Shades of Merzouga
Merzouga is one of Morocco’s top desert destinations. The sweeping dune sea, which has been featured in films such as The Prince of Persia and The Mummy, is where everyone comes to live out their desert dreams. Of course, we showed up in the middle of a series of raging sandstorms with blistering 105+ temperatures, so our desert dream felt a bit more like a very sandy, very hot hallucination.
Yes, we spent a great deal of our time in our hotel room watching the dunes push their way through the gap under our door. When the winds dropped a bit, we moved to the hotel restaurant and sipped mint tea with clouds of sand swirling around us as the hotel owner sat staring out an open door wondering aloud why his hotel was so empty. (Gee, I wonder why!) On two occasions, the wind stopped and we ran out the door into the dunes to experience the Moroccan Sahara.
If you are asking yourself why there are no pictures of me in this post, it’s because I didn’t really have time to hand Thomas the camera before the winds picked up again. However, the weather did come with one unexpected advantage. The sand-filled skies created a bizarre diffused light which gave the dunes the surreal appearance of yellow-peach whipped cream. In some ways, it was much more beautiful than the first time I visited when I had no wind and blue skies. I guess that’s why it is worth visiting the same place twice, right?