Hamed (pronounced something like Hah-meed) was our personal tour guide and driver for three days from Marrakech to the desert at Merzouga and return – about 1200kms all up. On the middle day, the day we were arriving at the desert for our overnight camel ride and camp, he wore his traditional Berber clothing instead of the trousers and short-sleeved shirt he wore the other days. I didn’t recognise him at first! I wanted to ask him if his change of attire was just for us tourists, but instead I asked if he felt more comfortable in his traditional clothing, and he gave an obviously honest answer of “yes”. He had grown up in a small, Berber village and longed to go back, but he’d worked as a guide for 18 years and Marrakech was where he was able to earn a good income. Hamed is obviously well liked by all the locals on the tourist circuit, and undoubtedly contributed to our enjoyment of the tour, for which we are very grateful. I think this portrait well reflects his relaxed and friendly personality.