There are two ways how to reach despina: by ship or by camel. Each way shows a different face of the city.
The camel driver sees ship insteada of city, he knows it is a city but he thinks of him as a vessel that will take him away from the dessert. He thinks about all the ports, wares unloaded on the docks, about people that are walking around the docks.
What sailor see is a little bit different from camel driver view and memories. He sees camel's back with two humps on which are hanged bags full of wine, tobacco leaves, candied fruits. He see himself on a long caravan taking him away from the dessert toward oasis.