wonderful book providing loads of fascinating information and insight not only into the Glaoui family who lorded over the area but the culture and happenings that effected the southern areas of Morocco and its peoples during the period that the Glaoui were in rule because they were in league with the French in power until exiled when Hassan was let back and made King of Morocco in the 50s.
You will see stork nests on most high places - adding a bit of interest to your visit! Id not seen them in the wild until I first visited Morocco - and have seen them over many parts of Morocco and southern Spain.
You will see huge nests around Marrakech - particularly in the medina and at Palace el-Badi, and at Kasbah Taourirt in Ouarzazate, and many mosques and old kasbahs around Southern Morocco. In the area there is also a well photographed/seen on postcards mosque called mosque of the Storks!
Here at Telouet you can see them perched up on the remains of the old palace and flying overhead and out walking around the fields. Huge birds that return year after year to have their chicks and fly off again for the winter months.
What you will see a lot in Morocco are the ways in which the people and communities, especially out in the country away from all the mod cons and money in the cities, are still living traditionally and selfsufficiently.
For a lot of people who still may be having to survive on incomes of only 50 dirham a day - this may mean living in a simple mud brick home in a country village and affording a donkey or upgrading to a mule or pony to get about with - to take produce miles to market or to go buy supplies needed. Travelling about you might see bicycles being used but I would say theyve never taken off in a big way out in many country areas because of the road conditions - rough gravel roads - or the size and number of hills around the area! Besides the donkey and mule pwerhouses have so many more advantages of enduring heavy weights to carry and more passengers and assist out in the fields!
As much as living conditions are obviously harder and require more work with less convenience a visit to these areas gives interesting views of the local people - generally Berber communities - going about their daily lives - with often beautiful photographic opportunities.
Many families in Morocco take care of their laundry with their women folk taking it to the local water supply - ie maybe a nearby river or creek or communal well - or in their homes or up on the roofs of their home if they have their own water supplied to the house and hand washing their items. (as in the family I know from Rissani - there is no way theyd be seen out in public doing their washing in the river - but! the women refuse to have a washing machine!)
In such areas you will know when its washing day - all the brightly coloured washing will be visibly being laid out to dry - noticed not a lot of clothes lines around! Clothes will be hung out on rocks, bushes and trees - which in turn creates off very interesting and colourful photographs.
If men are living away without womenfolk then they will take it to women in the town or area and pay them to have their laundry washed. In built up towns there is generally a laundry service much like we have in the west but still handwashed - no washing machines! There are of course washing machines available but in many areas they are just not economically possible - or viable - with the amount of water they may use or the amount of power that may be required.
In Telouet the water supply governed by the town council has certain hours during the day when it is pumped to the town - families or family congomerates or small communities within the area may have obtained a connection to supply the water to an outside tap or have installed a pump to deliver water from their own reservoir from the town supply into their homes.
For those still reliant on the towns supply but not yet into their homes this means filling water bottles daily to store in the home and hoping that there is not a problem with supply which does happen from time to time.