Travel Theme — Slow

In response to Ailsa and her Travel Theme Challenge.



Kenya Photo Credit — Danny James

Not too near and not too far
Out of the stress of the crowd
Music screams as elephants scream
When they lift their trunks and scream aloud
For joy of the night when masters are
Asleep and adream.

 Lawrence, D. H.

Egypt Photo Credit — Danny James


 A camel makes an elephant feel like a jet plane.
― Jackie Kennedy

Travel Theme — Flagrant

This weeks Travel Theme is “Fragrant”. Thanks to Ailsa and her Where’s my Backpack blog for this challenge.

Do you see the problem in the sentence above? See how one little letter makes a huge difference? Mea culpa!

I’m sure lots of post will be filled with pretty flowers and such but mine is a bit (understatement) different because of my misunderstanding. Instead of a flowery post mine gets down to the bad stuff. In this case the bad stuff is the smell coming from a tannery in the Medina in Fez Morocco.

So…I view this as a rebuttal to Ailsa’s post of Fragrant. My post for the Travel Theme of — Flagrant. Totally confused now?

Here goes:

Travel Theme — Fragrant.

The oldest tannery in the world is located in Fez, Morocco, where we visited last year. You can smell the tannery from blocks away. The smell sucks your breath away and makes you want to throw up. A grimace comes over your face, the attempt to breathe shallow, the stepping away from the source, and often the gagging and “almost” vomiting. If a person can escape that smell, they will, if they can’t they just muddle through.

The tannery processes hides of sheep and goats, turning them into high quality products such as coats, bags, and shoes. This is all done manually.

The workers stand in the stone vessels arranged like honeycombs, filled with different dyes, dying the arms and legs of the men. The hides are first soaked in diluted acidic pigeon excrement and then transferred to other vessels containing vegetable dyes such as henna, saffron and mint. When the dying process has been completed the hides are dried on the roofs of the Medina. After a few minutes we were ready to leave.


Tannery in Fez
Tannery in Fez

Tannery in Fez
Tannery in Fez

Thanks kind Ailsa!

NaBloPoMo #23

Travel Theme: Short


“Short People got nobody
Short People got nobody
Short People got nobody
To love

They got little baby legs
That stand so low
You got to pick ’em up
Just to say hello
They got little cars
That got beep, beep, beep
They got little voices
Goin’ peep, peep, peep
They got grubby little fingers
And dirty little minds
They’re gonna get you every time
Well, I don’t want no Short People
Don’t want no Short People
Don’t want no Short People
‘Round here”…Randy Newman

Ailsa’s at it again with her Travel Theme. This time the theme is short.

NaBloPoMo #19

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