Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Salam...Morocco!

I took a weekend trip to Marrakesh, Morocco. A completely different place from anywhere else I have been to. The culture, the people, the language...I think this is the first country I've been to that I could not understand a single word. They speak mostly Arabic and French. The people are very generous and love to try to sell you things...its the bargaining city! You have to bargain hard...it's a lot of fun actually.

Leaving Barcelona

I arrived to Marrakesh on Thursday night. My friends and I booked the whole trip through bus2alps which is a great company if anyone is interested in finding trips all over Europe that include accommodation, tour guides, and other fun activities. That night, our hostel (Equity Point) served us a nice Moroccan dinner. They usually eat vegetables and some type of meat. They like to use a lot of saffron and usually add a hint of cinnamon to their dishes as well.
Hostel
Veggies with Chicken

The next morning we took a tour around the city (Medina). The whole city is surrounded by great walls. We walked a whole bunch, passing by the street vendors.
Typical alley
Kaley, Katie, Andrea and I at one of Morocco's
finest University 
Some nice shoes out for sale
Fruit Stand
A group of us with our tour guide Ali
The largest Mosque in Africa

Later in the afternoon, we went Canyoning. We basically hike up for about 30-40min and then hike down, or canyon down the waterfalls. Since it's techinacally winter-time, the water was about 35 degrees...freezing!!! I wore a wet suit but that did not do anything!! I have never been so cold in my entire life! The first waterfall we went down was small, but the second was about 110ft high. It's basically like rock climbing, however you have water splashing down on you the entire time. Your feet also don't get a good grip because the waterfall is covered entirely with wet moss. Even though I almost went through hypothermia, I'd have to say it was an amazing experience. 
All suited up!
The guide has actual pictures of us going down, but
he has not posted them up yet, but once he does I'll
make sure to post it up here too!

The next day we went camel riding which was amazing!!! I love camels...there really friendly too!
Afterwards, we stopped by at an old lady's home where she served us some homemade tea with bread with homemade, olive oil, butter, and honey! Delicious! She was the sweetest person ever!
Tea: Mint, Sage, Lemongrass, Sugar
Bread with butter, honey and oil
Later on, we toured the main and also the largest market in Morocco...the market is called the Souk. We even took a carriage ride around the Medina.
The lovely carriage ride we took
KFC!
My Kabob dinner


I had an amazing time in Morocco. It's definitely a wonderful place to visit. You learn so much when you are there and you also learn to appreciate what you have. The food is different, but worth trying and the people are just great! They are all generous and always trying to talk to you. Hopefully I will be able to visit again!
I hjst need to go to Antarctica and Australia and then I will have gone to all seven continents!

Besitos, Lilly Goti


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