Departures (2008–…): Season 2, Episode 2 - Libya - full transcript

After many visa difficulties, Scott and Justin are finally allowed to enter Libya. They travel from Tripoli to Jebel Nafusa, before getting lost in the abandoned city of Ghadames. They wander around the maze of empty streets and homes before finding each other again, and drive deep into the Sahara desert to climb some of the world's largest sand dunes, and sand-board in their own private oasis.

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(film sound)

(slow music)

- All the pictures I've ever seen of

Libya, they don't look real.
When it comes to North Africa

it's the one country

with the biggest sand dunes in the world.

- Combine that with the fact
that its doors have been closed

to Western visitors
for more than 20 years.

And you've got one of the
most amazing destinations

on earth.

(soft song)



After traveling the world for a year,

Justin and I, we were charged
with a whole new energy.

- As I got further away from my old life

I started to realize that
this is where I need to be.

This is now my lifestyle.

- One day I hope to say
that I've seen the world

but that day's not here yet.

(upbeat music)

We're in a Casablanca Morocco.

Been here for a couple of days

just trying to sort out a
visa in order to enter Libya.

This is where we're told our
visas were supposed to be

but we went to the embassy and
they said, they're not here.

And then we are back.
Since we have our cameras



its been nothing but a big, big problem.

Scott's in there trying to deal

with it right now, I feel bad for a guy.

- It's a bit of a kerfuffle.

And I'm trying to just
locate different train

times right now to go from Casablanca.

To Rabat.

It's a bit of an hour North of here.

- I knew it was serious,

but I didn't think it
was kerfuffle serious.

I love the warranty. (laughs)

- So now we have to get
a train North to Rabat

get our visas, hopefully processed there.

- What kind of goose
chase we on Mr. Wilson?

- This visa exists.

It's just, they don't just give them away.

We've just left the Libyan embassy

which is behind us here in Rabat.

And we finally have Libyan visas.

That's it.

That's what we came for.

Now we can go to Libya.

- Can't wait to fill this
up, open another line.

Where do I stamp it?

And I'm like, just stamp it on my wrist.

- The pieces have finally
all fallen into place.

After a lot of running
around, we've got our ticket

booked to Tripoli and that's
our flight waiting right

there. As I was going through
customs, the guard kind of

pats me down and has a look
at my passport and the ticket

and says an Arabic, blah,
blah, blah, blah, blah

Tripoli ha ha ha.

He gives my passport back to me.

And he's like phone via
shows like why (laughs)

The Sahara desert was something
that we totally missed out

of North Africa.

So we wanted to continue on.

And we figured where
else better than Libya

which holds an enormous
amount of the Sahara desert.

(hooting)

(soft music)

The mates, to Libya
starting here in day one

in Tripoli at the Mediterranean
is really a milestone.

This is a place where 15,
20 years ago, we would never

have been allowed in the country.

The fact that we want to enter
with a camera and document

this whole thing, you know

getting the visa process
was a bit of a challenge.

Not only just us visitors,

but as you know, quote
journalists because of the camera

which means that we have
a bit of an entourage.

We have, you know, someone
from a kind of media relations

so to speak.

(upbeat music)

- We're driving in style,
in this big giant bus

nicknamed, the white rhino.

It's big.

Doesn't got any horns.

Give me a second..

Get the horn

(car horn)

It does got one horn.

- Hi guys welcome triple E.

(laughs)

- All right we've got Jamal here.

We've got Mehedee here

and we've got our driver
up here Mohammed. Okay.

- I'm Justin and welcome to Departures.

(soft music)

Because it's so difficult to get in here.

There are very few visitors here

which leaves Libya unspoiled by tourism.

- It's like a ghost town of here.

We pretty much have this
whole place to ourselves.

nobody's here. All there's all
this left are these remains.

- It's a real reminder

of why this was a good
choice to come to Libya.

(soft music)

- This is like the port of death
for all these other arenas.

- These walls aren't that
high you know what I mean.

