Though main gate is still closed, there are queues gathering already on a small square in front of the entrance to an ancient Mayan city. First bus will come within minutes, then another, until the population of Chichén Itzá reaches the one from before over a thousand years.We rush to be one of the first ones to enter and have if only a short moment … Continue reading Chichén Itzá. In a Shadow of Feathered Serpent / W cieniu pierzastego węża.
A crowd fills up the space around the Fransisco Cantón Rosado square. Municipal town hall cloisters which tower over it, play a role of a loge seating. Yet still the best view is from the first row. Since noon one could already see people placing their chairs, stools and beer crates (mainly from the local favorite beer Sol) here. Kids do not need to rush, … Continue reading Valladolid. Carnival Queen / Królowa karnawału
From the top of the ancient pyramid in Cobá the jungle reminds me of a gigantic green carpet. The trees sway in the wind as if their branches were meant to protect the Mayan city from hungry eyes of travellers. They are doing a good job so far. Although it is hard to believe, in the city sprawling on the huge area of 80km2 men … Continue reading Coba. Raiders of the Lost Civilization / Poszukiwacze zaginionej cywilizacji.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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