Wednesday, November 26, 2008

The Drive to the Desert

We had a few days off from school for Moroccan Independence Day. Brahim, Ahmed, and I met up with a couple of other Fulbright teachers to travel to Southern Morocco.



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The drive was stunning. It took us through the High Atlas Mountains, canyons, and eventually the desert. There were lots of little villages tucked on the side of the mountains.




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We saw a lot of this striking red color.




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I took a lot of pictures through the window of our moving car, resulting in many shots like this. Stupid truck. Get out of the way.



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Eventually Brahim started pulling over so that I could take pictures while standing still. (Thanks Brahim!!!) I love this shot of the mud houses with the terraces in the background.



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Another Moroccan village.



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Fall in Morocco. It makes me laugh that I had to go all the way to Africa to see leaves change color. Shishmaref is completely treeless.



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Close up of the terraces because I think they deserve one.


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There were occasionally little stores on the side of the room. We stopped at this one to get a drink and take a little walk.



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I got to see a donkey!!!



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There were also random restaurants along the route. We stopped at this one for breakfast...



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and enjoyed this view.



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This is the Dades Gorge.



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This is my Fulbright partner Brahim and me in the Dades Gorge. One of these days I will post a normalish picture of Brahim. You know, one where he isn't making any silly faces or acting like a goofball.



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This is my favorite picture from the drive. The reddish color makes me feel warm inside. Also, notice that the moon is in the sky.

It was a gorgeous drive. Unfortunately, it was also the first drive of my life during which I got carsick. The windy roads were simply too much for me to handle. Thankfully, a combination of dramamine, sitting in the front, and a few well-timed stops prevented any major spewage.

1 comment:

Ben and Missy said...

These pictures are gorgeous! If it weren't for the houses, you would think you were in southern Utah. The landscape is so similar.