March 30, 2009

people I met on my trip

March 29, 2009

from Nouakchott to Portimão in 9 days

The bus I got a lift from in Mauritania with Patrick and Sophie and their children Lena and Max and a young friend of theirs Hugo.
They come twice a year to Nouakchott as they've created a NGO that helps a village in Senegal.

We crossed all of Western Sahara fast, the distances from town to town are enormeous the whole area is heavily patrolled by the Moroccan army and you see more Moroccans than Saharawis.

The first town in Morocco we really stop in Morocco is Safi.

First night we don´t sleep in the bus but stay at Mokhtar home, a friend from the family.

In the morning we visit the potters neighbourhood.

And the old "medina".

Selling fried fish sandwishes.

Lena loves horses so anywhere Patrick sees any horses he stops even if only for 5 minutes.

Second real stop was in Fez and there you really wish you can stay for long and on your own so much to see and draw.

The famous smelly tanks where the animals skins becomes workable leather.

We sleep outside Fez at El Ouafi house where he lives with his mum and two sisters.

We were spoiled there with good food and a beautiful wood close by.

El Ouafi works as a guide but he took a day off to show as Meknes the Imperial city.

And we parted in Fez as they were going to the mountains and I had to get to Portugal.

Waiting to board the boat to Algeciras.

Lunch at Sevilla before getting the bus.

And the last bit one hour by train from Faro to Portimão.
To find out more about the Saharawis and Western Sahara situaton visit my blog

March 10, 2009


This afternoon I'll be trying to enter the Olympique Stadium at Nouakchott where there will be Abdelazize, the President of Mauritania since the "coup d'état" of last August, SidiAbdallai the ancient president and the forces of opposition plus the honour guest the Head of the African Union, Kadafi, if I get in I'll sketch and post it at Urbansketchers.
Otherwise I'm leaving tomorrow by bus to Portugal, around 3.000 km crossing Western Sahara, Marocco and a bit of Spain and expect to take 10 days. The bus a bright yellow one belongs to a french family that drive down a couple of times a year to do some humanitary work in a village in Senegal.
Hopefully I'll sketch as I go so for a while there won't be any posting.
I post this images from my last visit to Portugal. I hope to be back in a couple of weeks with new drawings from my trip, thank you all for visiting and commenting.

March 06, 2009

metal nib and inks