rural morocco & the ourika valley

For the last few days of our time in Morocco we headed out to the Ourika Valley, a mountainous region famous for its red rock clay hills and salt fields. This was a super laid back time for us. The wifi at Kasbah Bab Ourika, where we stayed, was really weak and the hotel had a lending library, chess board, pool, hiking, amazing local food, and that’s pretty much it. It’s the kind of place you go to chill out and unplug, and even though at first I was struggling to adjust to no wifi in the rooms (only in the common area) I was grateful in the end because I finally got Porter to read Gone Girl, finished a book I’d read about four pages of every two weeks or so (traveling isn’t as conducive to devouring books as I initially thought it would be for me) and really improved my ping pong game (I’d say I’m a strong intermediate player now).

 

It was a whole lot cooler temperature-wise in the Ourika Valley than it had been in Marrakech and each room had individual fireplaces the staff would come and light that made this pink-glazed retreat all the more beautiful. But seriously – these pictures are some of my favorite hotel shots we’ve ever taken and must have taken all of ten minutes to get because every corner of Kasbah Bab Ourika was done in shades of pastel, and the light falling through each and every archway and atrium was a photographic dream. I’m thinking of getting some of these printed and framed to put in our room someday, whatever shade of pink that is is my new favorite.

 

Now for a topic switch. Lately, I’ve been wondering if I should be stricter about my phone consumption time, which is obviously difficult given that our jobs require a lot of technology. It seems like every day a different friend is telling me how they’re tracking the amount of time they log on different apps or deleting a lot of social media all-together, and it makes me wonder how much is too much for me personally. I think I’m an Instagram-heavy consumer (obviously) but generally spend less than a half an hour on other sites, and nerdy as it sounds am usually on Wikipedia more than the kind of mindless consumption sites like Buzzfeed (which, if I’m being honest, I really think are the kind of websites where culture goes to die). Driving to New York with Porter, I was reading pages on pages about Brooklyn’s Hasidic Jew population (still don’t know why I find this so fascinating to read about!) and then somehow leaped onto four or five articles about a huge freeze-over that happened in Ireland in the 1730s…I know, not at all applicable to my era / life but I really do get lost down the tunnel of Wikipedia more often than Facebook or Twitter. I love reading blogs too but kind of consider that a personal interest like a magazine would be, rather than just brain-off scrolling and clicking. I’m curious what kind of category our followers here fall into. Do you find yourself losing hours of sleep because of Instagram or fact sites, or do you think spending a lot of time on your phone doesn’t really matter if your consuming topics that you’re genuinely engaged by? Shoot us a DM over on recesscity & let us know…

 

Hope you enjoy the pics!

 

xx

 

Anna Lisa & Porter

 

*Thank you to Kasbah Bab Ourika for sponsoring this post. As always, all thoughts and opinions remain our own.

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