D A Y 9 9 6 - A few days ago we met a man in the markets from a berber village in the mountains. Today we returned to his shop to have tea with his family, followed by a taxi to the mountain village Asni where we met more family members then guided on a hike up the valley to Imsker where this photo was taken. Here we are walking up a path past someone's front door, it's a vastly different lifestyle to our own. They grow walnuts, apples and plums in the valley floor, there's wild rosemary and thyme that old women gather on the steep slopes to take to market.
There is no rubbish collection, instead household garbage is dumped off the side of the mountain slopes in front of the houses or placed beside the river so that when it floods the rubbish is washed away. It was sad to see much of the mountain vegetation heavily abused for firewood, constuction and animal feed leading to huge patches of erosion.
Tomorrow we head back to our apartment in the Canaries where it's 3 mad weeks of puppet building for me.
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