A beautiful and colourful wonderland hidden amongst the tiny winding streets of the Fez Medina, Morocco! Who would think that between the chickens and olives you’d find this. The independent artist makes everything himself and designed the entire hallway of beauty! 💜💛💚❤️💙💖
Miss sharing giggles with this sweet and classy lady 😍 amongst the pleasing patterns of Marrakech 💕
You’re a messy poem, a torn canvas, an angry heart.
You are beautiful in way he could never understand, strange in thoughts that never crossed his mind.
You are different and terrifying to him.
He looks at you and backs away from your fire.
He touches you and he flinches away from your sharp edges.
He looks at you and sees a thunderstorm that scares him to the core;
he cannot see what’s beneath your skin,
he cannot hear the fragility in your voice when it shakes with rage,
he cannot see the sanity in the shreds of your irrationality,
he cannot see your strength when you spit the truth like poison,
he cannot see the beauty in your mess,
he cannot see you no matter how hard he looks and it’s not your fault nor his;
you aren’t made for people like him, people who cannot understand the paradox that you are.
You are made for people who understand the terrors that exist within ones self,
people who appreciate the fascination in complexity.
You are made for people who are just like you;
strange and terrifying but loveable nonetheless.
Powerful and Wild Words by Nada Toghoj
Accidentally color-coordinating with my surroundings always brings me an unreasonable amount of joy ✨
📸 by @riannaparkinson
Yves Saint Laurent certainly knew how to work those primary colors 💙💛🙌🏼
“But what is stronger
Than the human heart
Which shatters over and over
Trust Morocco to be stunning from every angle... Wish I could find this kind of beauty every time I looked down at my feet!💙 •••
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Another item checked off the bucketlist ✔️🐪 Tell me- what’s on the top of your list? #saharasquad17
the rain tried to imitate my hands
by running down your body
i ripped the sky apart for allowing it’
on jealousy. Words of a goddess. ✨
Just, you know, pretending to be Moroccan royalty 💁🏼♀️👑🇲🇦
Had to get a photo at the famous blue street in Chefchaouen 💙
I wanted to take a moment to step behind-the-scenes of this Instagram shot, as the reality of this moment was far from what might be depicted in this seemingly “picture-perfect” image. In fact, what was actually going on when the photo was taken is almost humorous. I was on my photography tour, and a small group of us were taking turns to take photos in this iconic spot. Suddenly, a massive tour group appeared out of nowhere, and instead of waiting their turn to take photos on the street like we each had been doing, they started jumping in front of us and into our photos in order to get their shots. We politely asked the tour guide if he could tell his group to wait their turn, and he responded by raising his voice at us and calling us a group of stupid privileged females. So this photo was taken in the very brief moment after we were verbally abused by a tour guide and just before three tourists swarmed around me to get their photos. To be honest, the whole situation was a great reminder that photos on Instagram NEVER tell the whole story, and life is never as picture-perfect as how we make it look in our images! 😎
Architecturally Moroccan 🙌🏻👌🏻💛
From the depths of darkness, from the crater of your hurt;
That every mess is a message
Every scribbled brain becomes clear
Even if you feel stripped naked
And thrown to the vultures at dusk
You can and you will cradle your hurt, carefully and uniquely.
Hurt people continue to incessantly hurt others.
But aren’t we all hurt?
Don’t we all hurt another?
Don’t we all harbour bitterness and unforgiveness;
But more dangerously, to ourselves.
Your hurt will maybe, no, will most definitely, hurt yourself.
Your wounded soul shackles your neck in a collar of iron.
Would we ever be so cruel to another..
Or only to ourselves?
The thing is, you will get past what you may never ever get over.
But you have to let yourself go, free yourself of the chains binding your mind;
Free the people who knew no better,
And free your physical body.
The scars will heal...
But what is tattooed on your spirit?
What lives on with you even after time has lapsed?
Let these things be a reminder of who you are;
But run away from imprisonment and control.
Do not let the triggers lie and rip at your thoughts.
For your thoughts will shape you.
The end of one thing doesn’t mean it’s the end of everything.
With finite disappointment we need to have infinite hope.
Don’t throw away tomorrow for tomorrow is not gone.
