Not sure where to begin. I spent a few weeks in Morocco, Africa. On my 3rd day there I caught an infection which later grew into a severe form of bronchitis. I was in a lot of pain and there were days when I had no energy to even hold 1 of my smallest cameras. Thankfully antibiotics did the work (eventually, when I was able to visit a hospital in one of small towns, to see what’s happening) and I am fully recovered now.
It was definitely an experience of a lifetime!
During the day it’s pretty warm there with about 16-21C, but the temperature would get down to about +4C at night and in some areas I’ve had to experience -5C while having no heat. Electricity and hot water seems like an expensive commodity in rural areas and not many people have constant access to it. In hotels, electricity and water is shut off during the night. Luckily, winter does not last long and during the summer the temperature is extremely hot 24/7. Although I can’t really comment on summer food, in the winter, meats such as chicken,beef and lamb are very popular,along with tajine, rice,olives,vegetable soup,couscous and bread. Areas near the ocean tend to consume more seafood. You can buy fish from a market and have them cook it for you just the way you like it. I loved the lamb kabobs! I am not sure why, but it doesn’t have that pungent taste and smell. It’s extremely delicious! Mint tea and coffee are very popular drinks and unlike coffee shops in other countries, they are served in very tiny cups. Prices for a cup of coffee or tea ranges from about 0.30 cents to a more common ~$1-1.30 , even for locals. Definitely not cheap. A lot of locals(pretty much just men) spend a lot of time at coffee shops with their friends. Women are mostly found near their homes, working, doing chores and taking care of children.
As in some other countries, photography is very difficult as nobody in general likes to have their photo taken. Women and girls usually quickly cover their face as soon as they even see a camera.
I have here almost all the pictures I was able to take. There’s a bit more information provided under certain images with more explanation.
Nomad Woman is standing inside her home.
Tannery in Fez. This is where they dye leather products you find at markets in the country. Unfortunately it doesn’t work very well and when you bend say a leather belt, it leaves a permanent mark. Belts or bags may have not very pleasant smell. They use urine for tanning… You absolutely can’t get rid of the smell. I tried every possible solution for a small bag I bought.
Some locals collect the droppings and press Argan oil from them,which is either consumed internally or used as external medicine. One of these(not in the photo) quickly got from the ground to the top in a few seconds.
Sweets for sale at Marrakesh’s market. On the right is a picture of Mohammed VI, who is currently the king of Morocco. It seemed to be loved by many as pictures of them are everywhere(restaurants, houses, streets,restaurants and shops)