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Zalipie. Paint Me a Meadow / Namaluj mi łąkę

A thick smoke filled the room. It eddied along its walls lazily floating towards the attic where it could find a way out through the roof. A woman got up, opened wide cottage’s only window, coughed silently and again slowly walked towards the stove. There, in its lovely heat, on a bench, nestled in a straw covered old coat lied a big black cat. Also … Continue reading Zalipie. Paint Me a Meadow / Namaluj mi łąkę

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El Jadida. Taking over the World / Przejmowanie władzy nad światem

Only the sound of rain drops falling on the stone floor breaks the absolute silence around us. In a place such as this, one can hear even the smallest whisper. What sort of secret society used to be meeting here and conspiring in order to take over the absolutely power over the world? In my mind’s eye I can already see Robert Langdon solving another … Continue reading El Jadida. Taking over the World / Przejmowanie władzy nad światem

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Essaouira. City of Wind / Wietrzne miasto

They set sail when it is still dark, before the first rays of sun reflect on the calm and peaceful waves of the Atlantic ocean. Fishing boats and cutters. Some faded, shabby, but the rest look as if they were built only yesterday. Tonight yet again we are going to see fishermen carrying a bucket of blue paints and a brush in their hands. Their … Continue reading Essaouira. City of Wind / Wietrzne miasto

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Tin Mal. The Heart of the Almohad Empire / Serce imperium Almohadów

Mohamed Ibn Tumart is born in a Berber tribe in the middle of Atlas. Since his youngest years Islam is his whole world. While his father lights the candles in the local mosque, the son studies the holy book and begs for money in the streets. Before turning 30 he fulfills his duty and does hajj, a pilgrimage to Mekka. Later, he continues studies in Baghdad. … Continue reading Tin Mal. The Heart of the Almohad Empire / Serce imperium Almohadów

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Ouzoud. Macaque’s Waterfalls / Małpie wodospady

Ouzoud in a Berber language literally means “an act of grinding grain”.  But the Moroccans do not come here for bread. Though a dozen of old mills are still operational, the real highlight of Ouzoud are its waterfalls. 600 meters deeps canyon seems unreachable at first, but it fast turns out that taking a pleasant road covered in olive trees will take you all the … Continue reading Ouzoud. Macaque’s Waterfalls / Małpie wodospady

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Marrakech. A Day in the Imperial City / Dzień w królewskim mieście

The name Marrakech is most likely derived from the Berber words “amur” and “akush” which literally mean “The Land of God”. Is there anyone who hasn’t heard of the Red City? In 1062 it lured the Almoravid dynasty who left here numerous mosques, madrases as well as the famous red walls. Nowadays Marrakech continuous to lure millions of visitors from around the world each year, … Continue reading Marrakech. A Day in the Imperial City / Dzień w królewskim mieście

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Ait Benhaddou. Welcome to the city of Yunkai / Witajcie w mieście Yunkai

There are no less than 1000 kasbah at the foothills of Atlas. Built some 500 years ago, they still stand unchanged despite the time that passed. Only some got the electricity connected, while most of the Berbers continue to live the way their ancestors taught them, working hard to ensure their families got everything they need. We reach the most famous village in the southern … Continue reading Ait Benhaddou. Welcome to the city of Yunkai / Witajcie w mieście Yunkai

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Telouet. Kasbah at the End of the World / Kasba na końcu świata

Our car drives with a fascinating speed of 15km per hour, leaving clouds of dust behind. There is no regular road leading towards Telouet. It looks more like a rally route or a badly prepared bike path. We are not entirely convinced whether we have made a good choice, but either way, the road is not at all suitable for turning around. Our guidebook did … Continue reading Telouet. Kasbah at the End of the World / Kasba na końcu świata

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Atlas Studios. The Biggest Film Studios in the World / Największe studio filmowe na świecie

Widziałem dzisiaj niewolnika, który stał się potężniejszy od Cesarza Rzymu There is nothing about Hassan that makes him look like a common guide. In his dark Ray-Bans he reminds me more of a fighter pilot, an Arabic version of Tom Cruise from Top Gun. Before we know it, he could leave us, sit in the cabin of his F-16 and fly away to fight ISIS … Continue reading Atlas Studios. The Biggest Film Studios in the World / Największe studio filmowe na świecie

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Dades. Valley from the Outer World / Dolina z innego świata

Sand and dust whirlwinds hovering around us effectively block all the views through the windshield of our car. We think then that we wouldn’t like to be in the shoes of the employees of the carwash they will take our car to after the rental. Fear. Should be continue driving? Should we turn around? If so… where to? Rocky desert stretching at the feet of … Continue reading Dades. Valley from the Outer World / Dolina z innego świata