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The Magic of Marrakech

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by Loni Joy (subscribe)
Love travelling n writing...
Published February 2nd 2014
Morocco - a land of colourful wonder
Travelling forces us out of our comfort zones especially when we go to countries that are very different from our own. It's also an adventure to embark on such a journey, one that pushes us beyond what we are used to and changes us in ways we don't always fully realise until some time later.

The magical land of Morocco

Marrakech, the fourth largest city in Morocco is situated in the mid south west. After reading copious travelling reviews and having various discussions with people I was somewhat reluctant to visit Marrakech. I thought it would be noisy, over crowded, rough and unsafe. Instead I have found it to be well structured, (the airport being extremely modern), no noisier than many cities and very safe even when I'm wandering alone in the evening.
Colourful Pots
Hand made pots, mugs, ashtrays...

During the day Jemaa el Fna is a web of market stalls, alley ways and souks where you can buy just about anything. At night the square is transformed into an instant market place of restaurants and stalls with a large array of meals from escargoes to the famous spicy traditional tangines. One can choose from meat, chicken, prawn, fish or vegetable. I can see why Moroccan food is so popular. How do they combine their spices to make a dish like this? It is a taste sensation like no other.

Famous aromatic moroccan tangine
Slow cooked chicken with dried fruits

Marrakech is alive and vibrant. There are many touts vying for your attention (and money) but it's all part of the game here. Don't get annoyed with them they're just trying to make a living. Instead, embrace the challenge and relax. It's what life's all about isn't it? Moving beyond our comfort zones and challenging ourselves to experience another side of life and by immersing oneself in a different culture - you never know what you'll gain in return.

Next stop?

Taghazout - a little surfing village on the south west of Morocco. After experiencing Marrakech one needs some down time to chill out and plan the next part of the journey, for now, it's time to catch a bus to Agidir and a taxi to Taghazout.
South west morocco
ahh, the beach....
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