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EphTwoEightEphTwoEight Major grinsRegistered Users Posts: 552 Major grins
edited November 25, 2013 in Journeys
Spent a couple of fantastic weeks on a dental working trip to the Atlas Mountains.

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We lost the game of chicken on these narrow roads. Everytime!

But the people are very nice.

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Heading into the first town we stayed.

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I began to get the feeling people there did not like their picture been taken; (I know better now)

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We set up the portable dental chair in this handicap association and had the handicap villagers come down from their villages in the hills for free dental work.

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It was such a blessing to work with these people. More rewarding than anything I've ever done.
One of the workers there, had spoke with the locals about doing family portraits, so I had the opportunity to shoot dozens of families that would otherwise turn away from the camera. Prints are on their way, and will be sent back to them soon. Out of respect and my word, I told them they would not be shared. (there was a few in another village that didn't care but we'll see)

After 3 days and pulling probably 300+ teeth, we headed up the Atlas mountains and over them to Ouarazate.

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Our little Renault diesel minivan was awesome!

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Several berber villages throughout this valley, hidden in the natural colors of the earth.

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Suppose thats good for now.

Comments

  • babowcbabowc Casual amateur photog Registered Users Posts: 510 Major grins
    edited November 18, 2013
    Are you a dentist?

    I'm currently applying for dental schools, but the general consensus is that despite the good intentions, these "dental mission trips" are the worst there is... unlicensed volunteers performing extractions and such.
    Sorry about the off-topic /rant.

    The valley shot looks great!
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  • EphTwoEightEphTwoEight Major grins Registered Users Posts: 552 Major grins
    edited November 18, 2013
    No, my friend is. He worked tirelessly 10-12 hours a day with maybe a 30 minute break. We got so many hugs, and heart felt thank yous from these people cause we come to learn that the local dentists don't use the topical, and if they do use any pain killer, they don't let it set in before pulling. He was very careful and painless, and they loved him. Unfortunately they just don't brush. They all had gum disease, and tooth decay. He was able to do several complicated procedures that took 1-2 hours and it was really neat. He also has in the past worked with a local dentist in one of the villages but he was not there this time to help.
  • babowcbabowc Casual amateur photog Registered Users Posts: 510 Major grins
    edited November 18, 2013
    That's awesome! I'd love to go on a mission trip with a licensed dentist someday.. Looks like you guys did a great deed for those people!

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  • EphTwoEightEphTwoEight Major grins Registered Users Posts: 552 Major grins
    edited November 18, 2013
    Yes thanks!
  • kobistarkobistar Major grins Registered Users Posts: 109 Major grins
    edited November 19, 2013
    Thats great! I could feel the scenery from your shots.
    Good work!
  • Awais YaqubAwais Yaqub One Inspired soul Registered Users Posts: 10,566 Major grins
    edited November 22, 2013
    loved to see photos from remote village! looks very peaceful
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  • EphTwoEightEphTwoEight Major grins Registered Users Posts: 552 Major grins
    edited November 23, 2013
    Thanks Awais. In my ignorant American bubble, I had my presuppositions and ill feelings toward the people with head coverings. The Arab-Islamic (sunni, I believe) people have without a doubt proven to me to be the nicest, warmest, big hearted people I've ever come across in all my travels. I would love to sell everything here and move to Morocco and live there. And yes, it was very peaceful. Thanks!

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  • ian408ian408 More wag. Less Bark. Administrators Posts: 21,430 moderator
    edited November 23, 2013
    Interesting places that you visited. Always nice to see things like that.
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  • EphTwoEightEphTwoEight Major grins Registered Users Posts: 552 Major grins
    edited November 23, 2013
    ian408 wrote: »
    Interesting places that you visited. Always nice to see things like that.

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  • coldclimbcoldclimb Outside the Lines Registered Users Posts: 1,169 Major grins
    edited November 25, 2013
    Thanks Awais. In my ignorant American bubble, I had my presuppositions and ill feelings toward the people with head coverings. The Arab-Islamic (sunni, I believe) people have without a doubt proven to me to be the nicest, warmest, big hearted people I've ever come across in all my travels. I would love to sell everything here and move to Morocco and live there. And yes, it was very peaceful. Thanks!

    It's funny how with our own huge and fairly recent history of civil rights and racial equality, Americans still hold on to societal perceptions or expectations of other places and people we really know nothing about. Travel in China, living in Muslim communities, and other countries being "dangerous", are a few I've experienced where the expectations of people I know and even sometimes myself were totally wrong. I think everyone ought to travel in their youth as a part of their education, to realize that everywhere around the world, with all our differences and peculiarities, we all really are pretty much the same. I value these experiences far more than my formal schooling.
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  • EphTwoEightEphTwoEight Major grins Registered Users Posts: 552 Major grins
    edited November 25, 2013
    coldclimb wrote: »
    It's funny how with our own huge and fairly recent history of civil rights and racial equality, Americans still hold on to societal perceptions or expectations of other places and people we really know nothing about. Travel in China, living in Muslim communities, and other countries being "dangerous", are a few I've experienced where the expectations of people I know and even sometimes myself were totally wrong. I think everyone ought to travel in their youth as a part of their education, to realize that everywhere around the world, with all our differences and peculiarities, we all really are pretty much the same. I value these experiences far more than my formal schooling.

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