This study abroad trip has been so full of adventures I can’t believe how fortunate I am! I have just returned from a week-long trip to Morocco. I am currently on holidays in Spain, which was the perfect excuse I needed to make my long-awaited dream of visiting Morocco a reality.
I was particularly excited to go to Morocco not just because it’s a beautiful country and I have heard that the food is delicious, but because of the fact that my participation in the Arabic Flagship Program means that I will apply to spend a year in Morocco to study Arabic and complete an internship. I looked at this trip as a sneak-preview of what is to come, and spoiler alert: I can’t wait to go back.
I traveled with an organized tour group, which meant that this trip was jam-packed with tours and activities. In the end, we visited Fes, Chefchaouen, Merzouga, Ourazazate, Marrakesh, and Casa Blanca, and we spent a night camping in the desert. I got to see the Hassan II Mosque (the largest in Africa), the Majorelle Garden, the Bahia Palace,
Hassan Tower, the Blue Gate of Fes, and so many more incredible sites. Parts of Morocco, especially in the north, were completely different than what I imagined: there were hills covered in wildflowers, blue lakes, snow-capped mountains… completely different than the image of the desert that I had in mind. Of course, the Saharan is about what I pictured, with golden orange sand in every direction.
Of all the places we traveled, Marrakesh was my favorite stop. It was certainly a busy, active city with a lot going on. One look at its busy main square, the Jemaa el-Fnaa, and that becomes patently obvious. The city has many wonderful little parks and cultivated gardens full of roses, which makes it very charming.
Morocco amazed me, and I highly recommend visiting should you ever get the chance. The country is so rich in history, and it was incredible to visit. I look forward to returning one day soon!