Hamdullah

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


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Sunday, October 10, 2010

    The next morning adam and i arose to the smell of mint tea and moroccan pancakes! we had a long day of driving ahead of us. We met up with the rest of the group and boarded the bus for a three-hour drive through northern Morocco.  We stopped in a mountain village called Ouazzane where we picked up Abou, our translator.  We drove into the mountains as far a we could go and then hiked down the side of one and up another until we finally reached the tiny farming village of Souk al-Had.  The literal translation of the village's name is "Sunday market," meaning that the village members meet on Sunday to exchange crops.

When we arrived in the village, there was a little family waiting for us. Though the family had nothing, they had prepared for us a huge meal of couscous and chicken (which had just been killed in front of their house). The food was amazing. We sat and chatted with the family about what it is like to live in the mountains of Morocco. The grandmother had lived there her entire life and had never lefted the small village. It made us realize how lucky we all are for this experience. After our cookies and tea we hiked back to the bus in the rain and got all muddy...though we were all dirty, nothing could take away our good moods!

We met up with Hussein, our bus driver, and took off for Chefchaouen.  The city was gorgeous. It reminded us of Santorini island with all the blue and white houses and streets. Trying to avoid the winter rain, we quickly checked into our hostel and made plans to see the city.  Adam, Sarah, and I spent hours shopping and chatting with people in Chefchaouen. We bought a bunch of clothes, scarves, and trinkets. Adam and I also purchased paintings from an awesome aritist we meet in a back alley study. He gave us tea, whiskey and a great deal on the paintings because we brought him good luck and 5 more clients. We also bought a bunch of spices and teas which are still stinking up my room and clothes here in spain.

Next we meet our group for dinner at a Moroccan restaurant.  After dinner, the group had some reflection time with Colleen on the rooftop terrace of our hostel.  We shared our favorite experiences and things we learned from the trip.  We spent the rest of the night sharing stories and getting to know each other under huge blankets in the hostel's lounge. Tomorrow would be our last day in Morocco.



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