i am back!
do you want to hear the good news first or the bad news?
let's start with the bad news: my camera stopped working less than a week into the trip.
what is the good news, you say?
the good news is that it all worked out perfectly!
i panicked for half a day and tried everything i could think of and asked the guy at the hostel if he was a camera person and he was so he tried everything he knew. nothing worked.
then, i found the bright side. (i am good at finding the bright side but i must say that this one took a while.) i decided that it would be a chance to just immerse myself in adventure and inspiration. and, i had my iphone. and, it was really nice to not have a heavy camera in my purse. (so this is how you people without cameras feel all the time, she says with a wink.)
it really did work out perfectly! the camera stopped working on our last evening in cordoba so i had already taken pictures of the mezquita. after that, we were in madrid, and in museums much of the time, so i wouldn't have taken many pictures. after that, we were in marrakesh, and i discovered that i might not have taken many pictures there either.
if this scenario had occurred to me before i left, i would have thought it a disaster, but it turns out it wasn't a disaster at all. now there's a little bit of unexpected magic.
and i do feel inspired. when i used to close my eyes - except during meditation or reiki - i saw black. now, i see colors and patterns and images and light. i am full up with inspiration and beauty.
i woke up at 6.30am yesterday and got home at midnight. in between, i spent 18 hours on planes and 8 hours in airports. needless to say, it might take me a while to go through my photos. for now, here is a glimpse of two places full of beauty and inspiration: the alhambra in granada and the mezquita in cordoba. i fell in love with them both.