It will linger as the sun rises and fade away only as the sun sets.
Let it be a beautiful and subtle reminder,
That you’re okay
Hurt is like a wolf stalking you in the night
Ready to attack
But if you can fight it
And keep your dreams alive
Your future will be as powerful as the prime husky.
With one blue eye and one green eye, piercing and strong. #writtenbycelia
Wandering through the the eye-catching markets in Fez, Morocco. So many colours, patterns, smells, sights and stories! 🌸🌼
I’ll take one of everything thanks 🙋🏼I am not normally one to buy souvenirs when I travel, but I literally could have filled suitcases and emptied my bank accounts shopping at the Souks in Marrakech. •••
Tell me- what do you normally buy when you travel? 💸
The mystery is in your eyes ✨
Taking photos of locals in particular countries and situations is not an easy job. It requires kindness, respect and patience. You cannot go up to a person and stick your camera in their face without asking, or spending time with them first.
Lucky for me, I love nothing more than to chat to a local and find out their story. Sometimes language barriers is an issue and that makes it difficult, however there are many times that simply a warm smile can get them intrigued and to agree with having their photograph taken.
I will write a blog soon about my tips for people photography whilst travelling 👌🏻 let me know if you guys would find that interesting and helpful! I will also be taking tips and input from extremely skilled photographer @strangeronthemove
(follow him!!) who travels india shooting all kinds of amazing people! Tune in to this soon!!!
The prettiest stables I ever did see 🍃 •••
📸 by @isthisreal
The most beautiful of hearts is one that loves all people, all wildlife and all lands, without judgement and with a pure desire to learn from difference. For alone, or with our own kind, we can only ever stay the same. Which is a recipe for a life with minimal or the same kind of love.
Every time I visit a new country and a new place I fall in love. It may not be the type of love you can relate to, but it is one where I feel ever so connected to difference.
The people I meet are not like me. They offer different ways of thinking, laughing and being. And that is what I long for. I love their exotic eyes and voices. I love that we have had totally different lives and we can exchange what they are. It’s beautiful to feel gritty contrast, and I need that.
I do not just visit a land. I go there wanting to be thrown into its midst. I don’t want to hide in my room or a taxi. I don’t want to lower my eyes to what’s in front of me. I want to grasp it, learn from it and delve deep into it. This means understanding the ways of another culture, this means exploring the streets with confidence, this means keeping my eyes open for opportunity and closed to comfort.
A funny note, I love camels and camels love me. The local animals of other countries understand when you’re one with them. They feel you. And they also know you’re gentle and kind, unlike some of their owners. Love those dogs, camels, donkeys. Give them gratitude and warmth. Above all give them respect. They’re feelings are the same as ours.
I would never be the woman I am now staying perched on my front door step. I have flowing appreciation for every aspect of my life since I’ve started seeing this earth. I have learnt ions worth of love and I can’t wait to share and receive more 💛
Onwards to Kenya! Revisiting my heart after being absent for 7 years! 🐘🦁 #writtenbycelia
Four-poster desert bed for the win 🐫☀️ if you’re looking for the most incredible and authentic resort to reside in pre or post Sahara desert in Morocco, look no further! #xalucaarfoud
is the perfect mix between ‘desert feel’ and luxury! Check them out ☀️
that was her magic,
she could still see the sunset,
even on those darkest days.
I lost someone very dear to me the night before I began my blogging/photography trip in Morocco. This trip was something I looked forward to since March so as you can imagine, it wasn’t the best timing, as I suddenly wasn’t myself and felt as if I couldn’t have fun like I wanted. I wanted to grieve and cry and be alone or with people who knew me well, but none of those things could happen. Instead I had to try to be as myself as I possibly could, still laugh when something was funny, and still learn as much as I could. The hardest part was trying to trick my mind and acting through the pain. Every time my mind entered back into the place where I knew Geet was no longer with me, I felt lost, confused, devastated and alienated.
The biggest lesson I learnt is that regardless of yours struggles, secrets, failings, guilts, losses, you can still push through life. And pushing through is what strengthens you, it’s what makes you grow as a human. Something might not feel right, but life has its way of continuing anyway. And when you continue, you learn valuable lessons about yourself, life and others.
