Journey to Sahara

Can’t help but wonder how much I will miss this journey.  Only a week left in Morocco, but at the same time, missing home. Woes of a traveller.  (Lying down on my favourite sofa by the window, overlooking the courtyard in Riad Ahlam).

9 May 2014, Friday

8am – we bid goodbye to Kasim and Fathiah. Looked around the riad, trying to capture as much images as I could, hoping these images would forever etch in my mind.

Passing through Midelt (known for apples) towards the desert, we drove by Swiss of Morocco (Ifran). It does look like Europe – the way the trees are lined up and the architectural design of the houses. Snow capped mountains and some green coated ones, the mid atlas, sheep and shepherds, etc. I was too engrossed and too awed, I didn’t take any photo.  Sometimes, I just want to feel my presence in the “now” reality, instead of looking through the camera lens.

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The camera could not capture what the eyes could see.  The eyes could not see what the heart sees and feels. Words that came through my mind when I thought of my family.  Dad would love it here.  And the brother would capture far more beautiful images.

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Past 3pm, the first glimpse of the sahara – orange dunes, which look like mountains from afar.

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For the first time in my life, I saw a mirage (a true city girl huh?)!  Clouds – closest to them when we are in the plane. But ironically, today, I felt closer to these cotton candy in the skies.  Shadows of the clouds reflected on the empty desert. A beauty beyond description, MasyaAllah. I will miss this empty vast space.  How blessed is this land.

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It’s only my sixth day in Morocco, but I’ve picked up quite a collection of new words.  Perhaps if I stay here for a month, I would be able to converse well in Arabic and Moroccan Arabic?

It’s true, what people say, travelling expand one’s horizon.  It exposes you to different culture.  Nowhere is a strange place, it is just a new place for you to learn from.

Important! 

– Pack whatever you need for a night’s stay in a backpack, in advance.  Stow away your luggage in the car. So you don’t have to trouble your guide or yourself with the luggage or huge backpack up and down the vehicle.
– It can get chilly in the desert. Bring a light jacket.
– Bring your flashlight for toilet visits at night in the desert. You wouldn’t want to wake the desert guys up.
– Mineral water for drinking and brushing your teeth.

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