Back to Europe: a Spanish Province in Africa

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


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Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The last day, our group of 15 students and Colleen headed back up the mountain away from Chefchaouen and had breakfast outside overlooking the city.  We packed up our things and boarded the bus one final time before ending just outside Cueta.  Cueta is a Spanish teritory in Morocco and is the source of a lot of debate between the two countries.  It is the border with the biggest GDP difference in the world.  The group waited forever in the passport stamping line, but finally we were able to cross the African/European border on foot. The point of walking across the boarder was so that we could see how it feels to be a refugee, as many refugees try to cross this border everyday.  As soon as we crossed, the entire mood changed.  It was like someone had picked us up and dropped us in the middle of Madrid.  We couldn't believe how Spanish the city felt, even though it was still on the African continent. 

A short ferry ride across the Strait of Gibraltar, nine more hours in a bus, and several episodes of sarah vomiting later, we were back in Madrid and exhausted, but overwhelmingly grateful for such an awesome experience! 

So glad I got to experience these things with 15 amazing people and 2 of my best friends! Love you Sarah and Adam!
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