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  • Day15

    Tanger in Morocco

    July 12 in Morocco

    From the time we stepped off the boat Sam and I fell victim to the Morocco con. We didn’t know it, but as soon as we stepped into a taxi at the port we were being set up for the evening.

    The taxi driver tried first to charge us too much so we were proud we put our foot down and bargained him down to 20 euros. But he couldn’t speak English well so he organised his English speaking friend to meet us near the hotel to assist us. He took us on a circuitous route to our hotel and provided us with a friend to show us the sights of Tangier (you can see where this is going).

    His friend took us to some sights and then to a rug factory and then to a spice and perfume factory. Yes, I bought a rug much to Sam’s chagrin. But I only paid $80 euro for it so you can see they weren’t overjoyed with our price. Nevertheless it was Sam who first lost his patience with them. After I bought the rug and then we were being shown the spices and perfumes Sam proclaimed very loudly that he had had enough and we were not buying anything.

    Mohammed our guide them took us to his friends special restaurant for dinner. It was traditional Moroccan food which I enjoyed but Sam just knew we were being conned.

    After dinner our guide returned us to our hotel and then demanded 20 euro each for his time. I paid him 5 for each of us and said goodnight. Sam couldn’t believe I paid him anything.

    Sam was most indignant about the whole proceeding and is looking forward to getting out of Morocco and back to Spain. I just see the sport in it. I have been through this many times - in Egypt, in Turkey, in parts of Europe, in Bangkok and now Morocco. It is all part of the sport the tourism game leads to. I actually think we did okay today. Sam just felt we were pawns in their game and that made him very agitated.

    I love Morocco. The sounds, colours, smells, sights are so different to Spain. Or anywhere I have been for that matter. It is certainly a third world country, but if you are keen to get a bit off the beaten track, it is fantastic. Quite beautiful. I don’t think Sam will hurry back, but I could spend more time here for sure. Just don’t expect the refined tourist experience that is usual in Europe.

    We are staying in a hotel in the Medina (old city of Tanger) where the market is located. The souk. It is very characteristic of old Morocco. Most of the buildings are 800 years old and the fortress is over 1000 years old. An amazing place.
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  • Day15

    More about Tangier

    July 12 in Morocco

    Tangier overlooks the Straight of Gibraltar. It is where the Atlantic and the Mediterranean meet. The city has a long history of many cultures. Many of the signs are in French, Arabic and Berber. Berber is the language of the nomadic people that have been resident in this area of Northern Africa for centuries. The design of the rug I bought (for a very good price) is Berber (or at least that is what they said, I wouldn’t really know).

    The dinner we had included Tagines of chicken and lamb, couscous, Moroccon pasties, soup, Moroccan bread, mint tea and cookies. Very tasty. Sam was agitated the whole meal knowing we were being ripped off. I was enjoying my Tagline and couscous.
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  • Day4

    Day 4: 30°51'50" N 8°20'55" W

    April 1, 2016 in Morocco

    After a whole Day on the bike I arrived in Tafingoult late afternoon. From there my route goes right back in the heart of the Atlas Mountains. Again I was in time delay. In front of me where 2000 meter of elevation to cycle. I started cycling and fortunately a truck stopped by and took me up the mountain.

  • Day1

    Day 1: 30°36'11" N 9°32'40" W

    March 29, 2016 in Morocco

    After one week of surfing, today I started the bike journey through the Atlas Mountains of Morocco. It is the last preparation before my big journey to Nepal (www.cyclingfornepal.com), which I start on the 20th of August, 2016.
    In six days I need to be in Marrakesh which is the destination of my adventure and than take a bus back to Agadir, wherer my flight will leave the next morning. But before I talk about the end of the trip, let's start with the first day.
    It was a great one. Spectacular landscape and that was only the beginning. What niggles me was the very long uphill I had to achieve. But the reward was an awesome view and a great descent. I'm curious on what the next days will bring.
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  • Day2

