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Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz » Marrakech December 21st 2012

Firstly, i'll just explain the title. 'Marrakech', coz thats where we were, and 'Express' because I reckon its a place you want see and get out of as quickly as possible. Also, the song... It's in your head now isn't it? :D So, Marrakech. You will get scammed in some shape or form. This is a fact. Its best just to accept it and move on. Our first day consisted mainly of getting completely lost. Marakech is a maze of markets and houses, unnamed alleys and dusty roads. The mosques are the best navigation tool. They are all named and because it's prohibited for buildings to be taller than a mosque, you can always find your way to one. Although we hadn't figured that out yet on the first day, so we spent 5 hours 'exploring'. ... read more
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Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz » Marrakech December 19th 2012

I can dampen most people’s spirits. I can see the possible catch in the ‘too good to be true.’ I am the wary one with eyes in the back of my head, scamometer on alert when being spoken to, guided by etc. but I didn’t see this one coming. Seasoned travellers beware. There is always a new scam even for the most suspecting of tourists. Number 15 stall on the Djemaa el-Fna did themselves proud. An engaging young man with a large smile and a small koala keyring in his pocket together with a charming sense of humour elicited our promise to return to dine after a perusal of the covered market. He laughed when we came back and sat down. The maitre-d if you could call him that gesticulated wildly at the array of vegetables, ... read more
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Berber hut
Sharing mint tea

Africa » Morocco December 18th 2012

Morocco is situated in North Africa and it is the only African country that is presently not a member of the ‘African Union’.... read more
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Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz » Marrakech December 13th 2012

Bonjour/es salaam alaykum. Having being in a state of semi-awakeness for over 36 hours, we stepped off the plane at Casablanca airport. Unusual for us, we had pre-booked a hotel room and an airport pick-up by taxi, but it was a great choice, given that it was late and our ability to negotiate prices in a French/Arabic mix was hindered somewhat! We rested in a rather pleasant and spacious hotel room with a balcony and lots of windows - we were quite lucky to have found a room like this for so cheap! In the morning we explored the streets, souqs (markets) and medina (old part of town) of Morocco's largest city. We twisted through the labyrinthine alleyways and discovered a seemingly endless amount of vendors selling almost anything imaginable... We certainly got our fix of ... read more
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Buying more food.

Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz » Marrakech December 6th 2012

Español / Català Marrakech is undoubtedly one of the most touristic and spectacular of the cities of Morocco. There is not much to tell that has not been said about famed Djemaa el Fna square, its watermen, snake charmers, the Koutoubia tower, or wonderful medina, or even about the Fantasy riders, the horsemen who charge on their horses just too suddenly stop and fire their old muskets. So I will not talk about Marrakech. But some fantasies. Other fantasies. Hassan Ibn Muhammad al Wazzan al Fessi al Garnati, Grenadian better known in Italian soil by the name of Giovanni Leone di Medicis, or its nickname, Leo Africanus, published on March 10, 1526 the book Della descrittione dell’Africa et delle cose notabili che quivi sono, (About Africa description... read more
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Africa » Morocco December 1st 2012

Hummmm I guess from the drop down menu on this blog of places in Morocco I'm just about off the map! Essaouira, Agadir, Tiznit, Tan Tan.... All beautiful, vibrant, less and less populated (except for Agadir) Essaouira and our first glimpse of the Atlantic ocean in quite a while. Desert cliffs give way to a wild and sprawling coast home to a neat and ancient town with a thriving competitive fishing industry. Tiny seafood stalls clustered along the sea wall display a veritable glistening cornucopia of delights. Hawkers shout above each other waving live crabs and lobsters inches from your face vieing to lure you to their wares. Crowded picnic tables abuzz with a thousand flies, street musicians and chefs swirl around in the smoke of many many charcoal fires as fresh seafood is grilled on ... read more
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Africa » Morocco » Rabat-Salé-Zemmour-Zaer » Temara November 23rd 2012

So this week I have been in a weird mood. It's getting to be the end of the program, I only have one month left and it's really bittersweet. I am craving home(I legitimately had a dream about eating Domines Pizza last night) but at the same time I can't bear the thought of saying goodbye to my host family. They are the best part of this program hands down and I can't believe I have only known them for three months, they make me feel like I have been part of their family forever. I've been looking at jobs for next semester online and I'm also starting to look at different programs through with I can teach in China or Taiwan next year, and that's absolutely crazy to think about. The other day we had ... read more

Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz » Marrakech November 22nd 2012

How quickly we adjust...what was novel a week ago is now old school. Putting up a tent, taking it down, stuffing it in a bag several sizes too small (regardless of what the manufacturer says), it's all run of the mill now, the nomadic life is passe. Other things retain the power to surprise, the absolutely gorgeous landscape of Morocco, especially the Atlas montains are deserving of praise: hard, dry and cold....life here is unrelenting for the inhabitants. Each tiny cultivated plot clings to the edge of a slow running waterway, hard won fertility. In other places dried up streams are bordered by abandoned terraces like a dusty brown necklace. The people are busy trying to survive, olives and dates are essential parts of their daily diet. Bread is made from home grown and ground wheat. ... read more
Mohamed and me
A village survives
Drummers galore

Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz November 22nd 2012

We've been on the road for several days, have camped in moon scapes equally barren and cold and seen the snow high in the Atlas mountains blush pink in the early morning glow. Numbed to the incessant bartering ive flead to the heights of a Berber village in the cliffs above Toudra gorge and had the best mint tea ever at the side of the road with Mahommed and Mahommed. Sitting on the throne of movie sets I've pretended to rule the world, but sharing tea with the most humble has humbled me and truly makes me appreciate my privileged place in the world There have been near misses with the truck as lorries barrel ahead over our side of the white line and force us off the road (a rule interpreted very differently here in ... read more
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Africa » Morocco » Souss-Massa-Draâ » M'Hamid November 21st 2012

My first windsurf in Morocco was the best windsurf session I ever experienced, I went (normal) surfing for the first time that morning and the wind had been building the entire time. It really kicked in at 3 pm, I had an instructor come out with me - the waves were at least 2 m and a rather steep learning curve to say the least! I spent the next day surfing and headed back to Marrakech that evening as the forecast was pants for the next week. Plus, I wanted to go to the desert... I had an allergic reaction to some yet unknown substance with swollen lips, eyes etc after Essaouira, but quickly had it diagnosed and sorted in Marrakech. Would not recommend it! A crazy bus ride took us (Me, Mitch, Nadia & Liam) ... read more




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