They gotta be about maybe six,
seven feet, seven feet high.

So that animal could .. a tiger.

He could just jump up
there right in the crowd.

No, sometimes it won't
pay to have a front seat.

He knows when you walk out
and they got those doors

the small little doors.

Yeah, those aren't for midgets,

those are for tigers.

I guarantee you.

I guarantee you back in the day.

No one would do this.

I'm sure I put a tiger in there.

I better go investigate.

I swear, last time there
was a lion in here.

You want to see us fight?

- The thing that really strikes
me is how well preserved

and how vast the ruins
are. And I think a big part

Of that is because of the fact

that Libya has been closed
off to the Western world.

But what we came here for was the desert.

And that's what we're
really looking forward to.

Soon we're going to
leave all this coastline

and water behind.

(upbeat music)

- We're at El Hofstra.

The idea tonight is to pick our meal

and then get it cooked up for us.

Out of all of the fish here,

what fish do you recommend?

- Toads. You know toads?

- Toads like ribbit, ribbit, ribbit.

Ooh okay

- Think it's the most
expensive one but it's okay.

- He says it's the most expensive, but...

- I get to take a picture

of this Barracuda and
take it to my body man.

- I've been weighed in here with my fish.

Now they'll clean it

and it doesn't get any fresher than this.

I could spit to the
Mediterranean right now.

That's how close it is.

Want to try it?

- I'm not even Barracuda.

- All right.

So we're both fed with this one fish.

So that's not a bad deal.

Got our fish.

- So what's the process here?

- Barbecue. Over an
open fire kind of deal.

(soft music)

Cheers. Isn't this a
romantic dinner together.

Hey, you got half the
fish I got half the fish.

I ordered for us.

- Where's the camera.

Where's the wine.

You're not that.

- Yeah. You're a cheap date.

(upbeat music)

We're leaving the coast.

We're heading from
Tripoli and we're going to

start heading South further and
further out into the desert.

- Good morning. It's
going to be a lovely day.

- You're going to drive
this thing around or what?

- Why would I bother?

It's true.

This time I get to be Justin on the trip.

- I get to be Scott. I
like science. (laughs)

- About two hours south
of the capital city

at Tripoli away from
the Mediterranean sea,

you come to where we are
now, which is Tamisa.

But what makes this area so
unique is it's incredibly

rich history of Berber remnants.

And so this is abandoned now

but you can still kind of walk around

and see how this whole
village was put together

because the remains
are pretty well intact.

- So much history is in here.

Now. It's like, no, one's even here,

until we showed up. Let's
renovate this place.

(upbeat music)

Let's close up this doorway here.

And maybe open this up
to get more natural light

- That would be much better.

- The cool thing is you can put

like all these old pictures up

because you look so stuff.

And the best part I think
is probably the balcony.

Have you have you seen that
yet? You should check that out.

I've been on a diet so I can fit in here.

Can you fit in here?

Give me your hand.

(laughs)

Just fit.

Look at the view.

- Extreme plasma, hooked
up somewhere around here.

- The fixer fixer-upper.

I think you're probably going
to want those to pull back

Right?

(soft music)

- Go to a town we have the whole town

to ourselves because it's
completely abandoned.

- From the top of the village

looking out was isolation.

But that's what we're
here for, Saharan life.

- I love the desert. You
know, I love the way it is.

This is the biggest one in the world.

It's just a matter of getting there now.

There's a bunch of
stuffs we have on the way

but the majority of the
trip can be thinking

about getting it out in the sand dunes

and just having some final thing, right?

(upbeat music)

Can I, can I fill it up?

- (speaks foreign language)

- Gas here is 8 cents a liter. 8 cents

not a dollar 8, 8 cents a liter.

Just like my dad used to do it.

- There we go.

- I used to hear stories
from my dad and my grandpa.

I remember when my car gas cost $5.

I guess I'm going to be
able to do that to my kids.

50 liters for eight Dinar.

Guess how much it cost
me to fill up. That.

