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Travel Blogs from Zagora
... long trip, during darkness, after sunset. But it came in useful on the way back, the next morning.
One and a half hours on a camel, travelling at 4mph, is a long tedious journey, once the novelty of riding a camel has worn off, and travelling at night, with just the stars as company, can only make it magical for so long.
But it was well worth the trip. We arrived, at the Berber tents, very dark, with just a few lamps surrounding the tents as ...
... books were brought here from all over the world, cataloging everything from math, history, medicine, astronomy, zoology, theology, and grammar. Only professors are authorized to 'check out' or use these books - the scary thing is none of these have been digitally categorized yet. One of the books in here is from 1166 --- and many are written not on paper, but on processed gazelle skin. It's forbidden to draw animals in Arabic (only flowers are allowed), so ...
... very different cultures: The Berber/Arab sedentary river dwellers and the traditionally nomadic Saharawis. The river dwellers have clearly defined, well watered plots of land which they carefully nurture and cultivate as they have for thousands of years. The Saharawis, who are ethnically and culturally linked to the Saharawis of the former Spanish Sahara as well as Mauritania, traditionally were much more mobile, moving from oasis to ...
... including us, slept on the rooftop with rugs, blankets and cushions - under an amazing display of stars - as Khalid said an 'infinity star accommodation". It really was an experience.
Our family now has a standing invitation to stay with our Amazigh
Bedouin friends any time - on the edge of the Sahara desert.
80% of moroccans are Amazigh people. (pronounced amazir.). Amazigh
... on the drive today we had the opportunity
of stopping at a large variety of campsites and found quite a few good
locations for wild camping.
Morocco is 1.7 times larger
than New Zealand has a population of 71 people per square kilometre
compared to New Zealand's 15 and the South Island's 6. Of course if you
remove the large portion of the country that is desert then the people
per square kilometre will ...