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Travel | Morocco: Merzouga to Casablanca

We left off in the desert, so that’s where we’ll have to start the second half of my photos from Morocco. George and I got up before dawn, climbed to the top of the dune and watched the sun rise with a menagerie of folks from all over the world. Then we hopped on our camels and marched back to civilization.

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We had two more days with Youssef and Omar, who drove us all the way around the dunes (they are only 26km long). We visited a kohl mine, an abandoned mining town, a village populated by “black Africans” and also had tea with a nomad family.

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Travel | Morocco: Marrakech to Merzouga

In December, George and I packed our bags and hopped a plane to … Africa! It was a whole new continent for both of us, the first Muslim country, and the first time George had traveled outside of the U.S. / Europe. More than any other trip we’ve taken, this one was uncomfortable and challenging. There were large cultural barriers, and we experienced for the first time what it’s like to be a minority – incredibly visible, targeted, noticed.  It took some getting used to, but Morocco was an amazing country to experience.

© 2017 Amber Wilkie Photography | www.amberwilkie.comMy overwhelming visual impression of Morocco is one of color. I typically take a lot of “street” style pictures and convert a lot of them into black and white. You’ll find little of that in these posts. This is both because the locals are not cool with having their photo taken and because everything is so damn colorful. Each city seemed to have a signature color – red in Marrakech, blue in Chefchaouen, yellow in Fez and burnt clay in the desert. The towns in the countryside rise up from their terrain organically and it’s easy to miss them in the landscape. Morocco is a singularly beautiful place.

Happy Anniversary to my guy. Seven years!

I recently wrote an email to someone I haven’t talked to in a year. Here’s what my bullet-point summary of the year looks like:

  • I moved to Sweden.
  • I closed my business.
  • I learned Swedish.
  • Then I learned how to program.
  • Now I teach programming.
  • This year I’ve traveled to: Budapest, Poland, Dresden, Berlin & Munich, Copenhagen, Stockholm, London and in a couple days, Morocco.

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Every year I write a summary and say “it’s been a crazy year” and every year I’ve been exaggerating, until now. Moving to a new country is weird and a little bit hard and lonely and scary. But we’ve done it and it’s almost been a year and everything is pretty much OK.

George is even more awesome than the day we got married and I’m so proud and happy and excited to be his wife. He’s so clever and funny and kind. And he puts up with all my shit. It’s great. Marriage is great. Here’s photos. Happy anniversary babe!