this was taken in the Bahia palace courtyard and has a very strange light leak but I don't mind it!
I am aware that it's literally March at the time you're reading this. I've actually had my film developed since September but since moving to university I no longer had access to the scanner I usually used and every time I went back to London, I'd forget to bring all 45 film photos with me to scan back there. I haven't yet found a place to scan my prints here in Exeter but I managed to find an app which does an okay job- they're not perfect but then again, what is ;)

I had a wonderful summer last year, it was the one that followed A levels so it just felt that little bit sweeter. I had so much time to just do what I want and not feel the guilt of not studying or the impending doom of exams because I had none. Even the thought of results day was completely blanked out until August hit which is pretty impressive considering I finished exams in the end of June. Because I had so much free time I managed to do quite a bit of travelling which means the photos in this post are from Madrid, Venice, London, Gibraltar, Marrakech, Casablanca and Ceuta. I still vividly remember finishing my last exam, texting my mum and Katie with something like "I'm freeeeee" and then walking to Argos to pick up my disposable camera.

Anyway, I hope you like scrolling through these photos, it's been nice to dig these prints out and have a look through them again. My initial plan was to hang them up in my uni room but I can't think of anywhere good and I'd quite like my deposit back from my land lord tbh. So even though these photos are stowed away in my drawer, I still love looking through them and being reminded of past summers which it only makes my excitement for the coming one even more intense.

One more thing- I apologise for the weird caption formats. The different sized photos has made it so hard to get the captions into one uniform size so some might be smaller fonts than others. Also, count how many times you see my little yellow bag in these photos and comment it down below (or take a shot each time, your choice)
Churros con chocolate and fresh orange juice in Madrid. There were two men playing the guitar just out of the shot and to this day I rewatch the *one* video clip I took of them playing and hope that some day I'll be able to know the piece they were playing
My amazing mum trying *and failing* to row us around the lake all whilst having a smile on her face. We'd arrived at around 8pm so it was cool enough to actually partake in any physical activity, we stayed on the boat until dusk, it was lovely and if I ever end up living in Madrid this is definitely something I'd like to make into a weekly thing
The mountains in Ouzoud falls. Aside from being the site of the stunning waterfall, this place is also a village with quite a substantial civilian population. Our tour guide was a Moroccan guy who was born and raised here and it was interesting to think about what life must be like living here
Mint tea at a cafe overlooking the sea in Rabat with my cousin. I come to this cafe anytime I visit Rabat, I feel like it's so hidden and unknown by any tourists which is a shame as it is such a good spot for a glass of tea or coffee
Courtyard in Bahia Palace (which took us 2 hours to find) but was very worth it
The actual waterfalls!

Our 32p orange juice which we drank way too much. It's so fresh (you can see the oranges behind me!) and squeezed right in front of you. I tried pomegranate juice when I went back to 'kech in December and it is wonderful


Le Jardin Secret in Marrakech, a nice and calm hideaway from the chaos
On the way to Ouzoud Falls. It's so interesting to see how the Moroccan countryside differs to the English one- significantly less green but way more hilly (and that's coming from someone who lives in Exeter)
My cousins and sister and I on the beach in Casablanca. No idea what's going on with my hair lol 
We had a break at a watchpoint where we could catch our breath after all the walking and get a pretty good view of the waterfalls. Also it looks like I was walking around with just my bikini top on but I can assure you I'm wearing a light blouse (which I have since stained blue...)
One of the many rooftops in Marrakech, this one is the Photography Museum's one which has a small cafe/restaurant if you couldn't tell from the menu 
Another one from Le jardin secret. I couldn't have asked for a better travel partner ;) Also, my arm looks insanely long (wooo!)
A photo I took whilst balancing on a bike which is as hard as it sounds. This was taken on the streets of Portogruaro and it felt so old and typically Italian, the whole town gave off that vibe



The Bridge of Sighs, Venice. Venice was super crowded but for a very good reason...t'was stunning!
Cycling was my main form of transport in Venice
Another photo from my mum and I's rowing endeavours in El Retiro park in Madrid 
A failed mirror selfie in the riad 
View from outside Venezia Santa Lucia railway station- we'd missed out train and had to wait 40 minutes for the next one but that was totally fine with me because it was golden hour and the sun's reflection onto the grand canal was insane. I also love how all the warm coloured buildings were super illuminated too. I'd happily miss more trains if I got a view like this every time
St Mark's Square, Venice. Super packed and honestly slightly underwhelming ha 
The YSL gardens which everyone and their mum has visited

Reading in the rooftop pool in Marrakech. The best way to escape the midday heat and have a few hours of calm. The pool was tiny but it was more than enough and such a treat when you've been out in 36+ degrees 
Iconic electric blue house in le jardin majorelle- I'll never tire of the colours in this place
I think this is the only photo I have from London in this post! A few friends from sixth form organised a joint belated birthday picnic in Hyde Park which each of us brought food to. Also, notice how brown the grass is, the heatwave was so real!
Yet another photo of the waterfall ;) Clearly couldn't get enough of it!


