Morocco on the Road
Tangier - Tétouan - Chefchaouen - Akchour
Traveling by land through the interior of countries is something I enjoy greatly and consider vastly underrated. Whether by car, bus, or train, seeing how a country's people live outside of the major metropolitan areas can evoke many emotions. Riding through the Cambodian countryside from Vietnam to Phnom Penh by bus showed me the stark contrasts of neighboring countries. Soon after crossing the border into Cambodia, roads became unmaintained and the unfavorable economic situation became easily apparent. Traveling through the Bavarian countryside on the way to visit a castle by train gave me a sense of peace, as I rode past endless green fields and centuries-old villages. On my third day in Morocco, I had the opportunity to expand my understandings of the untouristy side of a country once again.
The trip from Tangier to Chefchaouen lasts nearly three hours and includes a short stop over in Tétouan. Unlike the trips mentioned previously, this journey didn't evoke any specific emotions. Nonetheless, I saw a number of things that stood out to me. There were the people escaping the sun under the sporadically set trees lining the long main street leading out of Tangier. The woman high upon a hill in the middle of nowhere alone and selling food. The man relaxing atop his house that threw up two peace signs as he saw my bus passing by and possibly me taking the picture. The Spanish school with a beautiful facade, well off from the Spanish enclave of Ceuta. In reality, I'd be lucky to remember half of these passing moments had I not had my camera with me. This is why I shoot.