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 Atlas mountains appears to be dead. Only from time to time, ancient ruins of mighty kasbah appear on a horizon. If not for the herds of camels, which we sporadically meet, we would be completely alone.

Wiry kurzu i piasku unoszące się w powietrzu skutecznie zasłaniają nam widok przez przednią szybę samochodu. Myślimy wtedy, że nie chcielibyśmy być w butach pracowników myjni, do której po wynajmie zostanie oddany nasz samochód. Strach. Jechać dalej? A może zawrócić? Tylko gdzie? Kamienna pustynia rozciągająca się u podnóży gór Atlas sprawia wrażenie martwej. Tylko od czasu do czasu na horyzoncie majaczą ruiny potężnych Kasb. Gdyby nie mijane przez nas sporadycznie stada wielbłądów bylibyśmy tu całkiem sami.

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Is this still Morocco or already wild Africa? / Czy to wciąż Maroku, czy już dzika Afryka?

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Camels protesting about lack of fresh water access by creating a road block. / Wielbłądy blokują drogę w proteście przeciwko braku dostępu do świeżej wody.
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Welcome to Mars! / Witamy na Marsie!
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Apparently there is life and water on Mars… / Najwyraźniej na Marsie jest życie i woda…

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This handsome guy below for example is a true-born Moroccan. You can easily recognize it by its well cared-for, straight and snow-white teeth. It might sound cruel (hope I won’t offend anyone) but the teeth of Moroccans often resemble a deteriorating sandy ksour… The direct reason for this is Moroccans love for sweets. And sweets of Morocco are sweeter than sugar.

Ten przystojniak na dole chociażby to rodowity Marokańczyk. Można to poznać po niezwykle zadbanych, prostych i śnieżnobiałych zębach. Zabrzmi to okrutnie ale uzębienie mieszkańców Maroka jest jak pałac z piaskowca. Sypie się w oczach… Jest to bezpośredni efekt zamiłowania Marokańczyków do słodyczy. A tutejsze słodycze są słodsze niż cukier.

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One photo, one dirham! / Jedno zdjęcie, jeden dirham!

As we are almost ready to spend yet another night at the desert (without a guide this time, but in a company of camels), the rocky land suddenly flourishes with colors. Life-giving waters of Dades river flow here from the top of the High Atlas. Its valley forms possibly one of the most beautiful landscapes we have ever had a pleasure to see.

Gdy już powoli zaczynamy oswajać się z myślą o kolejnej nocy spędzonej na pustyni (tym razem bez przewodnika, choć w towarzystwie wielbłądów), skalista kraina nabiera barw. Prosto z gór Atlasu płyną tutaj życiodajne wody rzeki Dades. Jej dolina to chyba jeden z najpiękniejszych krajobrazów, które kiedykolwiek było nam dane oglądać.

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A sight of a foreign car here is a rare one. So rare, even a Berber squirrel decides to take a peek. / Widok zagranicznego samochodu to rzadkość. Nawet wiewiórka berberyjska decyduje się wybadać sytuację.

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Like on an impressionistic painting, the rocks outcrop in front of us in forms that could easily form a scenery for a next chapter of Star Wars saga. They are lovely, almost surreal. Almond  and fig trees as well as rose bushes, grew and cared for despite the heat by the Berbers complement the picture. You wish you could stay longer in the heavenly valley of Dades. And some do. Some stay forever.

Niczym na obrazie impresjonisty wypiętrzają się przed nami skały o formach tak niezwykłych, że mogłyby posłużyć jako krajobraz kolejnej części Gwiezdnych Wojen. Są przepięknie, wręcz nierealne. Drzewa migdałowe, figi oraz krzewy różane uprawiane w pocie czoła przez Berberów dopełniają obrazu. W rajskiej Dolinie Dades chce się zostać na dłużej, a niektórzy zostają tu na zawsze.

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Morocco is a friendly country, entire families greet you on the road ;) Together with their cats.  / Maroko to gościnny kraj, przy drogach witają was całe rodziny ;) Wraz z kotem.

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The valley is filled with almond trees. This time of a year the views are magnificent. / Dolina pełna jest migdałowców. O tej porze roku widoki są niesamowite.

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Boumalne Dades lying at 1500m over the sea level is now home to a musician called Daoud. The artist, who traveled half of the world decided to return to his homeland and establish a hostel in the valley of Dades. A family dinner, private concert and one of its kind interior design are what is waiting for you in Les 5 Lunes.

Listen to Daoud on YouTube.

