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November 30, 2004

Lucy 11.30.04

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I think she liked me.

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November 29, 2004

The Sahara Desert 11.29.04

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The Sahara Desert is pure in form like that of the ocean. The wind constantly changes the landscape. Subtracting the lighter sand granules from the ground to the air and placing them again on the next sand dune. Their are no straight lines in the desert, all curves, one after another. At night their are more stars then I have ever seen. You feel like you are in space and not on earth. Except for the little critters that try and steel your food from your hands and the camel making noises.

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November 28, 2004

Lucy 11.28.04

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Lucy is very cute, very friendly, and amazing legs.

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November 27, 2004

Bab Aganaou, Marrekesh 11.27.04

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My fqvirite of all the public gates made of slate.

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Adgz 11.27.04

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Adgz is a beautiful Berber town that still has living inhabitants. It is in this valley of mountains called the Dades Gorge. A river runs along the bottom of the valley feeding the town with lush gardens and many trees to shade the hot sun in the summer. My guide is showing me one of the tiny courtyards open to the sun above. Sun rarely reaches the bottom of these courtyards for they are narrow and tall.

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Toutlet Kasbah 11.27.04

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Toutlet is a magical Berber town in the High Atlas Mountains. Unfortunately the Kasbah is in shambels, it has literally melted from the inhabitants moving out and the rain washing away the mud walls. Kasbahs are Berber towns that are made of mud, pine, and bamboo. The little spanning capability of pine makes the series of spaces tiny and compact.

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November 26, 2004

Marrekesh Souk 11.26.04

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Marreksh Souks have the same air as the main square. You truly feel like you are in another culture that is not westernized. Unfortunately this air is highly supported by the tourist industry which has been severly hurt after 9/11.

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The El Beihdi Palace 11.26.04

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The Elbeidi Palace was exactly what I was looking for in monumentality. The walls were 4 1/2 feet thick. The red eartch that these walls were made of soaked in the sunlight and they appeared to glow.

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El Beidi Palace

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November 25, 2004

Marrekesh 11.25.04

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As I entered Marrekesh this is the first thing I saw. It is the heart of Marrekesh if not Morocco. It is probably the most active square I have ever been in. Many groups of drummers, speakers, food, fire, smoke, snake charmers, donkeys, monkeys.

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November 24, 2004

Koubba in Marrekesh 11.24.04

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November 23, 2004

Meat Souk 11.23.04

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Casablanca Souk Stand 11.23.04

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The streets of the Medina are alive for every shopfront is directly connected to the street. Public space and private space are one in the same.

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November 22, 2004

Casablanca 11.22.04

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My first image of Morocco was in Casablanca. The green tiles in Morocco are like pieces of jewelery hung across the beautiful masonry skins of the cities. This is an image of a Bab or Gate into the Medina. Medina means walled city. Moroccan cities are divided into The Medina and the new city. The Medina has Arabic orgins and the new city is of French origins.

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