When a Smile Speaks a Thousand Words. In Morocco

When I told my British colleagues at work that I was going to Morocco all by myself they were concerned and tried to change my mind. You see, they feed their minds with fake news and fear, they choose to believe that love and kindness are not something we all practice. During my short, but the…

Casual Moroccan Love

Running late. I have been invited to my new friend’s house for the home cooked rice after a prayer. I can still make it if I can remember which way to go. Streets look less busy. Everyone is coming back from Friday prayer here in Fez. I cannot remember which way to go. Some of…

Same Same But Different Blue Sky

If you are going to Thailand or Vietnam, you need to learn a phrase ‘same same but different’. How to use ‘same same but different’: You are shopping with your girlfriend and a lady behind a counter asks if this is your wife. You answer ‘same same but different’. You have found a Rolex watch…

The Satisfaction of People Watching

The immense satisfaction of people watching. Do you ever get that? I was stuck at the airport in Amsterdam. Put on a waiting list after running like a mad person all sweaty and thirsty, hoping to get on the next flight for a long awaited family reunion. Took me hours to get bored. I find strangers…

Extreme Close Up

An ordinary Tuesday evening. Warmer than usual. I have cooked dinner. It’s time to do the dishes. I notice colourful flowers outside my kitchen window. I have never seen them before. They must be loving the sunshine as much as I do. Dishes can wait. I am going to operate inspired by a lovely Mel…

Fascination With Tiles

Sometimes I watch tourists taking pictures in my own city. I try to look up with them. Very often it is something I have never paid much attention to or have never even seen before. I wonder if one can be oblivious to the beauty of Moroccan tiles. A gentleman at the market in Fez…

Slowing Down and Inhaling the Blues

9 am. The driver is here. They gave me a seat at the front. I am the only one travelling without a friend. So happy. Will be able to take pictures through the window. It’s so hot. Why isn’t he putting an air conditioner on? I am sweating. The driver says another 3 hours to…

Moroccan Rug of Dreams

‘Stop taking pictures. Are you from China? Do you want to steal my designs? Why are you taking so many pictures? Click! Click! Stop now! One is enough. Stop it.’ I smile. I need more time and someone in a bold outfit for the shot I have in mind. The one that makes your heritage pop out….

Smiling At Strangers

Sat in a coffee shop, watching the world and taking pictures of strangers. Who knew? They smiled. Big and genuine smiles. Brits are not so miserable after all (got to work on my sarcasm). I hope you have a great day and I hope you smile at strangers. Surprise Harmony

Crazy Cat Lady

‘Quick! Where is my phone? You’ve got cats!’ ‘Don’t worry, they are not going anywhere them cats.’ ‘How do you know?’ ‘They come here often.’ ‘I bet you feed them.’ ‘Maybe. Let me see if there’s some fish left from that pasta.’ ‘You are crazy!’ ‘Do you want to let them in? What’s the time?…

Never Underestimate the Ant People

I salute you if you do not judge. I salute you if you know how to listen without interrupting or jumping to the next exciting thing when you feel you are satisfied with the answer.  Do you judge when you meet someone new? What if I died my hair blue thinking that mermaids had better dreams?…

Green Shades

Delilah has run out of plates and mugs. Her spoons are mouldy. Delilah is waiting for a reply to her texts. Delilah sees heart shaped trees and clouds. In response to a photo challenge It IS Easy Being Green!