I am now able to find some alone time in Egypt for a day or so to think, meditate and appreciate Geet, for who she is and was. I feel so disconnected to her and India, I wish I could’ve been there to honour her and remember her. I am just grateful to have shared time and friendship with such an amazing woman and beautiful friend.
It’s amazing that through such pain, you can still connect, even though no one knows your pain. And I thank you so much to the people in Morocco I connected with and could confide in, as well as laugh with and have adventures with, and learn off. So much talent can never go unseen. Love to all ❤️✨
Please excuse the late post, I've been busy traveling around Italy and Switzerland, but I'm wishing I was back in Morocco! Thank you soooo much @polkadotpassport
for the most amazing trip! I am so sad it's over. It was wonderful getting to meet such talented and creative people from all over the world. I hope to see you all again one day, perhaps on the next photography trip! 😊 I will never forget the memories we all made together (or all the cous cous and tagine we shared... how could I ever forget?) #saharasquad17
He was the one who took me for a ride to see the sunset in the desert 🐪❤️
And thus my Morocco photography expedition comes to an end 😭... It’s been an amazing 12 days getting to know and learning from some of the most talented and creative people from across the world! 🎨✨
Shoutout to @polkadotpassport
for organizing such an amazing trip and sharing your passion of travel and photography with us, I look forward to our #saharasquad17
reunion in the near future! 🙌🎉
Morocco ✔️ off my bucket list thanks to @isthisreal
both of you have been such an inspiration for me and other young travelers, it was an honor to be part of your first photography expedition together 🇲🇦 Keep up with the incredible work and I hope to see you and all the #saharasquad17
again one day! (Maybe December 8th 2018 😂) #tajine #couscous
The windows of poised possibility shimmered so delicately, reflecting off every twist and turn. So uncertain. But so possible. #thoughts #writtenbycelia
And today the #saharasquad17
I have to say that I simply LOVED getting to know Morocco and this trip exceeded all my expectations!! It was amazing to learn more about Moroccan culture through photographic lenses. It's the most exotic and colorful country I've ever been to.
I'm sure we all had amazing experiences and great learning during these 12 days!! The itinerary was PERFECT and the organization too! Thanks for everything @isthisreal
!! You did a great job together! We had wonderful times with you and even made some new friends! ❤️
I'm definitely going to join you guys on the next adventure! 🙌🏻
Finally made it to the Sahara desert! Well, at least to a beautiful hotel on the edge of the desert 😜🌵Since arriving, this tube of @elizabethardenau
Eight Hour Cream has actually been my savior. I’ve been using it for everything from a lipbalm to a moisturiser- it’s been so ideal for keeping my skin hydrated in the dry Moroccan climate. Not a bad little travel companion if you ask me 💁🏼 #MyEightHour #EAPartner
Back home after the most amazing trip! Thanks to @polkadotpassport
for hosting such an amazing experience. I am missing our #saharasquad17
already. Couldn’t have asked for a better group of talented new friends!
This was my first international expedition and the place a picked was Morocco. It was also my first time working with @polkadotpassport.
We decided to make a 12 days trip going through more than 10 cities and gathered a group of 17 from all around the world. People with all kinds of backgrounds and perspectives but all here willing to learn. It was so great to see how the trip went so well, everybody was so into photography and how they all got along together. That being said, me and Nicola are excited to announce that next year there is gonna be another one. So stay tuned and wait for news.
I wanted to thank all of you that came in this trip and believed in me and in my word. I hope you guys had a great time and that you can come along on the next one. It was awesome getting to know you all and spending this past few days together. #morocco #sahara
I am incredibly grateful to have met eighteen beautiful, hard-working, and passionate humans. Coming on this photography trip to Morocco was way out of my comfort zone, but it became inspiring and thrilling to travel and create with this squad. I have learned so much from each of you. Don't let that spark of creativity and drive fade. You all are going to do amazing things and change the world in your own way. Much love and till our next sunrise #saharasquad17
❤️ 📸 #2
(hosts of the trip!)
Also, check out these people tagged because they are going places with their art!
Special moments like this make a trip memorable 🌼