This post will teach you four things:

  • the desert is alive, it moves and this might be quite dangerous
  • I most definitely am the queen of selfies. Not.
  • I can´t take pictures if the camera I use doesn´t have a viewfinder (the light gets in the way and I don´t see what I include in the picture, for example the big shadow in the picture of the mother with her daughter)
  • I can´t choose which pictures to publish, so here they all are: enjoy, poor you

At the end of October in Arfoud there is a big dates exhibition attracting people from all over Morocco (I am serious: there are no free hotel rooms in that period). The family I am living with went on a Saturday afternoon and, of course, I went along.

On our way to Arfoud we stopped because the children, and secretly me too, wanted to see the little desert dunes along the road. 

At first I couldn´t really believe that the desert actually was there: we aren´t far, but not just next to it. And that´s when I realized that the wind is moving the sand and, of course, creating new dunes where you don´t expect to find some. 

This is why all along the roads here there are a lot of fences made of woven palm leaves to block the desert. I have been told by a local professor, that the landscape changes so quickly, that where your parents had a field, now there is sand.

So, there we were with the three children running around like crazy and getting lost between those little dunes. You can´t realize from the pictures, but most of those dunes aren´t taller than me (and I am quite short). O well, you can see it from the last picture: the girl is four years old and she isn´t thaaat shorter than the sand mountain.

But anyway, even if this wasn´t the real Sahara, it was stunning, it was breathtaking and I just could´t stop looking at the beautiful waves that the wind draws on the sand: pure witchcraft (are we sure that the Weasleys went to Egypt and not to Morocco with the money  they won back in 1993?)

Arfoud, Morocco 2015
Arfoud, Morocco 2015 @pandaonavespa
Arfoud, Morocco 2015
Arfoud, Morocco 2015 @pandaonavespa
Arfoud, Morocco 2015
Arfoud, Morocco 2015 @pandaonavespa 
Arfoud, Morocco 2015
Arfoud, Morocco 2015 @pandaonavespa
Arfoud, Morocco 2015
Arfoud, Morocco 2015 @pandaonavespa
Arfoud, Morocco 2015
Arfoud, Morocco 2015 @pandaonavespa
Arfoud, Morocco 2015
Arfoud, Morocco 2015 @pandaonavespa
Arfoud, Morocco 2015
Arfoud, Morocco 2015 @pandaonavespa
Arfoud, Morocco 2015
Arfoud, Morocco 2015 @pandaonavespa
Arfoud, Morocco 2015
Arfoud, Morocco 2015 @pandaonavespa
Arfoud, Morocco 2015
Arfoud, Morocco 2015 @pandaonavespa
Arfoud, Morocco 2015
Arfoud, Morocco 2015 @pandaonavespa
Arfoud, Morocco 2015
Arfoud, Morocco 2015 @pandaonavespa
Arfoud, Morocco 2015
Arfoud, Morocco 2015 @pandaonavespa
Arfoud, Morocco 2015
Arfoud, Morocco 2015 @pandaonavespa
Arfoud, Morocco 2015
Arfoud, Morocco 2015 @pandaonavespa
Arfoud, Morocco 2015
Arfoud, Morocco 2015 @pandaonavespa
Arfoud, Morocco 2015
Arfoud, Morocco 2015 @pandaonavespa

3 thoughts on “Morocco: happy kids and the fake Sahara

  1. These sand dunes are so wonderful! Isn’t it beautiful how the wind can make such big changes in a desert? Also, it was great to see all these photos, you don’t even need to select haha 🙂

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