Rabat, Morocco: Riad

Riad

I have always had a place in my heart for Morocco. This is my seventh trip, but the first to Rabat. It is quite a livable city and a target-rich environment for a photographer.

I am staying with a traditional Muslim family in a lovely riad. They are such loving and kind people. I am very lucky. The family has offered me a place in their home for me to live if I decide to come back. “Better to be with others than alone,” they said.

Hafsa helped me get a sim card for my phone today. We strolled arm in arm through the Souks. I had forgotten how much I enjoy walking together like that with another woman. Their house is in the old part of town. Hafsa and all her sisters are excellent cooks, and the house is located in the middle of the fresh food area. I am in heaven!

When we got back home, her husband was kneeling on his prayer rug. I offered to do dishes so that Hafsa could get to her prayers, too.

Headed To Europe and North Africa

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In Mexico City, leaving for Spain and North Africa tonight. Carrying a 70-200mm 1.8 telephoto lens, a 24 -120mm 1.4, a 35 mm 1.8, a 50mm 1.8, a speedlight, a reflector, and a tripod, plus a couple of t-shirts, two pairs of pants and boots. The hotel is in the center of the camera district – going to look for a meter and shoot-through softbox this morning.

Eight days of 4-hour sleep. I got everything done, though, including a class on lighting by Jose Luis Uribe (AWESOME) and two photoshoots. My survey is completed for my new client and we are now in test mode. Also, got two photos accepted in another show. Yeah, baby!