Moroccan Birthday

As I write this I am in my bedroom in Maine, first morning home! Last time I wrote was back in Tangier. We met a fantastic group of people at our hostel there who celebrated my birthday with us. We went out to another interesting but fun Moroccan club and on Sunday we made a delicious dinner of mac n cheese to eat on the hostel roof. Then my new Australian friend Josh who is the nicest surprised me with a cake he whipped together in the hostel kitchen! People are just super awesome, it was a great birthday spent on the beach in the amazing city of Tangier πŸ™‚

After Tangier we went to a close by beach town called Assilah where we were able to swim and hang out for a while. We had some hitchhiking and other adventures there. It was sort of a crazy little town but very pretty. After Assilah we took a train to Rabat. We had heard it was a boring city but we thought we should see the capitol anyways. It turned out to be a really nice city and I sort of wish we had had more time there. We couch surfed with two super sweet German girls living in a great apartment in the old part of the city by the water. We did some shopping there and exploring then headed back to Casablanca.

In Casa we stayed at our friend Simo’s house again. It was super good to see him and all his friends again. It was a great way to end the trip. We went out with them to a bar in the nice waterfront area of the city and even heard a bit of live music our last night. Our flights were smooth and we had another one night layover in Istanbul, Turkey. We didn’t do much this time we were there but I certainly want to go back to Turkey some day.

Now I am happily back on Peaks Island for the rest of the summer but ill miss Morocco, what a fabulous place. Ill keep you posted with coming adventures, xoxoMaxxSienna

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Gateway to the Mediterranean

We have reached the water again! Fallon and I are both water people, so we were really excited to get to Tangier today and see the massive beautiful blue Strait of Gibraltar. Last I wrote we were off to Chefchaouen, the blue city. Chefchaouen was great, a small mountain town that we wandered for ages. We also spend a great deal of time there either eating or reading on the rooftop of our hostel. I took a million pictures because everything really is blue, its beautiful and so unique. Like other Moroccan cities there are so many antique stores with metal jewelry, boxes, teapots, etc. very enticing. We also tried out a traditional Hammam bathhouse were Moroccans go to bathe. An older woman scrubs your dead skin off and washes you with oils and then warm water. It’s an odd experience but was not to be missed.

The bus today was short and as usual I really enjoyed watching the towns and countryside go past. Our hostel here in Tangier seems nice. I am excited to be here this weekend to celebrate my birthday! The ocean looks fantastic and we are happy to be here. Besos!

Fez Fes?

So we made it to the desert and stayed in a crazy little remote place just outside the town of Merzouga. They had a pool and Fallon and I were basically the only people there. We lounged by the pool, ate Moroccan food, and talked with the people working there. It was really nice. The desert stars were amazing and we did a sunset camel ride. Our guide’s name was Mohamed of course and we learned the camels don’t have names because they eat them.. After we left the Sahara, unfortunately Fallon got quite sick on the bus to Fez. We ended up getting off of the bus and staying in the Meknes hospital for a little while. Basically we have now had our very own Moroccan hospital experience, not something I would want to repeat, but we were treated extremely well which was awesome and Fallon is all better now. The Moroccan doctors mostly spoke no English what so ever but somehow we found our way. Some reallyΒ  sweet nurses took me to the grocery store and checked on us throughout our stay. Really kind people. We also got to see a bit of the city of Meknes which wasn’t planned but was a surprisingly lovely city!

Finally yesterday we made it to Fez and I am so happy to be here, the city is huge and old and beautiful. Our hostel is great and we have met some cool people here. Today we spend hours wandering the Medina and we got to also see a tannery which the city is famous for. They smell a lot, but it was definitely worth seeing! The Medina has everything and is much lest touristy than Marrakech. This city is excellent.

On another note, we think the Irish actor who plays Joffrey in Game of Thrones is sleeping in our hostel dorm room with his friends…we have chatted with him a bit but still haven’t asked to be certain but we definitely think so, so thats cool :p They seem nice and he has the same name as the actor so yeah haha

Okay well we are doing great and in the next little while we will head to our next stop Chefchaoen! Until then besos MaxxSienna

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