Ok, I know it’s been over a month since I’ve been back, but it’s taken time to sort through all my pictures. Like over 3000 pics. (And the whole family, work, etc… thing)
First, I need to thank Trevolta for creating the platform to help travelers connect with people around the world to fulfill their travel dreams. Secondly, I want to thank our backers (I hope you got your postcards and if there was a funny, extra message on your postcard, it was from my friend who graciously mailed them for me). And last, but definitely not the least, I have to thank CMUK Shoes. You guys rock. I’ve seen how, as a crowdfunding start-up, you have given back to the community. And I loved the shoes and shirt. I have about 1000 pics of me in them. Your shoes have been on a camel ride, have caught Sahara Desert sand in them, walked the promenade in the Canary Islands and trekked through the hectic streets of Marrakesh. I hope that over the next two weeks, when I give a daily recount of our journey, your shoes, shirt and brand will be honored and inspire others to pick your awesome shoes over others.
This trip inspired me to start my own 100 Strangers Project. Which I did; however, I found my photographic voice. I am a mix of the 100 Strangers Project, Humans of New York and me. I feel immensely blessed to have been inspired by both of these people, but I have an even greater sense of renewal knowing that I rediscovered that 19 year old girl, wide-eyed and in love with film and travel photography. I will post the start of my 100 Strangers Project, but I hope that everyone can look at the pictures overall and see my presence in them.
It should be noted, that I stuck true to my One Year, One Lens challenge. I did it! Every picture taken, besides with my iphone, is solely with my 50mm lens. That is why I don’t have a large amount of sweeping landscape or architecture shots. It was difficult at times, especially when we asked some people to take Ashley and I’s pic together and then trying to explain that they are the zoom. Trust me, it became a joke on day two of the camel trek.
I will be making 13 days of blog posts depicting our 13 days of travel. Also, I will be uploading, not only our regular travel pics, but the separate albums for: Street Art, 100 Strangers and Ashley’s Photobombs (Yeah, that became a thing).
It was a learning experience. I have enjoyed sharing and recanting all of our stories with my family. In these moments (happening right now), when we categorize people by their color or religion, I hope to show my kids that everyone is different. That please, DO NOT EVER judge someone because of their beliefs or the way they dress. I was in a country in Africa and I neither contracted ebola nor MERS. I was in a country that was mainly Islamic and I never felt uncomfortable or in danger. In fact, I felt more UNSAFE in Spain than I ever did in Morocco. In a heartbeat, I would take a family vacation to Morocco. It, was by far, my most difficult, yet favorite part. This trip was a trip of a lifetime. It was an exciting, exhausting, frustrating, amazing, beautiful and one in a lifetime journey and I hope that over the next 13 days, you fall in love with it the way that I have.
Here is a small preview of what I will be sharing over the next two weeks!