- I don't know

55, 60 bucks?

- Eight Dinar.

- It's like seven bucks.

(soft music)

Now we're three hours South of Tripoli.

And we're into Jebel Nafusa

keeping with our Berber theme for the day,

we're actually going to be staying

at a converted original underground house.

This is awesome. This is like a local

Troglodyte house, like an
original Berber style house.

- Well they gonna make some food for us

so hopefully that'd be sweet.

They got a skylight here.

Perfect skylight.

(laughs)

Hope you find some food in there caveman.

(soft music)

(upbeat music)

- We're loading up the white rhino

and we're heading to Ghadames.

This is oasis town actually

it's touted as one of the most

beautiful oasis towns in the Sahara.

- These is the first trip we've been on

where we go to these places

And there's nobody there.

(bang)

(soft music)

- I'll pay for this.

Grab the fuel?

- I've got the pocket
lint it will cost you.

(camel sounds)

- Okay, soft one.

(mimicking sounds)

(laughs)

I can play a freaking camel.

- Well done.

(soft music)

(engine revving)

We're in the old city of
Ghadames and this 1300

year old Berber town was
once the jewel of the Sahara.

One of the major trade
routes coming through.

Today, it's abandoned

but what's left is almost
a ghost town that you

get to wander around this
amazing labyrinth of streets.

And it's so well-protected
just due to the fact

that so very few people
have gone through it.

- They have a game of hanging your seat.

Be the perfect place right here.

- How many steamboats?

- 15 Wiki, dragon boats.

- One, two, three,

six Ricky the dragon boat steam boats,

seven Ricky, dragon boats, steam boats.

All right, I'm coming.

(suspenseful music)

There's no way I'm going to find anyone

in here. (laughs). Just goes on forever.

(suspenseful music)

Figure I'll go up to a rooftop
and see if I can see them.

That's not going to work.

(sharp sound)

I haven't seen the same thing twice.

So I'm lost.

I have no idea where I am

and I have no idea how I'm
actually going to find those guys

because this city just
keeps going and going

and going.

(soft music)

My God,

this is probably kind of a stupid idea

as no one has a map.

I'm like, honestly

I'm just trying to find
my way out right now.

Last thing I want to do is
get stuck here when it's dark

because I don't have a flashlight either.

And the only areas you can
see are the parts where

the sunlight is kind of
skylight is coming in.

There's not even any sun.

And it's just alleyway after alleyway.

And there's no one here, no
one. There's a bit more sun.

It sounded like a really good idea

but I don't really think
we thought it through.

I don't know, I'm not
going to find the guys.

I just have to try to get

out of here and get back to the hotel.

Scott.

(suspenseful music)

There he is.

(gasps)

Yeah. It's official.

- I don't even know
where I'm going anymore.

- Now. We're both lost.

- Yeah. Well, well actually
that might be the first edge

of the city I've seen.

I think we go back in.

- It's not easy running
with a steady camera.

(laughs)

(soft music)

- Seemed like a pansy, but

after a while it kind of gets creepy.

You're like, there's no one around.

The place you saw it before
was like an abandoned town.

This is an abandoned, like metropolis.

Like this is huge.

I think from up here, we
hold a massive advantage.

Getting up to the rooftop.

You'll see the view.

Now you can see just how big the city is.

It's just rooftop to rooftop, to rooftop.

The cool thing is actually,
it's not cool at all.

I'm walking the the women's only pathway.

During the daytime the women would

only use these pathways to connect

from building to building.

But as long as Justin
doesn't get word of that.

(soft music)

It's actually not as easy as
it looks to get a good view.

I mean, you can see all the rooftops

but you can't really see

down in occasionally catch
one of those skylights.

You know, that looked down that
we were walking underneath.

I kind of almost wanted to get caught

and at least have the two

of our heads working together
to get our way out of it.

And I think it was only a matter

of time before we found Justin.

