We haven’t fallen off of the face of the earth or entered witness protection – Rosie, our lovely new puppy, recently moved in with us!
I recently went to part of the Rabat medina slightly out of my normal trajectory. I usually take visitors to Rue des Consuls, though an emergency phyllo dough purchase sent us towards the section of the medina closer to Bab el Had, a section of the medina that is far less sanitized for mass ingestion by tourists. In short, it was fantastic. I haven’t been to that section of the medina for a few months and was much more interested in it now that we have lived here for almost half of a year.
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While walking through the Rabat kasbah I came across two of my favorite street performers / musicians. They aren’t as flashy as their counterparts in Fes who all appear to be either dipped in gold or brandishing as many instruments as possible, nor are they as numerous as the groups that populate Jemma el-Fnaa in Marrakesh.
WFD came through Morocco and – of course – demanded to eat as much authentic Moroccan food as possible. Rabat has fantastic restaurants serving up great tagines and brochettes, though after a few days WFD demanded the real thing, the stuff that people eat while they’re on the go – the street / market food. Off to the medina.
Moving to Morocco has provided me with an incredible opportunity to approach photography from a new angle. I have travelled throughout China, Hong Kong, India and Central America lugging multiple flavors of medium format gear and film, though I have never had a chance to set up shop and get comfortable with my surroundings. In the past it has always been a rush from city to city with very little time to react to challenges and new vantage points – if I was interested in creating an image, time was of the essence as I may not see that place…