Sat opposite the Royal Palace in Madrid. There was a group of Moroccans waving around the flag and playing actual drums in front of us ahead of the world cup match against Spain that night

A day spent eating and walking along Southbank with my good friend Jose. We always try to meet up at least once every summer and it's been going strong. I swear I'm *always* laughing with this guy, possibly the funniest and sassiest (and biggest distraction "hey bitch I'm in the library to 'work' with you" which ends up in us scrapping revison and getting food)
Here's my mum standing outside the Royal Palace. How cute is she!!? Love youuuu 

Classic shot by the Venetian Canals. The humidity was an actual beast and it meant that my hair was not cooperating with me at all this whole trip, I was very pressed on the inside

A photo of the sea in Ceuta. The land/mountains you see in the far left are actually Morocco. Ceuta is a Spanish enclave in Morocco so you enter it through border control and are officially in Spain but Morocco is obviously still physically visible- it's really cool. Also this beach was wonderful and I'll be returning when I'm next in Ceuta
And finally, a pic of me sat on a bench taking in the aura of El Badi palace, a ruined 16th century palace in Marrakech. I love how this picture shows just how huge this place is, even if it is just the ruins!

And there we go! I decided not to include all the photos so there aren't any from Gibraltar because they include some family members who I'm not sure would appreciate being plastered on my blog for the internet to see.

I hope you enjoyed these photos and that it has encouraged you to use a disposable camera when the summer time rolls around. At the time of writing this, I've bought my camera for the year, albeit way too early, and I can't wait to use it in the coming months to document the rest of my time as a fresher at uni. I'll probably have to buy another one for the actual summer but I'm more than okay with that. I'm already excited to develop the photos which I haven't yet taken...

Do you use a disposable/film camera? Which photo is your fave?
-Dalal

22 comments

  1. I love this post so much!!! What app did u use to scan your photos? - im intrigued. Ahhh this makes me soo fuckin excited for summer and future travels (something ive been saying a lot on your posts recently haha) these are so so gorgeous, i literally cannot think of a fave. Also your smile is so infectious! Hope you're doing welllll, lol even I'M excited to see developed film from photos you haven't even taken yet! Love it love it love it ! Sending luv,

    Zoe xo
    delicate--musings.blogspot.com

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    1. Ahhh thanks Zoe- I love this comment and thanks for the compliment haha! I used an app called 'CamScanner' on my phone and then imported all the files onto my laptop. Summer couldn't come sooner and I can't wait to see more of your travels (and share mine with on here too) I hope you're doing okay!!!

      Lots of love,
      Dalal

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  2. love these - film photos have such a gorgeous quality too them!! hope unis going well

    Tasha x
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    1. Thanks Tash! I agree, they're so beautiful it look back on. It's all going okay, I hope you're doing good <3

      Dalal

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  3. Lush pics, there's something so special about film pictures, love the little blips and blurs, adds to the moment n the story behind the pic. I would defo recommend buying a film camera of ur own!! Check out lomography website - u can be so creative with some of their cameras n they're not too expensive.

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    Louise :) :)

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    1. Thanks, I agree too- I quite like the random blurs and light leaks. I'm thinking of using my dad's old film camera or possibly just buying my own second hand one- I'll let you know :) Thanks for reading

      Dalal

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  4. I love seeing film photos (photography student and all that) and these are so lovely. They feel so nostalgic and they're not even my memories - so amazing!

    Lucy | Forever September

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    1. Thanks Lucy, I'm glad you enjoyed hahaha, sorry for the second-hand nostalgia ;)

      Dalal

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  5. I already spoke to you about it most, I think the pictures sort of came to life a bit as I was reading it, I know it sounds cliche but I heard sounds coming out the pictures and stuff it felt like I was there, paired with listening to Cherry Wine in the background it waas such a pretty post that I felt a bit teary. I hope you have more fun trips this year as well.

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    1. Thanks so much for reading! When I look through these photos I can almost vividly remember what was happening around the time of me taking it which is what I love, they can trigger so many memories. I listened to Cherry Wine and it goes perfectly

      Dalal x

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  6. Literally adore seeing these photos! It's so lovely to read about where to photos were taken. This time of year is where I reflect and miss summer the most, so it gets me excited for the summer to come. Love the random light leaks too! xo

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    1. Ahh thanks Lexie, it was so nice putting this post together- so many memories. I can't wait for the summer to come!

      Lots of love,
      Dalal

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  7. Oh woweee, these are sooo lovely and its unreal how much I could do with being on that sun terrace with a good book right now. Hoping we can have a summer adventure this year <3

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    1. The nostalgia was *real* when putting those post together, trust me. Uffff I would do anything to get back up on that terrace and spend those 3 hours in pure relaxation. Yesss, Lisbon?

      Dalal

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  8. These photos are lovely! Morocco is so beautiful, the photos make me wanna go there again and explore more places! You've really inspired me to decide to bring along a disposable camera when I go interrailing this summer! This whole post just gave me wanderlust!

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  9. Ahh thanks! You should definitely revisit, Morocco is beautiful and such a diverse country. Good luck with your interrail travels, I hope that it goes well <3

    Dalal

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  10. Dude these photos are beautiful, I love the light in the first one and the orangey tones of some of them, so beautiful! Such great way to hold onto memories! insanely jealous of this orange juice in Morocco I keep hearing about, some of my friends are going there next year to study and I just keep telling them about this orange juice, as if I have first hand experience of it lol
    constantlylibby.blogspot.co.uk

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    1. Ahhh thanks Libby!! The light leak in the first picture is so cool. I wish I could bring back gallons of fresh Moroccan orange juice so you could try some, but it'd probably better if you went to Marrakech and tried it there haha, it's wonderful. That's so cool that Leeds offers study abroad options to Morocco, I had no idea that was a thing

      Love from Dalal

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  11. This is getting me so in the mood for summer Dalal! Hope you're doing well honey xx

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