MOROCCO : APRIL 13 - 27
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.
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."
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.
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!
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).
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.
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!