Of course finding him asleep
on the rooftop, made it that

much easier to track him down,
although he's pretty fast

and I certainly didn't
choose the right footwear.

I had flip-flops in there trying to sprint

around this old city was
an absolute disaster.

- First. I just wanted

I run over there and be like, okay guys,

let's get out of here.

Let's end this game.

And I cannot lose.

(upbeat music)

(gasps)

- Took you long enough.

- You were sleeping up on
that roof, weren't you?

- Yeah. I thought you
were gonna get me there.

- I almost fell off cause
of this stupid flip flops.

- I'll race you out.

- I'll race you out you go first. Go.

- This way.

- That was the longest game in history.

It took like an hour just to get out.

(loudspeaker)

(upbeat music)

We're crossing this morning

from Ghadames all the way
down to the town of Sebha

which is the capital of the
desert section of Libya.

I think it's safe to say we're officially

in the Sahara desert now.

The greenery is all but gone.

- He's cat style you know

cats are always sleepy and they spend so

much time taking naps during
the day, during nights.

- The whole world out here.

- I know I've seen it.

Good morning.

- Yes. I would call my cat Justin.

(laughs)

- There is small evidence of
life. Like out in the middle

of the desert, you still
find like little yellow

flowers and stuff like that

Like there, there is some life out here.

(laughs)
- I think you just killed it.

(laughs)

- There was evidence of life.

- There was evidence of life.

- Well, I'm going to do my
part to help you test it out.

Water it a little bit before
I get back in the bus.

- All right .

(upbeat music)

- We just pulled the white
rhino off here and had a look.

I guess there's a big rally race going on.

With the help of our entourage

we've been able to organize
a four drive vehicle

that's going to take us out to the race.

- It's about 22 kilometers,
just out into the desert.

So the white rhino wouldn't
have made it on its own.

- Just a little tip for you.

If you're going into the
desert in a four drive vehicle

it's important to have gas.

And right now those people has no gas.

They were about to go out there.

So our driver is trying to
find gas wherever he can.

Well, he was able to
scrounge up 20 liters of gas

and he says, that might do it.

- I want one of those so bad.

(laughs)

- I'm really interested in rally.

And Justin is a big gear head,
a big Motor head himself.

And we were able to get
really close to the action

and just like everything else,

we were the only ones there watching it.

And so it feels like your
own private vacation.

(engine revving)

(screams)

- That is awesome.

(engine revving)

Ooh men.

- And there were bikes, a
pre-runner pickup trucks

and there were the great big
transport trucks as well.

And watching them blast across the Sahara

was something else.

- How close is this?

(Loud engine revving)

Yeah!

(engine revving)

(soft music)

- Today is a big big day
because this is where

the real trip begins.

This expedition into the Sahara desert.

(gasps) get rid of this luggage.

- In order to do that, we
need to make some big changes

which is a complete crew
change for people who are very

experienced with the desert and get

two Toyota land cruisers.

- But we're ahead of this
guy and this guy's are

a lot smaller, should be a lot
easier that four wheel drive.

So they'll be able to take us

to the dunes wherever we want to do. So.

- Bye rhino, you got us this far safely

- This place that you are
going to, there is no place to

hide.

- Awesome.

All right. So we're gonna hit the road?

- To the desert yes

- We made sure that when we came out here

that we got ourselves hooked
up with the right people

hooked up with the duel.

- We're in good hands, right?

- Yes. All right.

- He knows it like the back of his hands.

- Someone will find us
in case we lose our way.

- (shouting) Don't fall asleep, Justin.

(laughs)

- So we've got to make a
few crucial stops on our way

out of town to pick up supplies.

(upbeat music)

This is going to be the
last gas station that we

see probably for a very
long time, which is why

we've got to fill the tank and

fill all the Jerry cans at the top.

- Ice cream and sand
dunes. That's the best

- We've left the city and
modern civilization behind.

And now just beyond the power
lines, about a hundred meters

from here, we're leaving
the asphalt behind.

- Ever since we touched down in Libya,

this is what we came here for.

