I’ve been traveling through Morocco, North Africa, for the last two weeks.
It’s been a fascinating trip and has reminded me of the importance I place on travel. Ultimately it has reiterated for me the large influence that experiencing new cultures has had on the shaping of me as a person. I truly believe that we should all strive to get out of our comfort zone more often.
Something quite striking for me on this particular trip has been the immersion into what is essentially a melting pot of different cultures from around the world, all now living in peace in one country. Many Portugese, Spanish, French, Indigenous Moroccan, Jewish & Arabs all call this place home, and yet live in a very stable and cohesive relationship with one another.
After visiting some impressive mosques and learning about Islam, the main religion in Morocco, we headed into the hills into an incredible blue city called Chefchaouen.
Amongst the labyrinth streets of happy humans, orange trees & organic goats cheese (omg), surprisingly, I found that the entire city is fed by natural, highly mineralised spring water! Check out the videos below.
We were able to spend a few days in this gorgeous blue city before moving on to other locations in the ever-changing landscape of Morocco. We visited many old forts, Game Of Thrones sets and a whole bunch more, but certainly another highlight for me was visiting an indigenous family (a Berber family) who, not dissimilar to The San people who starred in The Gut Movie, were incredibly happy amongst even the most challenging circumstances.
Notice the striking differences in the landscape amongst just these few videos. This phenomenon, the rapidly shifting vistas of snowy mountains to stunning oasis to lush green hillsides and all the way to The Sahara (see video below) has been one of the most captivating things about this country. On that note, I must say, adorning traditional Moroccan dress, riding a camel ride into the midst of The Sahara to spend the night under the bright stars listening to locals drumming and singing wasn’t on my bucketlist, but it should have been.
Overall it’s been an unforgettable experience, and I haven’t even surfed yet (that’s saying something!).
The local food has been terrific for the most part, yet challenging to the nutritional paradigm I prefer to follow at home. Largely consisting of freshly baked breads, very sweet teas and some vegetables and meat, I do find my energy levels slowing down a bit. But that’s okay. I am happy to compromise on diet in order to get the fullest experience of the Moroccan way of life. Realistically, all this seems to do is reinforce the decisions I commit to at home in Australia in order to ensure my ongoing vitality.
I do take probiotics every single day, and some protective supplements just to look after myself whilst on the move picking up new microbes (some not so ideal) at each meal!
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PS: How cool is this Moroccan mansion?