This is a very sad video, if you are going to watch it, bring out the tissues. I was sobbing. My car radio is tuned to a Christian music station and this song by Casting Crowns gets a lot of play time. It makes me cry all the time.... Psalm 121, one of my favorites.... I lift my eyes to the hills- where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth..' President Obama, please bring them home already.
Monday, May 31, 2010
Sunday, May 30, 2010
Ouarzazate is a three hours' drive away from Marrakech and is a very busy place because it is the staging place for the Sahara desert. There are lots of tours leaving Marrakech every day for overnight stays in the desert and most of them go through Ouarzazate. We would meet a lot of them at the place where we later had lunch and also on the way back to Marrakech. We see caravans of 4x4 SUV's clogging the road. My driver spoke more Spanish because of visitors from Spain than English. So we communicated in Spanish. Sophie's Spanish was better than mine, mine is limited to telling people in Spanish how to take their medicines. I can't make any conversation in Spanish. He calls those vehicles 'quatro quatro'.
Saturday, May 29, 2010
Here we are on our way to Ouarzazate (pronounced as wa). We have to climb the Atlas range to the top and then descend to the other side. Ouarzazate is the gateway to the desert, the Sahara desert. The terrain and vegetation changes dramaatically. At the lower levels we still see the lush green fields. As we ascend we see the cloud cover below over the Marrakech valley. Berber villages are scattered everywhere in these lower elevations. It is so spectacular. We stopped to take pictures and I took a leak behind some bushes.