Looking outside the moving car window one day during our journey in Morocco, I couldn’t help but feel like being transported back to another age, that of decades ago when digital wasn’t even a concept yet. As the sun was setting and turning a mellow pink and purple, teenage children were coming out of schools like sheep out of a cage, some of them in groups and most of them looking happily content and talking to each other. It made me realize how different kids are here in another world, where gadgets are in closer proximity to their faces than real human interactions.
Though there certainly were mobile carriers and data connectivity almost everywhere we went in Morocco, I did not find the urge to look at my phone either, even probably spending the entire day outside without needing to check my phone. There was a certain peacefulness to the place, even in Marrakech in the midst of the chaotic souk. Or perhaps it’s because the country is brimming with so much art and color that the people didn’t need to distract themselves from the otherwise gray drudgeries of our familiar world. I would like to believe that rather than think that the country’s technology has been lagging compared to other first world countries.
If you ask me what I think of Morocco, I would never deny that it is beautiful. It’s natural rustic beauty is so inviting that I would not mind staying there for a few months just to explore the towns and absorb the culture. With it’s expansive farms sprawling with olives and sweet oranges, you can tell that nature has been kind to the locals in giving them great harvests, never having to withstand severe winters that take away dear life out of plants.
If you scroll down below, you’ll see some of the photos I had taken from our route from Marrakech to Essaouira. And if you pass through the goats picture, it’s true – they do climb trees to get some of their favorite olive skins.