But consider the following:
When I was deployed to the Persian Gulf for Desert Storm, we had a long and exhausting flight. After we arrived, we drove around for hours before finally stopped at a port that was a temporary staging area. We dropped our great under a carport for trucks and sprawled out on the ground to go to sleep.
And I couldn’t sleep because, all night long —
Asphalt, completely saturated with oil.
It’s still the most memorable thing about my first day in Saudi Arabia, even 21 years later.
What smells have been most memorable for you?