- We're going from here from Macusa.

We just left out here.

- Now or never, I guess.

- Let's jump to the Japanese camels.

(laughs)

(soft music)

- We're leaving the road and
not just for the day to go

for a nice little picnic in the desert.

We're leaving it for days.

We're doing everything we can.

We've got the right people
with the right experience

and they've come prepared
with food, water, lots of gas.

This is the biggest desert in the world.

And we're about to take it on.

You know, you never know
what's going to happen.

We can get five flat tires

and then we're stranded out there.

(soft music)

We were driving for a few hours now.

We finally found the first
signs of life out in the desert.

And there's a pack of camels here.

Let me see how close I can get to them.

I'm not sure they see
too many people daily.

So I think seeing me is a treat

and for me to see them
was also a treat as well.

What kind of music you listen to?

I listen to music.

(camel grunt)

I thought were friends.

Who could be the next president?

That's what I'm trying to find out.

Never guys.

Every vote matters.

Yes. They don't like it

when people start talking
politics, they just leave.

And I smell something.

What the heck is this thing?

That's like a rattle or something.

(shutter sound)

No idea.

Oh,

- Camel egg.

- Camel egg?

Nah, I fell for that trick once already

in Jordan. Camels don't lay eggs.

They're mammal.

And they tried to get
me once on that before.

I don't believe it's camel egg.

I will show you the common nest on one

of the trees and you can
see the camels flying.

(laughs)

I don't believe it.

- We may make omelet of this.

Big enough to feed everyone.

- It would be a first for me.

- The guys are just starting
to let some of the air out

of the tires because of
the change in terrain.

We've gone from absolute flat,
nothing in every direction.

And in the distance we're
even seeing the sand dunes.

(soft music)

We've traveled pretty much all day

across the desert through a variety

of different landscapes.

We've now crossed into
a very rocky landscape

hiked down away from the cars.

And we're just starting to notice some

of the first rock carvings,
12,000 year old rock carvings

perhaps some of the
earliest evidence of mankind

period. And I'm seeing
it with my own eyes.

- This cover is actually
running for 12 kilometers.

This is the start here.

And the one you're running that way.

And it's 12 kilometers of rock
carvings every single rock.

The first two cows headless
the other one headless.

- Okay? Yeah.

- The mouth here, the head deer.

- If you were to carve
something? what would you carve?

- I get the flips up music.

(laughs)

- Scott, what would you carve?

- If I was trying to leave
little hints of my interests

I'd probably carve an
airplane and a guitar,

a guitar that flies.

- Listen here you can see
the giraffe head and it comes

down and then you see
another giraffe head here

I think. I don't want to
swear that they're doing it.

You sure they're not.

Let me see if I can see
a baby giraffe over here.

- It's unbelievable.

Just to see the condition

the skill that they had,
detail, perspective.

It's almost like you take a step back

in time and..

- Love is rock. Two lines of fighting.

You can see the two eyes

and the two ears here, stay away.

- All these different
animals that we've seen

like lions and giraffe
and stuff like that.

Obviously they don't live in the desert.

- So it must be the running water here.

This was a river running.

- So 12,000 years ago

if we were standing here, well

not only would there be an
artist carving this probably

but there'd be like lions and giraffe,

Sub-Saharan Africa.

- Yes.

(soft music)

- Just with the last sliver of light

we've made it to the edge
of the real sand dunes.

An awesome way to end our
first day in the desert.

- Should I just make a bet with Scott?

Cause I always smoke him when
it comes to putting up tents.

(soft music)

- Woke up very early this morning.

This is the first sand
dune we've come across.

And this one I kind of see
what I had ahead of me.

There's so much beauty

to the desert of sunrises and sunsets.

When you spend all day in
the sun and it's beating

down on you and you're
cursing it every five seconds

for it to give you this beautiful sunrise

and sunset at the beginning

of the end of your day,
makes that worth while.