Położone na wysokości 1500m Boumalne Dades wybrał na swój dom muzyk Daoud. Artysta, który zwiedził pół świata, zdecydował się wrócić w rodzinne strony i założyć hostel w dolinie Dades. Rodzinna kolacja, prywatny koncert i urocze, jedyne w swoim rodzaju wnętrza – takiego przyjęcia możecie się spodziewać w Les 5 Lunes.

Posłuchajcie Daouda na YouTube.

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77 thoughts on “Dades. Valley from the Outer World / Dolina z innego świata

    1. Thank You for your kind words. I am happy I could bring You along for this journey! And best of luck and fun during your stay in Warsaw! You now probably know it way better than I do, despite me being Polish, haha.

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  1. I like the way you present your personal travel experiences with factual information and of course with your outstanding photography. Whether the pictures show a camel’s face, an intriguing rock formation or the desolate region of Southern Morocco, they impress me with their power of telling a story.

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    1. I believe that the stories can bring photos to life. When I first set up my blog I thought it would be a memory book for myself and my wife, perhaps something we could also show to our friends. I am so much thankful and excited that what I do is appreciated and seen by more and more people now :-) Such words as yours give me a huge smile!

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    1. Haha :-) I would say… YES and… no. I think every traveler would be willing to get some ice cream. But then – Dades gets only a few dozens of travelers daily perhaps?

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    1. Ďakujem veľmi pekne!
      Dziękuję :) Mam nadzieję, że wkrótce Maroko znów będzie bezpieczne i będzie można tam podróżować. Wzajemnie życzę dobrego wieczoru!

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      1. Dobre życzenia, życzę, aby wszystkie kraje i ludzi, aby zwrócić się do podróży, bez strachu i obaw. Była bardzo krótki czas, kiedy i b y lo ?
        Dobrý večer Anna

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    1. The photos do not show it all – we were mostly amazed by the fact that the landscapes were changing constantly. Each hour was bringing something new to the table.

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  2. Magnificent landscapes, a dream-land, a paradise! I have never in my life seen such rock structures before, real interesting and want to find out more. Thanks for such a lovely illustrated write up. Sharing on Fb.

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  3. I was struck by the rock formations, and the way in which the buildings seem camouflaged. I also loved the vibrant colours in the hostel in Dades, Maciek.
    This is something I doubt I’ll ever do (similar to many of your travels). So it is lovely to journey through yours, and Aga’s eyes.

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    1. You are welcome and we are happy you came along this time as well :-) The rock formations were something I had never seen before in my life, we were absolutely in awe.
      Daoud was friendly and welcoming, we got an excellent tajine for dinner and spent a great evening.

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    1. Definitely Robyn! If anything, these people must be strong and self-sufficient. They live in one of the most beautiful places in the world, but at the same time, it is a tough place to be.

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  4. ho invidiato molto questo tuo bellissimo viaggio molto avventuroso! le immagini spettacolari, ma soprattutto l’affascinante sorriso del cammello! e poi le immagini contrastanti per arrivare ai colori squillanti delle ultime, le descrizioni ottime
    grazie, davvero un bel viaggio
    ti auguro un giorno felice
    Annalisa

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    1. Grazie Annalisa! Sono contento che ti è piaciuto la foto del cammello – è uno dei miei preferiti! Il suo sorriso è irresistibile Grazie;-) per la visita e vi auguro una buona giornata! Saluti. Maciek.

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    1. The Atlas is one of the biggest surprises for us. The mountains are amazing, mysterious and beautiful. We liked them, even if we got caught in a storm the other day (it’s common in High Atlas, as well as flooding). Definite highlight!

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  5. Thank you for recently visiting my blog. I really enjoyed all your photos above on your trip to Morocco. Sounds like a wonderful trip and love the close up of the camels. :)

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  6. Love your blog! I have been to Morocco too and found it enchanting as well. You have a fantastic way with words and telling a story. I also love this blog because it’s in polish and I am learning to speak polish. Will keep up with your posts xx

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    1. Thank you Athena! These are some lovely words coming from you and I am thankful :-) Keeps me going! I am also happy that the bi-lingual style of this blog can help you learn Polish. How is it going, I can only imagine the language must be difficult?

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      1. Hi Pan thanks for getting back to me. It is such a pleasure to read your blog, your style of writing will inform my own style for travel writing as I have just got back to New Zealand from a holiday to Poland. My boyfriend is Polish so the holiday was to go and meet his family there. We went to Krakow, Kudowa Zdroy, Wroclaw and Zamosc and so I’ve got lots of things to write about in the coming months. Re learning Polish my boyfriend is a native speaker and both of his parents are teachers so it has been really easy to learn Polish actually. I’d imagine learning it with no help would be difficult though. Love your country so much, I want to move there!

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