Chefchaouen, Morocco

Places we visited: Marrakech, Sahara Desert, Fes, Chefchaouen, Casablanca

Length of stay: 11 days

High point: the Sahara desert-riding a camel to our campsite and climbing a sand
dune at night to see the stars, walking through the Chefchaouen Medina

Low Point: Arriving tired and dirty in Casablanca to find Casablanca and our hotel
room were also tired and dirty

Local food/flavor: Tajines, couscous, mint tea, olives, fresh squeezed orange juice

Language: Arabic and French

Currency: Dirham

Unique Sights: Donkeys used as delivery trucks, kasbahs, souqs, riads, seven year
old tour guides, pink toilet paper

Purchases: Moroccan house shoes and a wool sweater

Things we did:
  • Marrakech
  • This is where we were introduced to mint tea. Yum!
  • Got lost in the souqs, on accident and on purpose
  • Ate dinner with the locals at stall #17 in Djemaa el-Fna Square

  • Sahara Expedition (a three day trip through Central Morocco to the Sahara)
  • Spent the night in the Todra Gorge, a beautiful area of Morocco
  • Rode a camel into the Sahara to our campsite
  • Climbed a sand dune in the dark
  • Camped in the Sahara for one night

  • Fes
  • Shared a six-hour taxi ride with our new friends from Hong Kong from
    Merzouga to Fes
  • Watched the process of cleaning, bleaching, and tanning leather hides at
    the tanneries

  • Chefchaouen
  • Relaxed in one of the prettiest mountain towns we have ever seen
  • Were offered "kif" before we even made it out of the train station
  • Ran into friends from the Sahara Expedition
  • Hiked to an abandoned mosque overlooking the city (and were offered
    "kif" at least five times
  • Bartered for Moroccan shoes and a wool sweater
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