Tuesday, 23 February 2010
A winter tale
Each season has its own beauty and hardship and maybe this applies the most for the winter season in the Atlas Mountains. On a cloudless day in the winter the mountains seem to appear just a short breath away from Marrakech, almost like a wall decoration behind a sofa. As we drove home today along the old city wall in Marrakech, leaving behind us the heart of the city, the snow covered mountains appeared in front of us seemingly approachable with a forward stretch of the arm. In reality the distance from Marrakech to the Atlas Mountains is at least 35 km. This spectacular view is a typical beauty of the winter season when the sky is often clear.
However, despite my incredible appreciation for winter’s beauty I really, really need to tell you about the freezing cold! Our house is build with massive pieces of rocks gathered near the river which offers a comfortable coolness during the summer heat but leaves us chilled to the bone in the winter. A gas heater, cuddling up under blankets on the sofa and double layers of clothing makes it reasonably bearable but it hasn’t prevented the three of us coughing and sneezing away.
But, redemption is on its way! An ingenious heating system is at this very moment on transport by truck from Holland. It is now only a matter of time before we can comfortably wander from room to room in the luxury of warmth.