If you’re interested in reading any of our travel posts from Morocco before you watch these videos, you can find them here.
The first video shows a Berber market high up in the Atlas mountains. We had hired a local tour guide to take us around and after riding camels near the city, we were not expecting something like this at all. We were the only tourists amongst a group of locals going about their daily routine and experienced things we would not find in the Medina. We walked past a man fitting a donkey with a shoe, saw camel legs and brains being sold at a stand, and caught a glimpse of a young boy having his blood drained in one of the market huts. He was coughing and throwing up due to illness and they believed that by draining his blood, the “bad” blood would leave his body.
Berber Market from Postcards from Rachel on Vimeo.
The next video shows a women’s Argan co-operative. Widows from the local villages work here to support their families and themselves, and all the work is done by hand. The oil extracted from a hard nut is used to make cooking and dipping oils, lotion, hair products, lip gloss, face masks and other goods. The work is very tedious but the women were happy and talkative when we arrived.After we left the co-operative, we turned onto a rough rode going up into the mountains and made our way to an Imam’s house for lunch. Lunch consisted of tradition Moroccan cuisine like chicken tagine and couscous, and all of the funds went to purchase new kitchen equipment for this family. You’ll be able to see a wonderful view of the mountains from the top of his roof.
Argan Oil Cooperative and Atlas Mountains from Postcards from Rachel on Vimeo.
If you ever have any questions about our trip to Morocco, feel free to email me. This was one of our most memorable trips and I’d love to return!
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