Hello from Morocco!
Thu 10 May 2012 - Sat 12 May 2012
I know it's a bit late-- but I have a couple more entries to finally finish my blog.. a year since I first began my travels! Here are some photos from our last trip we took in May to Tangier, Morocco.
I <3 olives...
Eating camel cheese, drinking camel milk
Maggie's B&B-- best place to stay!
Morocco was an absolute dream. It was one of my favorite trips because it was something so different from everything else I'd experienced. When we first arrived, we were met at the airport my our tour guide we set up through SAID tours. Muhammad showed us around the markets. We were led through a tour of the Moroccan caves and rode camels!
We stayed with a woman named Maggie, who used her home as a B&B. She was quite a character, and I would totally stay there again! She's Scottish, but she grew up in India, traveled in France, the U.S. and other various places, until she ended up in Morocco. Her house was this amazing little place hidden in a maze of Moroccan apartments in the Medina, or the old part of town. She had a terrace which looked over the city and the ocean. There was also a bedroom up there too-- so cool. Her housekeeper, Fatima, made us a delicious breakfast every morning while we listened to Maggie's 1920's music fill the air. She had two old friends staying with her, one man from Spain, and the other from England. We were convinced her and the English guy were in love, secretly. Because of religion, the nightlife isn't huge, but Maggie suggested a bar at the Tangier Inn, where apparently Jack Kerouac used to hang out. We had a great, low key night there and met some really kind people.
The food was amazing, and the reason for my new olive obsession. Maggie suggested we visit this place near the port where all the workers eat. There are these little whole in the wall seafood places, and they are a delicious bargain. For 8 euro, four of us shared a meal-- a plate of fried calamari, fried shrimp (still with the shell on and all), and then a plate of fish.. SO GOOD! Morocco is also famous for their mint tea, for obvious reasons-- it is to die for.
I could spend a lifetime shopping at the markets in Morocco... Everything was so colorful! Beautiful jewelry, leather, furniture, pottery... The pharmacy had a neat array of items, from saffron lip balm to rubs for cooking meat. The food markets are absolutely incredible. Everything is fresh, colorful and vibrant. The olives... I'm tellin' ya. A-MA-ZING. The meat market was a little scary-- they don't waste any part of the animal, which is great, but the smell is horrendous.
Overall this trip was amazing-- short but sweet. And although we didn't find a place in time to get henna done, it was still one of my favorite trips-- I was even inspired to take an Arabic class this semester! Can't wait to return one day.