Hello, it's me. Maryam in Marrakesh. I'm coming out of the shadows for this blog entry because I need your help. This blog is a finalist in the 2007 Annual Weblog Awards, the Bloggies, in the category Best African or Middle Eastern Weblog. For any of you who might have nominated My Marrakesh, I want to say shoukran bazef, or thank you. I have to confess that I didn't really know what the Bloggies were until just recently. But then again, I didn't even know what a blog was until nine months ago. (I'm a slow learner, you see.)
You know, I have pretty much never won anything in my life. Okay, that's not true. I used to win Monopoly regularly during my family's Friday night games when I was growing up but I have a sneaking suspicion that my father was doling me out unfair amounts of cash. I was at a charity event last year and dutifully bought tickets for the raffle, just like the person sitting next to me. The ticket seller assured us that everyone won something. My neighbor won a Bose stereo. I won a little button with the charity's logo on it (and left it by accident on the table).
But let me get back to the point.
I started this blog because I wanted to share a little bit of the *specialness* of my adopted city of Marrakesh. I hope I have succeeded in at least some small way, through words and through images. If I have -- if you have felt some of the *magic* that I was trying to convey, if you have ever thought when reading, Some day, I'd like to go to Marrakesh -- then I hope you will consider voting for My Marrakesh right here. Maybe what you find on this blog are only beautiful pictures. But, as someone once told me: In such ugly times, perhaps the only true protest is beauty.