(upbeat music)

Got up with the sun this morning and

everybody's just getting
a quick bite to eat and

packing up everything back
into the land cruisers again

and heading a lot further
out into the desert.

Now we'll go another 200 plus kilometers

even deeper into the Sahara.

- Now we're heading out to
the Akakus mountain range.

And is there any people that
live out there at all or?

- Few families.

- So now we head 300 kilometers or so

further into the desert
to the Akakus mountains.

Apparently these guys here
have a flat they're either out

of spares or they have no spare.

It's not the kind of
place that AAA comes out.

- Ah, yeah, I got flat.

Come fix it.

Where are you?

The Sahara.

- Yeah. Whereabouts.

Luckily we've come along and I don't know

if they're going to give
them one of our spares

- Yeah they better have
some chocolate or something.

(laughs)

- We're saving their lives here.

They're in the middle of nowhere.

I think we should demand some chocolate.

What do you think?

- Sure we'll ask for chocolate. At least.

Oh, well I'm not going to
give them a a hand actually.

It's in the middle of nowhere.

They may use my satellite phone
to make a phone call to AAA

ask for help.

And they will be here in two weeks.

- The chocolate pirates of the
Sahara, that's what we are.

We've given them a spare.

They've actually had to salvage bolts from

one of the other tires in order
to put this one on, I guess

in the desert, you use what you got.

- Gave them a spare?

- I guess so.

- Our truck or?

(laughs)

- We will run now because I think

they will ask for some food

and they will ask extra driver if we have.

(laughs)

- Today, Abdul brought
us to a spot where one

of the last remaining
Toureg families that still

lives traditionally in
the Akakus mountains.

And these are people who have
roamed in the Sahara desert

for hundreds of years now,
from as far West as Mauritania

and as far East, as the Sudan.

What keeps them here?

(speaks foreign language)

- You don't know your destiny.

You don't know where to live.

His father chose this place.

- How many family members
does he have out here?

He said that his son stuff leaving now

to the modern civilization.

And he lost his power
to control all of them.

(laughs)

- It's not every day that
you get to have contact with

Toureg. The few that are left, especially

in this area are kind of hard to come by.

Yeah, you're really seeing the death

of a culture at that point.

Maybe when he goes,
they're going to be gone

and maybe he's the last of them.

You know, their numbers are dwindling

and much like many other cultures on earth

more and more of them are
choosing a life in the city.

And to get a chance to talk

to one of them is a real privilege.

(soft music)

This one's here standing
a lot more, right?

This one's really predominant.

Oh, you can actually see humans there too.

I don't know about you,
but this stuff looks too

well preserved.

- I was thinking you live
in zips something here.

- It's all mine though.

must be a very rich guy collecting
money from the tourists.

That's my signature there.

(laughs)
- I see one of these paintings

of a guy standing behind a computer but.

Ah, ah, that one didn't clear.

(soft music)

- This says it all right here.

The three of us and we've got Abdul,

The chocolate pirate of the
Sahara running away with

the chocolate.

- Right there and the next
time you come on the tour

you gotta tell them about this one.

And you can tell him about us

and our adventures in the desert.

- This is one of the very

ancient games called how to destroy

What do you find the undead?

(cheers)

(soft music)

- We've gotten quite a bit of wind

trying to bear down for the night.

You never know when a sand
storm is going to kick in.

- There's chocolate biscuits here.

Anyone want?

No, not you. no one

energy to get power enough
tomorrow to do more paintings.

My caves.

- Oh, okay. Yeah, we better eat it up.

You can put sand on it

and then it will taste
like a desert chocolate.

- Sand is actually a spice of the desert.

We look like Justin.

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Always needs more sugar.
It's like the way I make tea.

It's quite the process for
this tea too they boil it.

And they keep pouring it
back and forth for the foam.

And then they put it back on.

It gets reboiled and then add the tea.

Cheers.

- It's like a shot glass and everything,

it's got some serious bite to it.

So give it a shot.

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- As we've mentioned about
a million times before,

Preparedness is definitely
the name of the game here.

