I went to Morocco this past weekend. All I can say is ¡WOW!
But I guess you want to hear a little more than that, eh?
Vale, here it goes.
We (I went with 4 other friends, the 5 of us met during orientation because we all live in the same neighborhood, Los Remedios, and now we do pretty much everything together) went to Morocco with a tour company that caters to International Students in Sevilla. Sounds like it would be crazy and unorganized drunkeness, but it wasnt at all – thank goodness. We left Sevilla at 9am on Friday (remember, no one has class on Friday, Im thinking for this purpose?) and bussed to Gibraltar, a British territory at the very south of Spain. We spent the afternoon there, wandering around, taking in the AMAZING sites. Grace, Mallory and I even took a cable car up to the top of the rock to experience the monkeys of Gibraltar. I had already been to the top of the Rock when I was in Spain last time, and was really excited to not have to drive up the windy and narrow roads that should most definitely be one way. Anyways, WHAT A VIEW.
After Grace got attacked (almost quite literally…) by these ravenous monkeys of Gibraltar, we went down the mountain, back on the bus, and to the Ferry we went! We took the ferry from Algeciras to Ceuta, an autonomous city of Spain that is really on the tip of Morocco? (look it up…) Anyways, then we had to wait in the bus for an hour while our tour guide took our passports into border control. Then we bused to the hotel that was really incredible! It was a beachfront property and Jill and Megan and I were lucky enough to get a room facing the beach! THIS is what we woke up to!!
That morning we woke up, watched the sunrise, went to breakfast and took off to Chefchaouen, a small town in Morocco where all of the buildings are BLUE. It’s really amazing to see because I am not lying, quite literally EVERYTHING is blue. And all different shades! Its really cool. Other towns do it too, they all have their own colors. AND this paint serves a purpose – it keeps the mosquitos out of the house! Mom, Dad, you ready to paint our house blue?
After – back on the bus!! We got to Tetouan for lunch. A sensory OVERLOAD. Loud musical performances, bright and spicy food, great teas, dancers, a MAGNIFICENT building – it was just great.
Then, more markets! Right up my alley. And really, all of these streets were not streets, they were alleys – STUFFED with vendors of all kinds. Ill say it again, almost everything on this trip was a sensory overload. (Dont take this as a bad thing!)
…to be continued.