Morocco

Sidi Ifni Besides the Obvious

Sidi Ifni, Spanish flavour in Southern Morocco

The libraries of the desert route. Part IV This is an article about Sidi Ifni, an old Spanish territory in the current Morocco, one of the last colonial dreams in the African Atlantic Coast.  It took the whole day to me to arrive to Sidi Ifni from Ouarzazate. There are no direct buses neither trains …

Bicicleta Besides the Obvious

Ksars, Oasis and a bicycle. Draa-Tafilalet region, Morocco

The libraries of the desert route. Part III This is an article about a bike route along Draa-Tafilalet region in the South of Morocco. Summer in Morocco can be hard or very hard. And I had an idea that made things worse. A bike. I had read about the attractions of the city of Ouarzazate …

ouarzazate Besides the Obvious

Survivors of a Kasbah, Ouarzazate, Morocco

The libraries of the desert route. Part II  This is an article about the lifestyle of the old Kasbah of Ouarzazate in Morocco. I had spent the day, backpack in tow, through Marrakech. It had not been a bad day at all, Marrakech is always a good plan. But I was tired and there is …

ouarzazate Besides the Obvious

Supervivientes de una Kasbah. Ouarzazate, Marruecos.

Las bibliotecas del desierto. Parte II Había pasado el día, mochila a cuestas, por Marrakech. No había sido un mal día, Marrakech es siempre un buen plan. Pero estaba cansado y hay un buen trozo andando desde la estación de autobuses CTM de la ciudad a La Medina. El autobús de la compañía CTM a Ouarzazate tiene …

marrakech Besides the obvious

Marrakech. La puerta del norte al desierto

Las bibliotecas del desierto. Parte I Fue en un viaje de Marrakech a Gambia a través del desierto del Sahara hasta el África negra subsahariana. Como bibliotecario, sabía de la existencia de colecciones privadas de libros antiguos ocultos en casas familiares en medio del Sahel mauritano. Esos libros habían pasado de generación en generación desde …

marrakech Besides the obvious

Marrakech. The northern gate to the desert

The libraries of the desert route. Part I This is an article about sightseeing in one single day in Marrakech. It was in a trip from Marrakech to Gambia across Sahara Desert till sub-Saharan black Africa. As a librarian I knew about the existence of hidden private ancient book collections in family houses in the …