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Africa » Morocco » Souss-Massa-Draâ » Agadir February 2nd 2014

Morocco’s an incredible study in contrasts, from language to landscape and everything in-between. Though we were only there for a week, we got a chance to do a bit of exploring, seeing some of nearby Agadir — which included spending time at its souk, the third-largest in North Africa. We also enjoyed several excursions to Tagazhout, a favourite spot with surfers, which included having an authentic tagine with chicken, merguez, roasted vegetables and real couscous — not the kind that comes from a cardboard box as you’d typically find in Canada. With bright bold colours, friendly locals, tasty food, and an off-the-beaten-path kind of vibe, Morocco's the kind of place that calls for more than one visit.... read more
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Africa » Morocco January 31st 2014

We all shine in nature. It is our rawest form. When I returned to Marrakesh I still had about 10 days left of my trip and didn't want to finish it in the city. Waves (and women) were my highest priority but since it was a waveless time of year (and since most women were Moslem) I opted for the mountains. Boris and me went on an Atlas Adventure. Immediately I noticed that it cooled off. We went to a restaurant that night that was also someones home. We were invited in and sat on pillowed beds watching TV. When our meals came out they were again flavored to perfection. Tender strips of chicken drenched in juicy peppered sauce. Carrots, peas and fresh broccoli. We were treated like touring royalty. There were many lambs around and ... read more
Epic Waves
Me n the Commie!
Old City Essaouira

Africa » Morocco January 27th 2014

Time to delve harder into the heat! It was near 40 degrees celsius / 100 fahrenheit in Marrakesh alone but I wanted to see the desert and sandy hills and to be honest I like the heat. I dreamed of oases and camels and lovely hidden dancing maidens. Marrakesh was a good start point to know the Moroccans. The hospitality was great. As in if they knew you a little bit you could pretty much just pay what you wanted (at my hostel). Be cool and everything was halal! The call to prayer chants would come at dawn and at dusk and they were beautiful. I mean the dusk ones were; at dawn I wanted to throw a sandal at the chanter. I found the tour I liked best and booked it. Then my posse joined. ... read more
Desert Beauty
Camel Caravan
Long Sands

Africa » Morocco » Souss-Massa-Draâ » Ouarzazate January 25th 2014

Sidi Ifni rested quietly at the coast. The town had its own airport in the middle of the city. One day a week there is a big market on the runway. Close by the sea the menu was traditional Morrocan tajine with fish. And we had nice tajine served in the nearby hotel at a price of 45 DH, approx 4€. The cost of living is next to nothing for europeans. And the further south we have been, the cheaper. The people outside of the tourist areas are even more friendly. They help you with anything you ask. We try to use their services for all our needs, and in that way support the locals. Our tour along the coast to Aglou past Milfest is a area where they collect honey, with the locals selling honey ... read more
West Sahara
West Sahara
West Sahara

Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz » Marrakech January 20th 2014

What a wonderful world. I flew only an hour from Lisbon and we transferred to a little prop plane. On the plane I met a Russian named Boris. He had only his guitar and pack. When we got outside of the airport to hail a taxi the heat was stifling. I felt like I was in Las Vegas but hotter. Fancy town. We were dropped in the central crazy area of Marrakesh, Morocco. People were staring and questioning. I had a lot on my mind and my plate of what I wanted to do but first it was time to eat. Me and my new friend went to a restaurant and ordered the native dish of Tagine. They mix veggies in with lamb or other meats and let it steam in a ceramic dish. The result ... read more
Marrakesh Street action
The Gathering Place
Let the Music Play

Africa » Morocco January 19th 2014

MOROCCO We arrived on the African continent in Tangier after an interesting ferry ride across the Strait of Gibraltar. The Moroccan police were very disorganized in stamping our passports. It took the entire 45 minute journey to stamp everyone’s book after much pushing and shoving in line. I know that many of us think that Americans can be rude, but they are among the most polite when it comes to waiting in line. We all know to go to the end of the line, but over here, it’s the strongest that survive the crowds. They will push you out of the way in a heartbeat. Even the well dressed women and kids. Leaving Tangier we drove south through the country towards Fez. Oddly enough, I had the best meal of the trip thus far at a ... read more

Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz » Marrakech January 17th 2014

Today as we continued on journey south and west we made a stop at Dades Gorge and continued along the route of 1001 Kasbahs. This was the old caravan route from the Atlantic to the Sahara, although the ones further south were used most often. Along this route are the remains and restorations of the most surviving kasbahs. We stopped at one called Kasbah Taourit, now a UNESCO site. Built in 1764 and used mainly for administraton of the area and was a center point in the rebellion of the Berbers against the Sultan in 1912. We finally made our way to Ouazazate, pronounced "whereizit". This area has been used for many movies such as Lawrence of Arabia, Gladiator, Ten Commandments, The Mummy and many others. The hotel we stayed in even had some of the ... read more
Sunrise on Sahara
Sunrise on Sahara
Staying warm

Africa » Morocco » Meknès-Tafilalet » Merzouga January 14th 2014

Today we moved from Fes across the primary mountain range in Morocco called the Atlas Mountains. We are moving into Berber dominated area. The Berbers are the original people of this area and other parts of North Africa, named such by the Greeks who called everyone not Greek barbarians. The Berber name is a derivation of the word amongst several dialects over time. The Berber language was just added as an official language of Morocco along with Arabic and French. The Berbers even have their own calendar and we are here during their New Year. No major celebrations though as this is an agricultural society and very poor. On the way we stopped in a town called Infram which many have called the Switzerland of Morocco. It was very cute and many buildings had the Swiss ... read more
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Africa » Morocco » Fès-Boulemane » Fes January 13th 2014

Today we explore Fes. There is an old section from the 9th century and a "new" Fes from the 14th century. The new, new town is on the outskirts. We visited the palace from the 14th century, still used by members of the Royal family so we could only see the outside. There are 7 huge gates because 7 is a lucky number in Islam. However, the highlight of the day was spending about 3.5 hours walking through the 9th century medina or marketplace. Fes is known for this medina. It was crazy! Narrow alleys, 9400 to be exact, that wound through the place like a maze. If you didn't know where you were going, you might as well just sit down and hope some nice person comes along. There is a meat section, vegetable section, ... read more
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Africa » Morocco » Meknès-Tafilalet » Meknes January 12th 2014

(publishing with pictures now) Headed out early today for Fes but made of day of stops before getting there. Before we left Casablanca we drove to the Hassan II mosque which is reportedly the 3rd largest mosque in the world. Forty thousand people can get in there during prayer. Of course we found cats outside and had to have picture of them, too. We also took a swing by Rick's Cafe. For those Bogey fans, you'll know what I'm talking about! :) Now we start our 2 hour drive north to Meknes. Meknes is one of the four Imperial cities founded in the 17th century. It's famous for the kasbah (fortress) around the city and it's mosque and shrine for the Sultan Moulay Ismail, who brought Meknes into great power. Many ambassadors from European countries were ... read more
with our tour guide, Abdullah
we can't resist
still cute




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