Camels on the Beach and the Medina

Trip Start Aug 28, 2010
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Trip End Jan 10, 2011


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Saturday, October 9, 2010

The drive to Asilah from Tanger was a rainy one..but none of us cared because we knew were about to get to ride camels!! The ride wasn't to bad because the entire thing was along the west coast of Africa and we could watch the waves crashing on the beach. 
Finally, after about 2 hours of driving, we came to a stop on the beach and we saw 20 or so camels and their 5 babies standing in the sand! They were the cutest things ever. We all piled out of the bus and rushed to the beach. The camels were kind of scary at first, but once we started feeding them grass they got more friendly. The camel man took 6 of us with him (Adam and I included) and walked us down close to the water. He grabbed some camels and got them to sit down. The hardest part about riding a camel, is staying on while they are standing up and sitting down. You are pretty much at an 60 degree angle during both. 
I was the first one to get on a camel. It was real scary but super fun at the same time. Once we were all up on camels and Adam's camel stopped trying to eat my leg, we got to ride the camels around the beach. I proceeded to take numerous pictures pretending to be Jesus Christ (yes I know he rode a donkey). It was one of the coolest experiences of my life...riding a camel on the beach of the west coast of Africa. The only downfall was that because of the rain and the camels being kinda wet, we couldn't go for as long of a ride as anticipated. It was ok though, I just got off and continued to play with the babies and feed them and watch them "camel" around with each other. They were amazing.
After the camels, we boarded the bus and headed for the Medina of Asilah. Medinas are the old-walled-in parts of Arabic cities. This is were the Mosque generally is and where there are many houses. As we walked around the Medina, we got to see many cool house all painted white and blue. We also walked out onto the pier and saw HUGEEE waves crashing against the sea wall. Its also funny, because in Asilah, I think we were offered drugs about 100 times. The hash in Morocco is apparently the best in the world...I wouldnt know however. After our tour of the city, we headed out of the Medina and got some coffee at a little cafe. The coffee and tea in Morocco are actually extreeeeeemly good. I had it everyday. We then proceeded to get on the bus and head to our next destination....RABAT!!
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