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Thursday Thoughts-Along the Roads

In the header, something of the new Morocco…on its way? The man talking in his cell phone, standing in the house-to-be…if it is not abandoned.

The Moroccan roads are rather straight and dusty. And along them, life continues as it has always done. Or almost.

 

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In the  cities, the mix of cars and horse carts, donkeys, bikes and motorbikes radiates that special energy and feeling. Most animals are also very well kept, which adds to the friendly atmosphere.

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Either walking or going by van, we saw mostly men, of course, and nobody wanted to have their photo taken. I knew this from the start, so almost all photos of people are taken from the van. Sneakingly…

 

P1030028_copyWhen you have passed the High Atlas mountain range, there are endless, dusty, desert roads. But no matter how long or dusty the road, there are still people going about their daily chores – along the very same road.

P1030167_copyNomad tents rising or falling, and the women and men tending to their camels.

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…but some, standing and waiting – for something or somebody. In the middle of nowhere.

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I wonder how they have managed to preserve their old ways of living? Our Berber guide told us they have so many ”tribes” that they are impossible to unite. They have a country of small units who manage to live together – just the way they are. I think that is just amazing.

29 comments on “Thursday Thoughts-Along the Roads

  1. Beautiful captures of the human spirit – wonderful scenes. You’ve given us a real feel for the region and it’s people.

  2. great captures, Ann-Christine! thank you for taking us along this colorful and interesting country! 🙂 have a wonderful weekend! 🙂

  3. What a wonderful collection of photos from Morocco, Leya. Life certainly looks hard over there, and you captured this sentiment very well. Carrying all those things under the sun looks like something they do day in and day out. It doesn’t look like they look tired…rather, it seems that the locals are used to it.

    Very good skill to take photos without being spotted. I wonder why they don’t want their photo taken. Perhaps they are shy, and it’s not something they are used to or they just want to be left alone.

    • Mabel – answering on my phone does not seem to work! I try again. Thank you for commenting, and your thoughts about photos – well, it has to do with traditions and religion, I think. To have your photo taken is not good.

    • Yes, I believe so. And no hurry to change their life style. In fact there were fewer beggars here than in Sweden. And all the places we stayed at seemed to have happy and satisfied people

  4. It’s bizarre, and actually kind of incredible when you think about situations like this.
    That somewhere out in the same world as me posting this from my smartphone, with practically the whole world at my fingertips, that people manage to live this way.
    So slow paced, away from the hustle and bustle of cities, away from time constraints and having to file time sheets before five of clock or you won’t get paid on time.

    I guess I’m too localised, stuck in this time frame that I don’t realise it’s even the same planet that we live on with these same people.

    • Yes, it’s bizarre…and we are all living in this bizarre world. Some people manage to live in a less bizarre, parallell world, don’t they? The heart ache is very poignant when I visit one of these cultures…because I am convinced we were all made to live and work to stay alive. Not much more. We have too much spare time…to do the wrong things and to grow in self-centeredness…

      • I’m not a big believer in quotes I. E ‘humans are the only people with a concept of time, a giraffe is never late’ or ‘ humans are the only people that pay to live on this planet’ etc.

        But there probably right.
        Living in a ‘modern’ world gives us what we perceive as advantages, yet how many of us are late for work, appointments at the dentist etc.
        Sometimes, these people that we deem as ‘having less’ may in actuality, be freer then any of us could ever truly realise.

      • You are right. Something simple, that strikes me every time I visit one of these ”poor” countries, is that children, young people and grown-ups always laugh more than we do, look happier and often also have more ”open” faces. Great evidence that we do not need this materialistic world…

      • I guess many of us feel to wrapped up in ‘commitments’ to make the leap back to a freer world.

        I don’t think I could leave it all behind, as much as it would be nice to do so.

      • To spend a week every year in the mountains, without any technical device, and no electricity – that is very refreshing. Try it! I do.

      • It’s a cleansing – think of it as a brain detox. It is very good for the children too – they learn to do other things…and appreciate it.

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