Having lots of water,
lots of fuel, spare tires.

And in this case, a lot of
extra belts for the engine.

- I just had my breakfast now.

Was hard job to change
to split the engine belt.

I did everything.

- You didn't even have to do anything see.

- Everybody thinks that
water is your main source

for survival out here, but I kind of think

we rely more on our
vehicles and you really are

watch what you're doing out here.

Luckily, our driver's pretty
smart and he goes at a pretty

controlled pace where it's not
about getting there as fast

as he can, but just getting there.

You have to show the deserts
some respect out here.

And if you don't want
it will take advantage

of you and show you who's boss.

Up until this point, we've
been very used to the drive

going over a lot of bumps.

You're going up and down.

Going painfully slow,
small dunes, big dunes.

But we were looking down the barrel

of a very long drive to go
from the Akakus mountains

backtracking through the
desert, to the North and heading

to the O'Barry sand seas where
we knew we were going to run

into some pretty spectacular Oasis lakes.

Out of one of the oasis

we just saw this, what
we thought was a dog,

and then Abdul starts saying,
he's a Wolf, it's a Wolf.

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And so we actually got to
see one of these wolves

and they're, they're kind
of tough to see aren't they?

- There is no people and
it would go out to hunt.

(wolf sound)

- The lion King of the desert.

- Sometimes if it's very
early in the morning

you will see them saying hello up too.

- And so he's scared of
Wayne more than anything.

It was a long, hard Trek to
get to the Bari sand sea.

And we knew it would pay off.

We'd seen some dunes, but
we knew we were going to get

to some quintessential image of the desert

rolling sand Hills and
a beautiful desert Oasis

with Palm trees and this
little Lake in the middle.

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You get a few days into the
desert and it's beautiful

but you drive for hours and
hours and hours at a time.

Some of the drives can
get pretty daunting.

You're looking at six hour drives

of absolute flat nothingness.

We came to our first
dunes when the landscape

ultimately changes take advantage of it.

Where's this been?

Some secret stash?

This is just open today.

Take a look at that.

Again first thing in the morning,

where do I find the chocolate?

Right in front of Abdul.

- Look at this.

Let's makes some outside here.

To make it actually
real chocolate sandwich.

- I mean chocolate space for the fingers,

Other side,

much better.

I have a new reason to live.

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Before we left Saba for the desert,

one of the things we noticed
is that you were able to

rent snowboards and Justin
was pretty hell bent

on being able to try a
little bit of sand boarding.

We're going to be hitting
some pretty massive dunes.

So we'd love to give Sand boarding a try.

But while we're in the flats,

think will try something else though.

Scott kind of had the idea.

He's like, well, we've got some PVC pipe

in the back here and some rope.

- I started rigging up the idea of kind of

wakeboarding came to me

- In my neighborhood we skip rope.

This is probably not the best place to

be doing wakeboarding.

It's like the opposite.

- I can't do that.

- You're not giving up
that easy you're next.

- Me?

- After me it's you.

- Oh yeah.

That's okay.

Let's see what would
happen to you or them.

I will think about me. (laughs)

- I think that people are with her.

Like what are these guys doing?

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- It seemed like there
here was very little

transferable skill from the wakeboarding

over to this wake sand boarding

- Are you good?

- Try to control the rope and,
and keep the tension on it.

That was my first time
ever being on a snowboard.

It was pretty hard for me to find my edge.

And because of that, there
was a lot of good spills.

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- Is it hot? It's like a desert out here.

- I gave him, advice. He's
getting better every time.

- Now I know why to do this on water.

- I'd love to give him advice,
but never wait for it before.

And I've never done this in the
sand. So it's all you buddy.

- Snowboarding, not just in the sand,

but in the middle of the Sahara desert.

- Didn't hurt too bad when you fell right?

- I've wake boarded with Andre before.

being a snowboarder and filming us,

I think it was torture for him.

So it was only a matter of time

before he had to strap the board on it.

