What a treat it was to travel in a convoy by 4×4 along with 200 European journalists, bloggers, travel agencies, guides and Moroccan security officials across the dry lifeless planet Mars. It was like watching a live action 3D movie from one of the iconic scenes in Lawrence of Arabia or Black Hawk Down, I mean what a treat, but we did not drive to the dunes just bumps.
Who would have thought growing tomatoes in such dry conditions on a fertile land (sand) were even possible? Evidently, it was possible and they tasted sweet and juicy.
An afternoon spent in the middle of somewhere, with our metal chariots parked from the distance, we walked across the moist sand by the sea (presumably it was low tide) which seemed like endless but very therapeutic, quite a biblical sight in fact watching the peeps walk towards a huge mound.
Some decided to use alternative mode of transport camels for quicker pace.
We approached an Oyster farm beyond the mound, what was down below lies a crater-like salty lake with surface covered in seaweed, a tiny boat with farmers busy harvesting oysters, it was a rarest awesome thing to see on Earth. We had the opportunity to sample freshly caught oysters in the nearby oyster restaurant, media peeps gathered around like hungry packs of wolves, sipping and swallowing freshly caught treasures one by one, I too, I must have ate 15 of them, with the mountain of shells and over-squashed sliced lemons discarded on the tables waiting to be cleared. We left the site with our tums full of goodness, thumbs up. We were satisfied. I could have kept some of the discarded shells as a personal souvenir.
Kit Lee was a guest of The Morocco Tourist Board.