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We left Essaouira and headed to Taroudant, traveling through Berber country. It felt almost as if we were in the midst of a biblical landscape.

Goats

On our way we stopped to stretch our limbs, and watched cute goats go wild after Argan trees.  A word of advice, though: some greedy locals have begun to exploit the poor goats to make money by tying the goats to the trees just to attract tourists looking for a good shot, and charge a fee. If you love and respect animals, and care for the environment, don’t cooperate with this conduct. By all means, stop on the way, where you can rest, and watch the goats in their natural habitat, free and happy.

Goats onroute to Taroudant
Goats can be seen climbing Argan trees and nibbling its leaves
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Ahalan goaty

Argan Oil

Around Morocco you will notice many vendors trying to sell Argan oil or products containing the oil. The Moroccans boast the many benefits of the oil: great for hair (shine) and skin (moisturizer), health (lower blood pressure, cholesterol, prevent oxidation), and culinary (seasoning and flavoring).

I am sure you will also notice the men at the front of the stores, while the women who work on producing the argan oil, are quietly seated at the back of the store, or nearby, but are not involved in the selling process. Recently, more and more vendors will advertise  “women co-operatives” as their argan source. Unfortunately these are not always genuine. Please try to investigate, before buying, that the shop is indeed using an accredited all-women cooperative (which is usually supervised by the UCFA- Union of Argan Oil Women Cooperatives), that benefits women, especially Berber or Amazigh women at remote places, and part of the Moroccan heritage.

We visited the remote village of Tighanimine to purchase some Argan products directly from Coopérative Tighanimine, that runs solely by women, for women.

Argan products

Besides, when traveling to far off places, you encounter unexpected, fun things.

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Well, tajines are pretty much expected, but still nice to taste different variations
Touching base with the ocean
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Camel caravan. Never seen so many camels altogether in my life.
Passing Agadir in a flash

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I’m accumulator of photos. I’m interested in patterns, shapes, colors, history, and it’s change throughout time. Maybe that’s why I fixate on doors (and knobs, and windows, and floors/roofs, and…).

I’ll let my photos speak.

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This is my favorite. Which one’s yours?

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Ok, not a door. Still love it.

 

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bamboo forest

bamboo forest

They are magical and noble. They are famous in Japan and Panda Bears love them.

Walking through the bamboo forest makes one believe in fairy tales. I feel so blessed to have such a gem near me, a place to just sit, observe, reflect.

Bamboo is not only beautiful, but a big friend to the environment. It appears that bamboo consumes bulky amounts of CO2 that exist in the atmosphere, converts it into carbohydrates, thus releasing oxygen. Bamboo is respected at last for being such a great sustainable building material for all kinds of uses, from floors, to fences, furniture, and even knitting needles. For staying happy, One can eat it (bamboo shoots), play the flute bamboo, or even, errr, get drunk (read about the gorillas that got drunk on bamboo sap).

So, where is this little spot of tranquility? Right here in NJ, Rutgers Gardens.

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