He caught that real quick.

He just got up in the band the way he went

and he was carving up a storm.

He was shredding.

He tried going to fakey

and he caught an edge and
he hit it pretty hard.

- I'm up next?

I've never wake boarded before.

And I've never sand boarded before.

So I don't know how I'm going to do.

So I hopefully I can hold my own out here.

So I got to watch Scott
go through his trials

and tribulations and Andre come
in and just start shredding.

It gave me opportunity to kind of like

put everything together

- He is doing very well.

- I was up for a while and
then I almost lost it a couple

of times when I had I just caught an edge

and just landed right the
back of my head and just

I just felt like this smack.

And then everything just went black.

(eventful sound)

Oh shit

I really hit my head.

When it happened, I'm like

I didn't even know what
was going on at the time.

And I got snowboarder
for some fricking reason.

- It was one of those good falls too.

- I just fell on my
back of my head go snap.

- Yeah, I'm dying here.

Shoes on, but I wouldn't do it.

- Done. Done, done, done, done it.

What's your blood type?

- The driver is asking me to

my world

- You know, this is completely new to him.

How about we just go straight
towards the hospital?

Or the morgue. One of the two.

Stick to the chocolate.

- Follows my buddy.

(laughs)

- You can see the path he
took measured in millimeters.

(cheers)

(laughs)

(speaks in foreign language)

- Abdul, The good news is you now hold

the Libyan world record for sand boarding.

- The tare a six pack, pulls it off.

(laughs)

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The whole mission of this
trip was to get in the sand.

And ever since we got in the
sand and saw these sand dunes

I'm like, my mouth just waters
staring at the sand dunes.

They're just looking at me
and they're just taunting me.

I had to send an email out

and it was just an
email back to my family.

Just said like, yeah, I'm going to Libya.

First response was, why
are you going there?

Like you can go anywhere
you want in the world.

Why would you go there?

People are so their
mindset on everybody else.

It's been suggested by a
hundred of their friends.

People just feel that they got
to stick to five star resorts

stick to places that
they've seen in a magazine.

It's hard for other people to understand

why we go to some places we
go to it's the adventure.

You know, it's seeing something
that no one else has seen

and be able to come to Libya and come

to the desert and see the
biggest desert in the world.

And they, why is that?

Not a draw, more people of
Sam who Sam learning and Libya

the biggest sand dunes

in a world overlooking this oasis.

What else could you really want?

- When we finally got to Ooma ma one

of the most picturesque
lakes in the Obare sand seas.

- This is truly the Oasis in the middle

of the Sahara desert.

And now to be rewarded with this?

The cartoon images of the
desert and the sun hits it

and it just twinkles and just like oh man.

Like this is oasis doesn't
really seem to impress you.

I think I know why, because I think

an oasis for you is this
this, but just for chocolate.

- I'll make fence around here.

No one will see it no one will find it.

Just mine.

- To just get into the Lake.

And everyone just sort
of ease their way in.

Except for Justin.

Of course, I did a cry stare into it.

That was pretty sweet.

You get into this nice, cool
water and just float around.

It's really wild.

It's a trip for sure.

Getting out here to the
desert was the ultimate goal.

- No one else was around.

We had the whole Lake to ourselves.

We had the whole had
everything to ourselves.

As soon we left Tripoli
Libya was our own country.

You know, it's just a matter
of time before someone comes

in here and puts all
these hotels and, you know

just take over this place
and tourism out the ass.

But the way the Libyan
government has set things

up for us and for every other visitor

and tourist for that matter
really makes you feel

that coming here is a privilege,
especially being out here

in the desert, we got pretty much more

than we bargained for it,
which is complete isolation

and incredibly unique travel experience.

We're making our way to Brazil.

Next. We're going to go hang out with.

This is going to be the first time that we

set foot in South America.

I know Brazil is huge.

I know it's incredibly diverse.

It's been described to me

as a crazy and wild place,
both city and country.

And I guess we're about to find out.

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