Trip Start Jun 10, 2012
90Trip End Aug 17, 2013
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It is an interesting thing to take the ferry fron Spain to Morocco. Here's how it goes: the Atlantic Ocean is on your right, the Mediterranean Sea is on your left, behind you is Europe, and in front of you is Africa. The ferry ride was 45 minutes long and Soph met some girls her age. Afterwards we did our tour, which I can't say I liked very much. They first took us to a camel riding place. The camels looked exhausted and I could tell they were probably abused to obey commands. I rode a camel but it ended up being no longer than 20 seconds. Then we walked over to a little square where there was a snake charmer. At first I was excited about this, because I always picture Morocco with the snake charmers playing creepy music and people riding camels around the streets
We went to lunch at a cool restaurant with decorated walls and cushions to sit on. I tried Moroccan tea, which is like mint tea loaded with sugar. When the other people tried the meat, they said it wasn't cooked
The last parts of our tour were going to an herbal place and a carpet demonstration. At the herbal place, they showed us many natural Moroccan products and tried to sell them to us. Since we were in Morocco, I decided to get some Moroccan oil. I always hear at home about how it is the best thing for your hair. I thought it was supposed to be dark but the thing I got was light colored. There was another person who wanted to get some also, and since the people were doing a buy two-get one free deal, we each got one and he gave me the third. Soph and I also got a thing of "perfume." Usually perfume has alcohol in it to make it wet, but this was dry perfume. They're like little cubes that you just rub on your wrists. They were made of sandalwood and some other things, and smelled really sweet and good.
When we walked back towards the ferry, tons of aggressive people were pushing for us to buy stuff. I knew how to handle it because I had been to other countries like that (though none were as bad as Morocco) but I could tell some people were getting really stressed. One guy came up to us saying "your boat is over there," in a way like he expected a tip for telling us that obvious information. When we finally got back to our hotel it was late at night.
I think most of the aggressive people gathered around the areas where tours go. We witnessed an almost-happening fist fight between a tourist and a local. My guess is that the local forced themselves to be the tourist's guide, then the tourist wouldn't pay when they demanded money. I didn't have a very great experience in Morocco, but I hope that other people who visit will.