The idea behind this article came out of a facebook page I joined about two weeks ago…
I had been thinking a lot about what my next article would be about and I knew that the main subject I had to cover had to be around the notions of adventure, identity, Morocco and community. Simply because I’ve noticed that some people seem to have a stronger sense of them than others…
Now back to the Facebook page I joined; it’s called Anass Yakine: Le tour du Maroc à pied and I’m sure a lot of you just went: "Ahhhhhh, I know who that is!"
But for those of you who still have no idea where I’m going with this. Allow me to introduce you to Anass, a 23 year old young man who’s going to walk 5000 Kilometers through Morocco in small steps that will became one giant walk towards achieving enormous goals.
He will walk from Laguouira to Tangiers, linking Morocco’s North, West, East and South and gathering Rif, Atlas and Sahara together while seeing the country and meeting different people along the way.
Anass developed his sense of adventure at a really young age. When he was just 12 years old, he lead his first trip to Marrakech as a reporter and in 2009, he walked 23 days, 900 kilometers between Casablanca and Ouarzazate with his friend Amine Morchid and in march 2010, during the 40th celebration of Earth day, he walked 100 kilometers from Casablanca to Rabat !
I was especially drawn to Anass’s initiative because he chose to walk rather than drive around Morocco it or take trains or buses from place to place.
He chose to see the whole thing, the places in-between places, and to connect with something more ancient in every road.Something that has to take us all, back to 1975, when 350.000 moroccans walked from all over Morocco to prove their love to every single milimeter of their country…
And Anass is determined to prove that once again in a journey that can be defined as Humanitarian -He is going to donate part of his sponsorship money to the kids of S.O.S VILLAGE- and Ecological -Umm, have I mentionned he’s going to WALK through the kingdom ?-
Here’s the itinerary Anass is going to follow:
- Ouzoud’s waterfalls
- El Houceima
The adventure is going to start this September and is going to last 8 months! That’s 10 hours and 30 kilometers of walking a day…
The other significant element in this initiative was the fact that Anass is only going to have his mind for company!
And yes, yes, you’re right! OF COURSE Morocco is a very densely populated country but still the effect of spending 90% of your time alone, was VERY strong.
In fact, the effect of it on my consciousness was that time will stretch out and that the days will blend which will turn the journey to become somewhat dreamlike…
Now, allow me to talk about what I’m most excited about when it comes to this adventure: The DOCUMENTARY!
Yes, you heard it right! The resulting project is a visual record of Morocco in 2011/2012, a rational examination of the Moroccan identity and a personal record of Anass’s journey we’ll -hopefully- check on the big screen in the near future…
Anass, I have only got two words for you my friend: Trik slama!
We‘re proud of you !