The story I am going to tell you is one of those stories that make your jaw drop to the floor and make you feel driven to chase your dreams. It’s a story that some will find crazy and irresponsible, some others will feel the boost of motivation and admiration. Let me leave you reading it and decide what the story will be for you.
I’ve heard about Dagmara from another Polish woman living in Marrakesh. We aren’t many Polish women in Morocco so it’s quite easy to hear about other folks doing something here, being entrepreneurs, owning a business. Most of the stories here start with a Polish married to a Moroccan. Dagmara’s story is totally different than one may expect…
It all started in 2010, when she was 22 years old. She had spent 3 years being a tour guide in Egypt and Tunisia. The job was very well paid but extremely exhausting. She went to Poland to think what to do next.
She worked for a GDS (Global Distrubution Systems) company. Usual office job: 9/5. The same routine, the same tasks, the same way back home, the same people and the same office. She aspired for more than this.
The turning point in her life and a motivation to take decision was her engagement. They were friends, they respected each other and felt comfortable with each other and he proposed to her, she accepted the proposal. At the same exact day she knew she has made a mistake and thought it would just pass. When 3 months later her mom came to her with catalogues of wedding dresses… Dagmara opened her eyes: It’s time to reverse the mistake! Marriage, kids, 9/5 work… Sounded terryfing! Oops… She felt like the distaster was really close. She made a quick decision. As she had some good contacts in travel agencies, she asked a colleague of hers to book her one-way ticket to an Arab country that she hasn’t visited yet… Morocco.
Few days later Dagmara landed in Casablanca.
Three years later she opened her riad in the heart of Marrakesh.
Today Dagmara is 27, when she opened the riad she was 25. The place was literally empty, with only two heavy tables in the patio. Renovation costed her a lot of stress and tears, but finally she did it. Here you can see the photos I took when I visited her in Riad Suliman. Dagmara told me the story of every single object in the place… All decorations have souls and amazing stories.
The lamps bought on the road to Essaouira (coastline in the south of Morocco). Dagmara dreamed of them but couldn’t find them anywhere. She saw them accidentally on the road from Marrakech. The biggest one was made especially for her and didn’t fit the door of the riad… :P
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