Disclaimer: This is a really long post. Well Morocco was quite the culture shock, I’ll start with that. It’s crazy how a whole different world is only a 45 minute boat ride across the Strait of Gibraltar, but that’s what Morocco was, a whole different world that we got to live in for a couple days. First of all, we just happened to be there the weekend that a huge Muslim holiday was being celebrated, and seeing as 99.9% of Morocco is Muslim, we definitely got a good feel for how the holiday is celebrated. Basically it is called “Eid al-Adha” or “The Feast of Sacrifice”, in which the Muslims sacrifice a ram because according to history, a prophet named Abraham was going to sacrifice his first born son at God’s command but God intervened and instead killed a ram because of the obedience Abraham showed. Sooooo luckily for us we got to see countless dead and skinned, headless sheep…but of course this is sarcastic. Literally, people were walking through the streets holding bloody ram heads by the horns, not to mention since it was raining the streets were covered in blood and the smell was definitely the worst thing I’ve ever smelled. BUT as gross as this all was, it was really cool to say I have been there to witness it all happened. I am especially excited to tell my Islamic Culture teacher about the whole weekend. I wasn’t sure if I should post the pictures from this whole thing but I am going to so you guys can see just a little part of what I experienced.
This is just a small pile of the bodies from the streets..
Ram horn that was left behind
ANYWAY, let’s move on to other things..the food! The first day we were there we got to go to this little restaurant in a cool part of the city, one of the only places open because of the holiday. We sat at three different circular tables with the chairs only a foot or so off the floor. The whole atmosphere was very beautiful and intricate. Here are pictures of the restaurant and the food!
First the soup, then some meat and egg, and THEN a huge plate of couscous with beef and various vegetables for the table! We also got sweet Moroccan tea and a cookie after this. Also, while we were all eating and talking there were two men on the couches behind us playing some cool music!
So after lunch, our tour guide took us to a really cool shop with a bunch of different little knick knacks and things. I ended up getting a couple little things here! This was basically the end of our day in Tangier.
That night we had dinner in our hotel and then just played cards and went to sleep. We were all really exhausted from all the traveling and we had to wake up early that next morning to head to Tetouan, a mountain town two hours away from Tangier. Here we met the cutest little old man to show us around the city.
After lunch at a hotel in Tetouan, we went to a couple more shops that were selling blankets, scarves, and many more handmade things. Everything was very beautiful!
Later this night we went to a dinner inside a big tent type thing where they put on a show for us as we were eating! It was so awesome! They had a magician, a belly dancer, some balancing artists, and more! They even brought our friend Tyler up on stage to try and belly dance, which is easily one of the funniest things I have ever seen. The left one is a repeat from above but the other three were from the tent show!
The next day we were up early again to head out to Asilah, where we got to ride the camals! This was one of the things I was most excited for! They are a lot bigger in real life that I was expecting so that was pretty intimidating but still awesome!
I should first explain my pants. In Spain and then in Morocco they have these weird pants that are super thin and comfortable and come in all sorts of crazy designs, so I bought these in Morocco for 6 euro! Anyway, here are some awesome camal pictures!
Overall, the trip was so culturally eye-opening which is why I originally wanted to go on it. I know there probably won’t be another chance for me to experience something like this so I am so glad that I did. Hope you guys enjoy!