Rabat

Toward the end of our trip to Morocco, we spent a week in rabat.  Our homestay family was amazing.  Our mom was a professional chef and she had fresh bread for us every morning.  We visited many amazing sites like the Mausoleum of Mohammed V, the Kasba, the beach, and many amazing museums.

 

 

Our last day, we visited Casablanca.  We saw the mosque and spent the day in the Mall of Morocco.  I would have liked to explore the city more, but it was still an amazing experience.

 

Chefchaouen

Probably one of my favorite independent trips was our trip to Chefchaouen.  Every so often, our program would allow us to travel wherever we wanted outside the program.  This free weekend, my friends and I decided to travel to Chefchaouen, the blue pearl.  What makes this city so beautiful and unique is its color.  The entire city is blue.

We stayed in one of my favorite Riyads with a beautiful view of the city.  The food was delicious and the city was gorgeous.

Our first day, we took one of the hardest trails I’ve ever hiked to “God’s Bridge” and then swam in the watering hole near the damn.  It was gorgeous and felt so good to swim after a long hike.

The last day, we just enjoyed and experienced the city. Chefchaouen is the relaxation capital of Morocco.  It was so nice to explore the city.  I bought so many perfumes and spices and essential oils.  This was definitely one of my favorite cities.

 

Merzouga

Our first trip as a program was too Merzouga.  Merzouga is located in the Pre-Sahara.  We took a very long bus ride (13 hours) before finally reaching our hotel in Erfoud.  The hotel was gorgeous with unlimited food and a freezing pool.  The next morning, we took a shorter busride to our real destination in the desert.  Along the way, we stopped in a berber tent for tea. It was delicious!

We stayed in gorgeous tents.

Later in the afternoon, we had the opportunity to ride camels up the sand dunes before finishing the trip on foot!

The last day, a tour guide took us to the Erfoud Kasba, Souk, and Rug Market

First Month in Morocco

Only starting my trip to Morocco and I can already tell that this experience will change my life.  We entered the country during the middle of Ramadan and it has been a little chaotic trying to survive in a country where nothing is open during the day.  However, it’s been a very interesting experience.  The people we’ve met so far have been very helpful and patient with us.  We are studying at Al-Akhwayne University in Ifrane.  The city is a place where everyone knows each other and not a lot happens.  I’m told that it is very busy in the wintertime because of the mountains and the opportunity to go skiing.  Out professor flew out to meet us at the university to help us settle in.  She took us to Meknes and let us explore the city a little bit.  The end of our first week was Eid which marks the end of Ramadan.  Because of the holiday, students were allowed to travel.  My group and I decided to take a trip to Tangier.  We stayed in a beautiful Riyad.  We visited Hercules Caves, the beach, and the divide between the Atlantic and the Mediterranean.   After a long day of exploring, we hiked us large rocks near the seashore and watched the sunset.

F