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Entering the Medina of Rabat

The administrative center of power of the Moroccan Kingdom isn’t exactly what standard tourists are looking for. Sorry tourists, it’s your own fault if you don’t read on.

Photos by photos by Judith Recher / Lupi Spuma
Text by Andreas Jaritz

Funky Old Medina.

The Medina of Rabat. A place out of time.
Most of the crew entered a Medina for the first time.
Sliding from the city into the vibrant heart of Rabat.
Life – Pulse – Movement – Faces – Stories and Kefta.
Or tagine with vegetables.
It depends on what you are looking for. Food and thousands of other things. Shoes for example. Or super sweet dates. Chicken. Sometimes monkeys and snakes. Coachroaches? Yes! A breeze of spices here. Turn into the next alley – enter the next new micro-cosmos.
Watch that laughing kid kicking the ball. Hundreds of times. People everywhere. Walks and stories of discovery. The Medina – the place where the sense for discovery was born. Welcome to Morocco!

 

The administrative center of power of the Moroccan Kingdom isn’t exactly heaving with tourists. Most travelers inspired by Arabian Nights are attracted to Marrakech or Fes, looking to experience the oriental way of life regardless of whether it’s authentic or for show. However, Rabat is a great place to visit away from the tourist hotspots. Medina, the capital’s historic center, is simply stunning. And the portrait of the king is almost as ubiquitous as the prepaid mobile phone cards: modernization is the king’s order of the day.

This story about the Medina of Rabat was created in partnership with Freitag. Check this and more original BEYOND surf movie stories on their website.

At the heart of the matter: the Beyond film crew on set with Oumaima and her family in the courtyard of her house in the medina of Rabat

In the Medina of Rabat, crowds gather as the outdoor vegetable market lines the streets in the morning.

Director Mario hung out at this shop for two days to finally get an interview with the bookworm in the Medina's center.

It is the perfect setting for our film crew to discover unexpected stories. Meet, for example, Oumaima, who lives in Rabat's Medina with her family and seems to know every corner of this maze – for which we were grateful. We followed her with our audio and video equipment on our shoulders as she ran errands in her hometown.

Mike Batt’s The Fires of Rabat is possibly the ultimate soundtrack to these images. Thank you Medina of Rabat. It was a pleasure to meet you.

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