Morocco


I traveled through Morocco by train and bus for ten days without much planning. For the most part, I wanted to explore Morocco on a day-by-day basis. When I arrived at the airport in Agadir at midnight, I didn’t know exactly where I was headed to.  I told the taxi driver to take me to the closest city with a hotel.  He drove one hour and we finally arrived in a small coastal town called Essaouira.  It turned out to be my favorite town in all of Morocco.  It was a vibrant city ranging from hanging carpets to colorful fishing boats to a variety of spices for sale.  Sailors came in with their catch of the day and the kids played soccer in the tight narrow alleyways inside the Medina.  After spending a few days in Essaouira, I headed inland towards Marrakesh.

A good way to start your day in Marrakesh is to try the freshly-squeezed orange juice sold in the market square.  The square has a lot going on with vendors of all types and food for all taste buds.  Walking through the maze-like streets is sure to get you lost but that’s half the fun!  You’ll eventually find out that you actually made a big circle when you thought you were heading in one direction.  At night, the square fills up with lights, entertainers and music.  My last stop was Casablanca.  I wanted to see the Hassan II Mosque in person and take in its majestic size.  With a clear blue sky the mosque was even that more impressive.  Morocco is proud of its architecture and it shows throughout the whole country.

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