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Elenas's trip

MOROCCO

For our holidays a few friends and I flew to Morocco, that country so close and yet so unknown.

Marrakech, with all its charms and mysteries, transported us to a magical atmosphere: the organised chaos of the general lifestyle, the people and their customs, the main square Djemaa el Fna and the colours, aromas and flavours of the souk, not to mention the medina with its maze of narrow alleys, mosques, palaces and gardens.

Our trip coincided with the month of Ramadan, an amazing cultural experience where we were able to witness first-hand how Muslims practise their strict fast, and how on hearing the call to prayer hundreds of people congregate in the square in front of the Koutoubia mosque to pray in unison. It was all incredibly moving to watch.

We also crossed the Atlas Mountains and the Draa Valley to reach the Sahara desert, where we spent a few days living like true Berbers. Gazing at the vast night sky and watching the sun rise are moments that I will never forget. Because as the old Arab proverb says, “The value of things lies not in the time they last but in traces they leave behind.”

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