Africa

  • Journey to the Atlas Mountains

    I think I may have mentioned this before in one of my previous blogs, but the thing I like most about travelling is meeting¬†incredible¬†people that you wouldn’t normally have the chance to meet.

    Two weeks ago we travelled to Marrakech in Morocco. We booked a half day camel ride and half day hike through the mountains (about 1.5-2 hrs outside Marrakech). I have to admit, the first half of the day was pretty disappointing but the hike was spectacular.

    Our guide was a local man that lived in the Berber villages in Imlil – in the Atlas Mountains area. His name is Abdul. We trekked through several villages, including his own. He was constantly stopping to say hello to everyone and shake hands.

    I have a habit of asking personal questions to people I have just met and Abdul was no exception. I asked about his job and whether he liked what he was doing. He replied and said that he loved his job, he loved bringing happiness to people and he said that that’s his meaning in life – to give to others (translated from broken English). He asked about our jobs and the only explanation that I could give him to make him understand was that it has something to do with computers. He asked if I liked my job and I couldn’t help umm-ing and arr-ing. Truth was that I didn’t and that is why I’ve decided to move on from the company.

    Abdul, the legend

    I’m glad I met Adbul – he’s free spirited, simple and honest. He’s a reminder that I should strive to find something that I love doing.

    Also, I’ve started interval training to improve my health so I can hike up those mountains!