Photo Friday: Marrakech, Morocco

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In the fall of 2007 I was studying abroad in Salamanca, Spain. A group of us decided to head to Marrakech, Morocco for a quick weekend trip. This was one of my first trips I ever made, and let me tell you, it was a real eye opener. The city was chaotic and not being able to communicate in Arabic or French, made it even more so. One of my favorite parts of the weekend was getting to explore the markets, or souks.

We got lost for hours, winding our way through the narrow, unmarked streets, with the occasional loose chicken or sheep running by. I left with tons of purchases including a beautiful silver tea set with bright glasses. Marrakech was filthy, slightly scary, and colorful with an air of general pandemonium; I loved it. I took this Photo Friday amidst one of the many souks. By the time this posts, I will be lost again in another Arab country: Egypt. I can’t wait.

Have you ever been to Morocco or any Middle Eastern country? What were your thoughts about it? Are you a fan of wild markets like me?

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  2. hey, we were there for a long weekend in November, but I took this pic in the touristy part of the souks, so maybe thats why. I have found the people there and in egypt to be so welcoming and friendly. I definitely have been invited for tea and hookah on several different occasions, but mostly when I buy things haha. I hope you get to go back next year! ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. It seems that from your picture there are a lot of tourists in Marrakech. When I was there in 2009 with some friends, I didn’t see another non-Moroccan at all! What time of the year did you go? I’m sure for me it had something to do with being there in the summer, so of course it was a lot hotter.

    Anyway…Marrakech is such an amazing city. While it may be dirty, it hasn’t lost any of its traditional elegance either. I found the people there to be so nice and welcoming, even once a shopkeeper inviting my small group to the back of his shop for tea (which is the best thing in the world…almost). And while there may be more tourists now, I don’t think it’s affecting the local culture much. And I hope it stays that way โ€“ I will be visiting again when I’m in Spain next year! ๐Ÿ™‚

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