop saying things like “I booked this one just for you” and “this is going to be the best night ever”. I thought we were going to some fany, elegant and all inclusive hotel. Little did I know I was wrong. 

This is my story of my one night at the Bedowin tent. 

After being on a bus for over an hour, we finally arrived. As I looked around all I saw was tents, tents and more tents. I could feel the hot sand blowing in my face, but the smell was exquisite. I could smell food, chicken and rice, and let me tell you, I was excited for dinner! “Okay guys, we all get to sleep in a tent” my mom said, “tent singular?!” I asked. 

This time I thought my mom was crazy, I knew this had to be some kind of a joke. Again I was wrong. “Your tent is this way,” the guide said. After walking around the substantial piece of land, we arrive at our tent. There were no beds, no bathroom, just noisy people next door. “We should all set up our mattresses” mom said. She pointed to the pile of mattresses in the corner. They looked repellent and there was no way I was gonna sleep that night. Me and my cousins obviously chose beds right next to each other, and it was so fun. We all had downloads on our ipads, so after a long day we watched some TV. “You guys are filthy” Uncle Aaron said, “go take a shower”. The thought of taking a shower, with other people in the stall right beside me, made me nauseous. But I swallowed my pride and walked to the shower house anyway. My sister and I, Jenny, chose stalls right next to each other so that we could throw over the 

shampoo and conditioner. Not gonna lie it was a really great shower. There was warm water and it was really fun to have people around me. The perfect word to use to describe the way I was feeling is comforting. Finally when I was done my shower I walked back to the tent to get ready for dinner. I can remember this memory vividly. As I was walking back to the tent I saw people eating all together. It was dinner time. It was such a great feeling watching people altogether and the minute I saw that, I knew this was one of the best moments of my life. When I got back to the tent I got dressed and went to another tent for dinner time. We sat on the floor. Even though I knew it was weird, I didn’t care because I was starving. Chicken and rice, finally I was right about something! The chicken tasted succulent. The taste was one I can’t seem to forget, It was amazing. It was around 9:30 pm and we were sitting on our beds just talking and I could hear the wind blowing outside. Even though it was not very late, we were all very tired. After talking for over an hour we all finally fell asleep.

It was hard to sleep that night. One, because it was very cold,  two because the people next door could not get any louder, and there was because the beds were so excruciating. After a good hour I fell asleep, but not for long. I kept on waking up, over and over again, finally falling asleep. 

The morning was cold, but I could feel it getting warm. The minute I woke up the guide rushed me to a big cabin to eat breakfast. “But I am not hungry yet” I said, “well you won’t be hungry later because it is going to get very hot, very fast and you are not going to wanna eat when it’s warm outside”. I couldn’t argue because after all, he knew better then I did. Eggs, yogurt, cereal, pancakes, waffles and much more. The word delicious sounded like an understatement. It was mouth watering. Moments later everyone joined me. We all ate fast because my mom said she planned a special surprise. My energy that morning was the best mood I was probably ever in, considering I did not get a lot of sleep, and a surprise sounded awesome. 

“Keep your helmet on at all times” The guide said. Camels, camels were my mom’s surprise. And even though it did not look too comfortable, it looked fun! We all got on camels and I shared one with my dad. I can vividly remember we named him Albert, and he seemed like a happy camel! After riding the camel around the dessert, it was time to pack up and leave. 

Leaving was the last thing I wanted, which was weird because at the beginning all I wanted to do was leave and now I understood why I had so much fun. I was with my family, all bonding together. And from that moment one, I understood a great lesson, and that is, is that you can find happiness wherever you are, as long as you have the right people around you, and that happiness is not given, you have to find it. 


I hope you like it!: Sasha



  1. Hi Sasha,
    I think your post is really good and inspiring. I really liked your moral of the story where you can find happiness anywhere. keep posting.


  2. Hi Sasha, I really liked your post because it was as if you were brining me with you on the trip and I could see what you were thinking and feeling. I also think your conclusion really summed up your whole memoir which was great!

    Do you think that your moral has helped you throughout life since that trip?

    -Joey Sh

    • Not that I can remember! All I know is that this place really impacted me!

      • Oops! I think I was understanding your question differently, I tell myself that lesson every single day! waking up telling myself that tomorrow is going to be a good day is not a thing I do. I tell myself every day that I’m gonna make today great!

  3. melissathompson

    Dear Sasha,
    I too, remember the time I slept in a Bedouin tent. I was 14 and was in Israel with my class. I was petrified of scorpions, and slept wrapped up like a cocoon!
    You are very lucky to have had this experience. Things that are different and take us out of our comfort zones help us grow.
    Was there any other place in Israel that you visited that stands out?

    Thanks for sharing!
    Mrs. Thompson

    • Not that I can remember too well! I really enjoyed the time I spent in Tel Aviv! In my opinion it was not as memorable but it was still pretty fun!

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