Merzouga


"We made it to the nothingness and realised it was everything."
A desert adventure like none-other, 7 friends flying in from 5 different countries. The meeting point, a bus stop in the middle of no-where, literally. Hitting the Sahara is a must when visiting Morocco. If there is anything that these people cherish, it's their long and colourful history that ties them to their land. From the Berber to the Tuareg tribes, the traditions living on for thousands of years and we were lucky enough to be able to experience the hospitality of the locals first hand. We made our way over the atlas mountains and set on one of the longest journeys to be made in Morocco. Long but worth it, because once you're there the real adventure kicks in.
I myself have done the desert many times, in many ways and I can say there is nothing like sleeping under the billions of stars that litter the sky. As the sun disappears into the vast nothingness and and the temperature drops it becomes evident just how skilled these people are at something we take for granted, survival. Using nothing that surrounds them the ancient tribes of this land have managed to not only survive, but live on. Their traditions, their culture, their legacy is something that is everywhere in Morocco. It's something that the Moroccan people are truly proud of. 
We ditched the camels and opted for the adventurous route, with two local Berbers by our side we took to Merzouga with dune buggies and a boom blasting our favourite Anderson Paak. tunes. It was just us, the sand and the sky. We were able to explore, hitting a high point in the desert just in time to see the colours of the sunset, imagine a sunset with no beginning or end reflecting off the bright blue sky and orange sand. All I can say is magic. 
Sometimes you realise that nothing is everything, appreciating the simple things, like your closest friends immersing themselves in a foreign culture, eating a tagine cooked by a local Berber woman who is seeing her reflection in our mirror for the first time. The night ends as we smoke Moroccan hash by the fire, listening to traditional live music being played just for us, laying in the cold sand while we wait for the next shooting star to amaze us.  
Luigi holding a Lost Little One vegetable tanned duffle in Jemaa el Fnaa Africas largest sqaure
famous Koutoubia Mosque in Jemma el Fna, Marrakech Morocco
Boy holding his vegetable tanned Moroccan leather duffle bag in Marrakech Morocco's largest square.
en route the Sahara here is a muslim woman all dressed in black looking out into the distance, the terrain is dry, there are tress but the weather is hot and everything seems thirsty
The main street in Merzouga, Morocco. A small town located in the middle of the Moroccan desert. The road is dusty
A boy and a girl with curly hair sit in the terrace of a hostel in Merzouga Morocco, the walls are decorated with bright coloured aztec style paint
Palm Trees & Blue skies on the edge of the desert in Merzouga, Morocco
Three people stand outside the local hostel in Merzouga, Morocco. The weather is hot and the sky is blue
In the streets of Merzouga a woman carries a big bag of goods into the main street, she is wearing a hijab
A motorbike stands alone in front of an old shop in Merzouga Morocco. The shop is closed it is hot and dusty
We found the nothingness and discovered it was everything. Three young adults stand on the edge of the desert in Merzouga Morocco. It is hot and dry, they are wearing red, pattern and brightly coloured shirts
The streets of a small town in Merzouga Morocco, at the end of the dusty street there are tall palm trees
A boy stands in the middle of the road he is wearing a black vegetable tanned Moroccan leather bumbag. He is in the main street in Merzouga Morocco
A boy stands in the middle of the road he is wearing a black vegetable tanned Moroccan leather bumbag. He is in the main street in Merzouga Morocco
A picture taken from the town peering into the Desert. You can see a small dune it is orange in colour, some building cover it slightly. The Desert is close
A boy sits in the desert wearing traditional berber head scarf to protect his face from the snd and the wind. Behind him the dunes are high, the sand s orange and the sky is blue, he is holding a vegetable tanned Moroccan leather bumbag with Moroccan Kilim carpet detailing
Two local Moroccan people walk in the distance, they are walking towards the desert with dunes in front of them. The sand is orange and the sky is blue, it is hot in Merzouga Morocco
