2014 Travels: Prague Edition

After two weeks in Morocco, I visited Prague, Czech Republic and stayed with a few of Grafton's old "flat mates." I feel so fortunate to have had that hookup, and of course, all of Grafton's friends were so welcoming and interesting. While they were at work, I made my way around the city, making sure to visit as many of Grafton's recommendations as I could.

Prague, Czech Republic, April 2014

Prague, Czech Republic, April 2014

Prague, Czech Republic, April 2014

Prague, Czech Republic, April 2014

Prague, Czech Republic, April 2014

Prague, Czech Republic, April 2014

Prague, Czech Republic, April 2014

Prague, Czech Republic, April 2014

Prague, Czech Republic, April 2014

Prague, Czech Republic, April 2014

Prague, Czech Republic, April 2014

Prague, Czech Republic, April 2014

Prague, Czech Republic, April 2014

Grafton had told me about this old graveyard that he loves, and I'm so glad he shared this place with me. My rainy walk into this dark, lush graveyard was probably my favorite part of my entire trip.

Prague, Czech Republic, April 2014

Prague, Czech Republic, April 2014

Since I was a solo traveler in this city, I asked a few tourists like myself to snap a photo of me here and there. After reviewing these photos, I've decided that it probably wouldn't be a bad idea to dedicate a blog soley to photos of me taken by other tourists. With gems such as these following photos, I think that blog would be a hit. ;]

Prague, Czech Republic, April 2014

Prague, Czech Republic, April 2014

Prague was a really beautiful city. The whole time I wandered the streets, I couldn't kick the feeling that I was walking around in a fairytale setting. With all the castles, cobblestone streets, and bridges, I think this must be a common feeling among visitors of Prague. Click here to see all my photos from my week in Prague!

2014 Travels: Morocco Edition

MOROCCO : APRIL 13 - 27

FEZ, MOROCCO


We started our trip in Fez, went to two other cities, and then ended our trip back in Fez. I'm so glad we did so, too, because Fez was a really neat place. Both times (but at different riads), we stayed in the heart of the old city. Every day, we ventured through the marketplace, drank fresh mint tea, and was awoken to early-morning prayers. If you can't tell by my photos, one of my favorite things about this city (well, actually just Morocco in general) was the food. While meat was available to eat, most of the dishes served consisted only of vegetables. Being a vegetarian, I was basically in travel heaven. 

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As I do with every vacation, I made my fellow travel companions pose with weird faces as many times as possible. Bobbi, Mark, Sarah, and Hide (pronounced "Hee-Day") were all very cooperative and understanding when I asked them, "Hey, can we all stand by this colorful wall for a minute? Oh, and think of three faces."

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The following .gif is particularily humorous to all of us because we are attempting, through three faces per person, to reeanct a somewhat strange encounter that we had a couple hours prior.

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TAGHAZOUT, MOROCCO

From Fez, we went to Taghazout, Morocco, a little coastal beach town. We stayed six nights at Hash Point Surf Camp and had just the most wonderful, relaxing time there. Much of our time was spent on the terraces at Hash Point. There, we admired the ocean, played board games, practiced our balancing skills on the balance board, and chatted with the welcoming owner, Abhullah, and his friendly coworkers. The small town was full of stray kitties (who were surprisingly clean and well mannered!), fresh fruits, and surfers from around the world. I'm so thankful that the couples I traveled with did such a thorough job of planning our two weeks in Morocco! I wouldn't have wanted to miss out on the adorable beach town of Taghazout.

Here's a video of Hash Point Surf Camp. The guy with the curly hair is Abdullah, Hash Point's awesome owner, and his dog, the beautiful golden lab, is also featured in this video!

Taghazout, Morocco, April 2014

Taghazout, Morocco, April 2014

Taghazout, Morocco, April 2014

Taghazout, Morocco, April 2014

Taghazout, Morocco, April 2014

Taghazout, Morocco, April 2014

Taghazout, Morocco, April 2014

Taghazout, Morocco, April 2014

Taghazout, Morocco, April 2014

Taghazout, Morocco, April 2014

Taghazout, Morocco, April 2014

Taghazout, Morocco, April 2014

Taghazout, Morocco, April 2014

Paradise Valley, Morocco, April 2014

Paradise Valley, Morocco, April 2014

Taghazout, Morocco, April 2014

Taghazout, Morocco, April 2014

Taghazout, Morocco, April 2014

Taghazout, Morocco, April 2014

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MARRAKECH, MOROCCO

Bobbi, Mark, and I were only in Marrakech for two nights, but it was from Marrakech that we left for our desert trek. Sarah and Hide didn't end up going with us on the desert trek, so they spent one extra night in the city (and sadly will not appear in any of the following photos).

Marrakech, Morocco, April 2014

Marrakech, Morocco, April 2014

Marrakech, Morocco, April 2014

Desert Trek, Morocco, Apri 2014

Desert Trek, Morocco, Apri 2014

Desert Trek, Morocco, Apri 2014

Desert Trek, Morocco, Apri 2014

I tried taking a few selfies while riding the camel, but that was much more challenging than I had hoped. What I actually got was just a lot of unflattering photos of myself and absolutely priceless ones of Mark behind me.

Desert Trek, Morocco, Apri 2014

Desert Trek, Morocco, Apri 2014

Desert Trek, Morocco, Apri 2014

Desert Trek, Morocco, Apri 2014

Desert Trek, Morocco, Apri 2014

Desert Trek, Morocco, Apri 2014

Desert Trek, Morocco, Apri 2014

Desert Trek, Morocco, Apri 2014

In addition to riding camels, this 2-day desert excursion included stops at various places in the desert. I mean, I couldn't help but feel like we were helplessly stuck in a 2-day tourist trap, but the camel rides and sleeping in the desert for a night made the trip worthwhile.

Desert Trek, Morocco, Apri 2014

Desert Trek, Morocco, Apri 2014

Desert Trek, Morocco, Apri 2014

Desert Trek, Morocco, Apri 2014

One of our stops, though, was pretty cool. We got to see Aït Benhaddou, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which was a filming location for some Kahleesi scenes in Game of Thrones.

Desert Trek, Morocco, Apri 2014

Desert Trek, Morocco, Apri 2014

Overall, Morocco was quite the travel experience for me and my friends. I'm pretty sure that they would all agree, but I can only speak for myself when I say that it was one of my favorite vacations yet! If you can't tell by the photos, the people, food, and scenery were all so fascinating and captivating. Click here to see all my photos from our Morocco trip!