The Olive Tree

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Sarah Wei


I first heard of the beautiful melancholic lyrics of The Olive Tree (橄榄树) when I was just a child. The song of a wanderer longing for home. As I grew older, I came to understand its origins and the story behind its author, Echo (三毛). I became obsessed with her tale and furiously read her autobiography, Stories of Western Sahara (撒哈拉故事) and fell in love with the Sahara desert before I had even set foot in it. While Echo lived here for 2 years, I was only able to experience the desert for 2 days.

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