A young boy stands on top of the desert dunes, it is just him and the blue sky and the orange sand. HE is wearing a traditional Berber headscarf to protect his face from the sand and the wind
Four young people boys and girls sit in front of a local building in Merzouga Morocco, the windows have traditional Moroccan metal work on them. they are wearing brightly coloured pattern shirts and traditional Berber headscarf to protect their face from the wind and the sand
six friends are adventuring into the desert. Merzouga, Morocco. The are walking in a line on top of the dunes, the sky is bright blue and the sand is yellowish orange. They are all wearing bright colours and patterns and very bright Berber headscarves
a man stands in the distance almost completely surrounded by desert orange sand dunes, the sky is a burnt colour, the sun is setting
7 friends take a picture of their reflection in the desert. Merzozuga Morocco. The desert sand is bright orange and the sky is blue. They are all making shapes with their bodies
six friends are adventuring into the desert. Merzouga, Morocco. The are walking in a line on top of the dunes, the sky is bright blue and the sand is yellowish orange. They are all wearing bright colours and patterns and very bright Berber headscarves. There is a row of trees in front of them
seven friends sit to take a picture completely surrounded by sand in the desert Merzouga Morocco. They area ll wearing different brightly coloured clothes with patterns and prints, they are also wearing Berber headscarves in bright colours
Friends are standing in the sahara desert with a local berber man, the sun is hot, the sand is bright orange and the sky blue. They are all wearing brightly coloured patterns and prints as well as bright coloured headscarves
A group of boys in their dune buggy in Sahara desert Merzouga Morocco. They are wearing bright patterns and print and they have a berber local accompanying them
A group of friends both boys and girls are standing on and around their dune buggy in Sahara desert Merzouga Morocco. They are wearing bright patterns and print They are surrounded by the desert
Three friends stand on a dune in the desert looking over the dune buggies that sit on their own in front of them. The sand in Merzouga, Morocco is bright orange and the sky is blue
a man stands in the distance almost completely surrounded by desert orange sand dunes, the sky is blue. He is in Merzouga Morocco
A group of friends stand on and arounds their dune buggy in the desert in Merzouga, Morocco. They are listening to the two local berber men explain to them the rules of the desert
A boy stands smoking a cigerette, he is wearing a white shirt and has a black vegetable tanned moroccan leather bag slung around is body
two men sit on top of their dune buggy in the desert. They are in Merzouga, Morocco. One is putting a traditional berber headscarf on as the tail end drapes all the way onto the floor. The other already has his face scarfed up. The sky is blue and the desert sand is orange
Two boys stand in the desert of Merzouga Morocco. One has a traditional scarf around his head and the other is wearing a hat and has a black vegetable tanned Moroccan leather bumbag around his body. They are surrounded completely by desert
two men sit on top of their dune buggy in the desert. They are in Merzouga, Morocco. One is putting a traditional berber headscarf on as the tail end drapes all the way onto the floor. The other already has his face scarfed up. The sky is blue and the desert sand is orange as two more friends stand underneath looking up and watching
A local berber man stands in the middle of the Sahara desert. He is in Merzouga Morocco he is wearing a full berber outfit and head scarf dyed in the traditional indigo blue. He is surrounded by nothing but orange sand and blue skies
Two men are in the desert the are jumping off their dune buggy. They are in Merzouga Morocco. The sand is orange and the sky is blue
A man stands on his dune buggy in the Sahara desert. The sky is blue and the sand is orange. He is in Merzouga Morocca and by the buggy are two berber men, completely dressed in traditional outfits their suits are dyed blue with indigo
A berber man stands in the desert putting his black headscarf on his head, he is dressed in a traditional indigo jilaba.
Two young people climb back up the dunes after sand boarding in the desert in merzouga Morocco. they are wearing brightly coloured pattern shirts
A vegetable tanned Moroccan leather bumbag sitting on a table in Merzouga Morocco. There is a digital camera in the bag
En route home from the sahara as we stop in a small town and admire the view
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