Wednesday, 1 July 2015

We Went To Morocco (Travel)

Suhale and I love traveling.  You may have noticed from my instagram page that we recently visited Morocco. We decided to take a Topdeck tour called "Moroccan Explorer".



I have always wanted to try a trip with them and because of the Boxing Day sale last year, we made a booking.  I suspected that an organized tour might be touristy and commercialized but the experiences we had ended up being genuine and enjoyable.  There were so many great things about our trip and without giving too much away, I've tried to sum it up:


Morocco's landscapes, architecture, heritage, culture, food and people are all part of its unique identity and attraction.  Engaging with all of these in some way or another in this trip was brilliant.




 



Traveling with other young adults enhanced the trip experience.  Morocco is not the first destination of choice for straight out of high-schoolers so you could say our tour group comprised of a more mature young adult group.  It was wonderful making friends with people across the world.


Our tour leader, Mohamed, was great.  His stories, guidance and friendliness added value to our trip.  Mohamed, guided us well and assisted us in bartering, ordering food and arranging places to eat and visit that we truly loved.  Mohamed is an official trek guide in Morocco, and has his own tour company Atlas Trekkers Morocco.  Check it out!


Spending the night in the Sahara dessert was surreal.  It is one of those once-off experiences that transport you in time.  You can forget that this is 2015 and really immerse yourself in the beauty of the dessert and its people.




Each region of Morocco has its own way of cooking and its own flavour.  The best tagine we ate was in the dessert.  It was cooked over the fire the entire day and had a wonderful smoky flavour.  An unforgettable experience was dining in a house in the Medina in Fez.  We had a beautiful home-cooked dinner at a local's home.  His wife described the menu that she and her mother in law had cooked.


The blue Medina of Rabat and the beautiful view of the ocean is something no photo can really express.  I loved the experience of listening to our guide, a resident of the Medina in Rabat, his stories and the view we collided into at the top of the hill.





If you are planning an upcoming trip, consider the Moroccan Explorer:  it was a unique and enjoyable trip that was well organised yet still authentic and I suspect you will love it.










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