The Lost Desert is dry, sandy, and really, really HOT. The sun beats down without mercy. Zochelle and I decided that the best plan is to do all of our sightseeing in the evenings, when the weather is cooler.
We decided browse the shops of Sakhmet first. There are various stalls selling things like exotic foods (most seem to be made of sand, but are surprisingly flavorful), pottery(the word on the street is that Osiri's urns are the best), and petpets(I almost took home a Nuk, but then he bit my paw!).
The next night, we decided to explore outside of the city walls. We visited Coltzan's Shrine and played Tug-O-War with the locals. Then we visited the city of Qasala. We had a delicious Qasalan dinner there, here's what we ate:
Eating is my favorite way to get accustomed to different cultures!
All in all, the Lost Desert is an excellent place to visit...if you can stand the heat.
Pirate Ship in the middle of ???, 19th Day of Month of Swimming
The last couple days have been totally exciting...but kind of boring at the same time.
Let me backtrack. Our original plan was to head east towards Altador, but due to a split-second decision, we are now going the completely opposite direction. A pirate ship docked on the shores of the Lost Desert. While they were loading cargo, Zochelle and I snuck aboard...that's right, we totally stowed away on a pirate ship! It was kind of a rash idea, I mean we had to leave most of our belongings behind and who knows what will happen if we get caught, but we totally went for it. After all, it's the spontaneous things like this that makes life so interesting!
Still, hiding in the cargo hold is really, really boring. It's dark, cramped, and I have no idea where we are going...but my best guess is that we are heading towards...
Krawk Island, 23rd Day of Month of Swimming
Yup, Krawk Island. We somehow managed to escape the ship unnoticed (man, those pirates are stupid!). Roaming around the island, we've noticed that the citizens here are quite...questionable. I don't think we'll stay that long...I mean, we don't have any dubloons so we can't really do anything anyways.
I did spend some time looking at the petpets at the Pirate Pet Shop...here are the ones I saw:
Mystery Island, 25th Day of Month of Swimming
Well, since we're already here we decided to completely scrap our itinerary and go to Mystery Island. But how to get there? Zochelle suggested that we swim there, so I had to gently remind her that Mystery Island is nearly 80 miles north of Krawk Island (it said so in the brochure I bought in Neovia.). Fortunately, there was a boat leaving for Mystery Island that day, so we kindly asked the owner if we could hitch a ride (we decided not to stow away again, the cargo hold can be really stuff you know!).
Mystery Island is every bit as great as I thought it would be--the weather is clear and sunny, the locals are friendly, and there's plenty to do! We spent the morning playing volleyball on the beach, then we took a Tiki Tour, enjoying the beautiful sights nature had to offer--lush foliage, Techo Mountain, the clear ocean waters...then we spent a few relaxing days doing absolutely nothing, just lying on the beach, sipping iced tea. Ahhhhhhhh, this is the life!
Lost City of Geraptiku, 5th Day of Month of Hiding
Zochelle and I decided to go explore the Geraptiku, which, um, turned out to be a not-so-great idea, because we got lost in the Deserted Tomb for THREE DAYS, and we didn't even find any treasure. It was very frustrating, and now I'm hungry and cranky.
Maraqua, 7th Day of Month of Hiding
Yes, despite our inability to breathe underwater, we managed to spend the day exploring Maraqua (don't ask how, just accept the fact that we went there, okay?). We went to some of the shops and had a lovely meal at Kelp, a fancy restaurant.
Shenkuu, 14th Day of Month of Hiding
Shenkuu is a merchant town situated high in the mountains north of Altador. The scenery is amazing--waterfalls cascading through a thick layer of mist, the ornate architecture and exotic decorations. We decided to try some local recipes for breakfast:
After breakfast, we visited some of the shops in the area, like Fanciful Fauna, where I met the cutest little critter!
As soon as I entered the store, a juma pranced on my back and stole some starberries that I kept in my knapsack...that little rascal! As soon as I saw her, I knew that I would be taking her home with me. I just can't resist her playful charm! I named her Jillian and I promised myself that I would take very good care of her.
That night, we visited the Lunar Temple to observe the brilliant night sky. Our vacation has been amazing so far, and I am kind of sad because it's nearing the end. There's still one more place to go, though, and that's....
Altador, 19th Day of Month of Hiding
Altador, the legendary land. The first place we went was the Hall of Heroes, where there are statues of the famous people of Altador. We met this eccentric yurble there, who seemed to have anger management problems. Poor guy.
Then we headed to the Atadorian Archives, where many books and scrolls are stored. Fascinating! I hope that one day, I'll be able to read every single book in there! Then Zochelle, Jillian and I visited the Colosseum and marveled at the sheer size of the building. We spent the rest of the day wandering around the shops. We bought some souvenirs for our family back home in Neopia Central. I have to say, the food here is excellent! These were our favorites:
So there you have it. It was a fantastic adventure around the world, but it's time to go home with a new friend (Jillian!) and some fantastic memories.