    Day 2: 30°35'54" N 9°25'35" W

    March 30, 2016 in Morocco

    When I came to this spot, I was cycling uphill for over 4 hours and I wasn't even on top of the mountain pass. For my next trip I will definitly look for maps with better altitude indication.
    It was already late afternoon so I put up my tent and enjoyed the nice sunset. Because of the long uphills, I'm in time delay. So I have change the route to make up some kilometers. But first I need to get over that pass tomorrow.Read more

  • Day5

    Day 5: 31°14'26" N 7°59'10" W

    April 2, 2016 in Morocco

    Last night, I stayed on top of the mountain in a small accomodation. From there was it an epic descent towards the highest mountain in North Africa "Jbel Toubkal". I rode through many small villages with very friendly people. It was almost a perfect day, but it got overshadowed by children which threw stones at me. Fortunately I didn't get hit. I can't understand what is going on in their heads. In the evening I arrived in Asni, a small city close to the Toubkal. I got invited by a very friendly man to dinner at his house. His family was there and it was a nice impression how a moroccan family lives.Read more

  • Day63

    Marrakech

    November 4, 2016 in Morocco

    It was exciting to change this trip's momentum by visiting Marrakesh. Being so close to Europe we knew we needed to make time to visit Morocco and step foot in Africa for the first time!

    We didn't really know what to expect and what we discovered was a city flooded with lights, noise, people and craziness that can only be understood if experienced. The Medina which is at the heart of the city is where you'll find tiny streets with local shops selling everything from traditional goods to knock off brand names. It was a bit intimidating walking through the Medina as you had to weave out of the way of scooters, bicycles, and locals trying to grab your attention to come into their stores and restaurants. We quickly realized we had to be very alert at all times and walk with confidence to avoid looking like a "tourist". Oh and good luck finding a map of the tiny streets since it doesn't seem to exist, which led to plenty of wandering in the never ending maze.

    The main square was also an interesting experience and basically a huge carnival. No matter what time you visited it, there were people everywhere, mostly poorer locals trying to make money in any way they could including snake charmers, men with monkeys on leashes, traditional dancers, acrobatic acts and much more!

    We embraced this cultural immersion and got a chance to see how this predominantly Muslim country had been influenced by religion in their daily life.
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  • Day3

    Day 3: 30°28'19" N 8°52'14" W

    March 31, 2016 in Morocco

    After I got over the pass this morning I had an awesome descent. When I arrived in the valley, I decided to cycle to Taroudant. It is a bigger City. Right now I'm in Taroudant sitting in a cafe, drinking tea and writing this text.

  • Day68

    Agadir

    November 9, 2016 in Morocco

    Well who knew Morocco had a pretty coast?! We made our way to Agadir which was 3 hours from Marrakech to spend a night. In reality it was to be able to catch our flight out of the country but it ended up being a refreshing break from the busy main city.

    Although we didn't have much time there, we watched the sunset on the beach which we both agreed was one of the prettiest we'd ever seen and then afterwards we enjoyed a nice dinner for our farewell to Morocco.Read more

  • Day66

    Sahara Desert

    November 7, 2016 in Morocco

    After 2 days of traveling in a 17 passenger bus with a few scenic stops along the way we reached the Sahara Desert! Quickly the silence and beauty of the desert justified the 2 day bus ride.

    We rode camels for an hour and a half as the sun was setting through the rolling dunes of the desert. The views were never ending and the vastness of the desert was humbling and tranquil.

    It was dark by the time we arrived to our camp site and of all things that could possibly happen-it started raining! I mean pouring actually which caught even our local guides by surprise. The rain did put a damper on the experience but it also made it cozier as we enjoyed a communal dinner and shared stories with fellow travelers in our tents.

    The next morning we were awoken at 4:30am to our saturated tent dripping from the corners but thankfully we didn't get wet! The wakeup call was 6am and shortly after we were on our camels with the sun slowly rising as we took in a new landscape full of the most amazing orange color ever! Since it rained heavily, the sand was compacted and still which created untouched dunes perfect for picture taking!

    Once we got off the surprisingly comfortable camels we had a quick breakfast and got back in the van for the journey back to Marrakech. This was the longest day because we had to drive 12 hours back but it was ok because we met some great people on the tour that we had spent the last 3 days with and became friends learning about different countries and cultures.
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You might also know this place by the following names:

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