I still can’t believe that I am in Africa, and I have already finished my first 3 days in Morocco! For days 1-3 of this trip, we stayed in Marrakech… and I still don’t know the correct spelling! I have seen it spelled both Marrakesh and Marrakech, so if you have insight into this please let me know. Anywho, these first few days have been magical to say the least.
The people on the trip are fun and friendly, and the city is nothing like I expected. As I said in my first Travel Diaries post, I had a vision of Morocco that was way different than what I have experienced so far. The people have been very friendly, the food has been amazing, and the city itself is very modern and clean. I don’t know why I expected dirt roads and food that I would eat but wasn’t sure what it would be, but it has not been that way at all!
After we settled in on the first day, we made our way to Jemaa el-Fnaa which is a very busy square in the old city of Marrakesh. Let me tell you, that place is full of life! There is so much going on, and so many people wandering around that you could easily get swept up in the moment and forget about what is going on for a bit. There are shops, food, performers, and of course scammers and pick-pockets all around. A must-do when in Marrakech!
Day 2 brought all the Instagrammable windows and doors a person could want. We started our morning at Koutoubia Mosque then took a tour of Bahia Palace which is where you can get all the pictures and #DoItForTheGram as they say. There are some great photographers in the group so we were able to get some good shots.
We also went to a pharmacy where I was able to see how Argan oil is made, and I bought ALL of the spices they had! When in Morocco, am I right?! After a day of sightseeing and shopping, we had a great lunch at Nomad. I highly recommend if you are looking for a place to eat in Marrakech.
On Day 3 we had a cooking class at Adouar Marrakech that was so much fun. I even became a Berber for the day! I will be dedicating an entire post just about this experience when I get back home.
As I am writing this, we are on the bus headed for Ouarzazate which is home to film studios where many movies and shows have been filmed. I can’t wait to see what else Morocco has in store for us.