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Musings While Touring Morocco

In Travel by Brian Matiash3 Comments

This trip to Morocco happened quite whimsically. An overseas trip was on the books for a while but the actual destination hadn’t been firmed until about 3 weeks prior to leaving. Like any diligent traveler, I did my fair bit of research on the country, its denizens, and their culture. In some cases, my research prepared me in terms of certain expectations—like the consistently negative reaction towards cameras—but left me somewhat ill-equipped in others. For example, I didn’t realize just how carb-heavy the Moroccan diet is. While their breads and cakes are tasty, the thought of eating another one makes me queasy.

Normally, I avoid group tours because I don’t care to be bound to a group when my goal is to freely roam around with my camera. However, life has been pretty stressful and chaotic this year and the thought of having a general agenda set for us when we landed had some serious appeal. We ended up booking the “Real Food Adventure” with Intrepid Travel and while the group leader and fellow attendees were all wonderful, I feel like this is the first trip I’ve been on that could loosely be categorized as a failure. Now, this isn’t me beating up on myself. It’s not that I am leaving Morocco without any strong photos. It’s more that I feel like I haven’t really learned anything about the place other than there is an overwhelming love for carbs and sugary tea as well as a generally healthy aversion towards photographers. Oversimplifications aside, I have a lot to mull over, especially when I get home and can decompress. I have a ton on my mind and once I get it all sorted out, I look forward to sharing it with all of you.

Comments

  1. I hope you weren’t still sick when you went there. That could well put one off their game.

  2. Morocco was one of a dozen or so countries I visited in 2015. I also got some nice images, but it was certainly the country that left me feeling the least inspired, and a little under whelmed.

  3. Brian, I agree on tours and I seldom do them. I prefer to plan and research my own trips or at least on the ones where a client is not paying for and directing what I shoot to some extent. That being said, I looked at the link for the tour you did and it looks like a tour with heavy focus on Moroccan food! The first sentence in the trip description says, “Discover the wide world of bread”. That might have been a clue ;) I’ve traveled a lot in the Mediterranean and love the food, albeit I avoid the sweets at this stage in my life but if anything their diet shows me that maybe our American diet is too focused on the consumption of meats and proteins.

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