Samia Shalabi is a Seattle based artist & designer, yogi and traveler who has roots in the Middle-East, was raised in the middle-west and is drawn to India. She has a degree in geology, has traveled all over the world with a backpack, and believes in following her dreams. Samia does yoga most mornings, enjoys walks around Seattle, loves to laugh, and daydreams about where to travel next. She is working on a movie shoot in France.
Morocco.. Ramadan 2012. After years of dreaming of the magic of Morocco, I finally arrived.. during Ramadan, of course. A special time to be in a special place, the festive air at night, the subtle quiet kind energy during the day. Ramadan, a time to be at one with those who have less.. there is no eating or drinking between sunrise and sunset, a time to be more healthy, as fasting can be so good for your health, a time to be at one with God and sacrifice our comforts. The practice is no small feat, as I tried it most of the time I was there.. Except, I couldn’t do the no drinking thing in that crazy Moroccan heat.
About an hour before breaking the fast, the buzz was wild, everyone running around to go shopping for the food or running home to be with their families, delirious from not drinking all day.. There are traditional foods to break the fast, soup, dates, sweets, bread, juice and tea. So lovely really.
My journey to Moroccan was amazing, from visiting the coast to the mountains and of course a lot of lovely time in Marrakesh. I hope to visit again one day soon!