Morocco. This evokes a reminiscence in my head that feels so surreal. I was blessed to go to Marrakesh with two people i’ve come to really love and trust, because without them, I may never have experienced everything the way I did.
Morocco offers so much; amazing markets, a rich culture, an array of products from those you didn’t know existed to those that you didn’t think were legal anywhere, food to die for, quality (and cheap) silver and materials and a real observation of community.
Amongst discovering the absolute magic of the ‘big square’ Jam El Fnaa, with snake tamers, sprukers with well practiced catch phrases for every nationality, fantastic food, monkeys, and a great selection of goods, you get to see the community behind this place.
This was the catalyst for some bargaining nightmares, and as a tourist not the best thing for you sometimes, but the entrepreneurs from ages 4 and above will try to sell you anything for the worth of whats in your wallet. The best part is, bartering is good sport there, rather than just a way to look cheap.
One thing that (mostly in hindsight) stands out above everything is that every shop owner, tradesman, taxi driver to the average street walker will help each other out and never sell each other out, to make a quick buck out of the tourists. An amazing level of community that means you absolutely must be sure that you’re not being ripped off beyond belief, but something that showed how strong the community bond was. The people where very nice though, all in all met some of the nicest taxi drivers in the world, one who, for no extra charge took us to a dealers market on our way to the big square, taught us some Arabic and a bit about the culture. Which if we had been interested in shipping some amazing goods back to Australia would have been very handy.
If I ever get the chance to go back to Morocco, which i hope i do, I would like to travel with a male, as we did run into a few moments of unwanted attention, however it all worked out well in the end. I certainly don’t want to go down the road of pondering religion, sexism and tourism all in one post. I was happy to be travelling with two girls who had the sense, like myself, to be a bit more conservative with dress in these places, and respect the local customs by doing this. It did add to the overall experience, in many interesting ways.
We furthermore got to go up closer to the Atlas mountains on a day trip where we met women who make Argon oil for a living, followed by a very nice camel ride! The amount of riverside eateries there are also incredible. eating on the riverbank before climbing up to a waterfall.
These two photos represent some of the best parts of an unforgettable day.
Morocco in general was an absolutely amazing destination and one i would definitely recommend.