We pushed ourselves completely out of our comfort zones; we rode the dunes in 4X4s (somehow managing to keep hold of our cameras and hats), ate local food that the berbers had walked for miles to source, had henna inked onto our skin and we washed using only eco showers.
Although we had experienced a digital detox like never before, we managed to locate a “wifi strong spot” where we would meet every day for 10 minutes to 1) Check our emails to make sure Stories was still intact, and 2) let our loved ones know that we were alive and kicking in the middle of the African desert (to which they were, of course, thankful). Wifi ridge was without a doubt one of the most picturesque places that we have convened for this kind of activity. We lay on our stomachs and stayed connected for no more than 10-15 minutes. That, is when you know you’re at one with your surroundings.
Being able to work on a project that was so far removed from our everyday life, was surreal. It is a place like no other – Umnya, translating to “wish” – is exactly what we did when we looked up at the sky every night.