Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Moroccan Trip

Hello Everyone!

What a trip to Morocco! It was such an eye opening experience. First we took a bus ride from Costa Del Sol and a ferry ride to another bus past the Moroccan border. Although the ride seemed to take forever, it was definitely worth the optional exploration of another country. Most of us seemed to have expected another country stamped into our Passports, but we were all surprised to not see anything.

On the way to the city of Tetouan we were all excited to partake in the camel rides. The camel seemed like such a serene creature. However, they are generally very mean animals.

Soon after arriving into the city of Tetouan we were heavily immersed into the Muslim culture found within the narrow streets and villages. A pungent odor of fish and meat permeated through the air and life was busy for most of the merchants trying to sell their products to us. The goat cheese and bread was absolutely phenomenal!!! After walking through the village for awhile, we were introduced by our tour guide Michael Douglas (aka Abdul) into a home owned by a local carpet merchant. Poor Erica!! All the guys were hitting on her and wouldn't leave her alone.

Entering into the home revealed the most beautiful tile floor with intricate patterns and rugs hanging from the inner terrace of the building. The city was such a wonderful experience that reminded me of my own culture and my mom's heritage. My grandma would have been very proud to have known that I visited a predominantly Muslim city rich with cultural heritage and identity. After visiting the country, I am curious to visit other parts such as: Marrakesh, Fez, Casablanca, and Tangier.

Thanks Liz, Anne, and Michael Douglas for your wonderful time and excellent experience.

Photos of this experience will be posted as soon as I return to the states.
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