Morocco: Add it to your Bucket List

Ever thought of travelling to Africa but just never have? Yeah, I think a lot of people have considered a big adventure across the pond (pond being the Atlantic ocean) but unfortunately, they never thought it was possible, or just never made it a priority.

That’s a shame! I lived in East Africa for four years on and off. I can honestly say, I loved living there and I miss it often. However, today I’d like to discuss Morocco!

morocco_mapWhere do I start with Morocco? It’s a difficult task because I knew I would love the architecture, I knew I would probably like the food but I didn’t realize how beautiful it would be (and I didn’t even go to the desert; next time!).

From 2014-2015 I also lived in the United Kingdom. If you live in North America it’s almost impossible to imagine flights being cheap. We live EXTREMELY far away from the rest of the world. However, Europe is compact. There is not a lot of space and there are multiple airlines trying to woo customers. SO, a return flight from Gatwick to Marrakesh cost us 92GBP each with EasyJet. That’s less than $200CAD to fly to a different continent. Mind blowing for us Canadians!

Once we arrived in Marrakesh we were taken to our Riad in the Medina. We followed the cobblestone along the narrow pathways and ended up at large wooden doors that entered to Riad de l’Orientale (pictured below).

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Yes, that’s an orange tree inside.

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I was quite delighted with our accommodations. It was all so beautifully covered in tile!

We made our way to Jemaa el-Fnaa , the main square, to check out the area and the infamous souk (market). We drank fresh orange juice, we heard the Adhan (call to prayer), we ate one of many tagines, I toured the Saadian Tombs, we strolled through a garden at a fancy hotel and we walked for hours until we made our way back to Jemaa el-Fnaa for dinner and lots of fresh mint tea! It was wonderful. We weren’t spending lots of money, we were enjoying our surroundings and taking in as much of Marrakesh as we could.

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After two nights in Marrakesh, we hopped on a bus and headed east to the coast; Essaouira. I didn’t know what to expect as I hadn’t done a lot of research. However, with an initial view of this,

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I was sold. Essaouira would forever remain in my mind and heart. The town is small and its main area is enclosed by fortress walls.We stayed for two nights here and again, walked around and enjoyed the scenery, the relaxed atmosphere and the weather.

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And that’s what made the trip for five days so great. We were experiencing the sights, sounds and smells of some parts of Morocco but we were doing it minimally. In this minimal life, my goal is to experience but not take for granted or take advantage. By collecting memories instead of stuff, I’m trying to experience as much as I can of this world.

Have you been to Morocco before? Where will your next adventure be?

Map Image via The Independent. All other images were taken by Andrea.
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