Until we meet again
12.05.2014 - 13.05.2014 9 °C
Well we made it back to Canada. We left another 7 people at the airport in Frankfurt as they were going to extend their stay in Europe by a few days or a few weeks. Have heard from most saying they had arrived at their destinations.
This time, everyone’s' luggage arrived with them. It figures. When you don't need it, it shows up!! I think everyone was happy to be home and finally get to sleep in their own beds again.
This trip was amazing and from the beginning we called it "Amazing Morocco". It truly was. The tour itself was well put together and the local tour company did everything possible to make this a trip of a lifetime. Our tour guide, Redouane was patient and very helpful. Any request we had he made sure was completed. Our driver Adil was incredible, especially through the winding roads of the Tiz In Tichka Pass. The hotels were all comfortable and clean and the breakfasts were always satisfying. Dinners were in different hotels or restaurants and we always left full.
We wanted to pass on some of the things we learned about Morocco to anyone thinking of going to this wonderful country in the future.
The country of Morocco lies between the Mediterranean Sea (to the North); the Atlantic Ocean (to the West); the Atlas Mountains and Algeria (in the East) and the Western Sahara (in the South)
The political system in Morocco is very stable
The weather is always warm but can reach 115oF in the high season (summer)
The food is incredible. No hot spices are used, just great seasonings and salt and pepper
The dress code is very much like home. No short-shorts or midriffs showing for the girls but sleeveless tops were not a problem. We found that if you dressed respectfully there were no problems
ALWAYS take a change of clothes in your hand carry as you never know if your luggage will make it or not
Always have small change ready for tips. Everyone gets a tip in Morocco. 5 – 10 Durham is enough for the wait staff at a restaurant
Always ask first if you can take someone’s photo. If they say no, just say thank you and move along
The people understand French as well as some English. This is a great place to practice your high school French. They also understand Spanish. Arabic and Berber are the national languages
Wi-Fi is not always available. Many restaurants we were in did have it
Getting cash from the bank machines was not easy. You can only take out so much at a time and many ATMs only accepted Credit Cards not Debit cards
If you plan on climbing the sand dunes in the desert, do it barefoot, it is much easier
Try the camel meat. We were told it tastes like beef
Be prepared to bargain. The street sellers will continue to follow you until you say yes but don’t pay what they started with. If you last long enough, you can get a great deal
Watch out for the Henna tattoo women. They will grab your arm and just start applying Henna. Be very firm that you do not want it. Unless of course you do
When you have your picture taken with camels, monkeys, horses or other people in the market, they will expect a tip
Don’t give money to the begging children. Most of them do not need it
I hope you have enjoyed our tour of Morocco. I know we did. It is one country I would love to go back to and spend time going to the south.