July 14, 2014

One of my very favorite parts of this trip was when some of us took a ferry over to Morocco for a day! We had a quality tour guide show us all around Tangier. You know he was a quality tour guide because he told us he was. He was quality and everything he showed us was quality. He was a little goofy, but he definitely knew his way around the city. He also knew about half the people in the city, he has lots of connections at restaurants and different shops. He was a total ham when it came to pictures, too. Look at him down in that second one! Posin'.

^^^ SO windy on top of the ferry. We only stayed up there a few minutes.

First he drove us up above the city to see all the huge homes of some very wealthy Moroccans and get a great view of the water. Up there we also saw the lighthouse that sits on the land right above where the Mediterranean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean. 

First of all, Moroccans do their doors right. (Actually so do Europeans, now that I think of it. So many great doors on this trip!) We took pictures of tons of beautiful doors leading into otherwise seemingly normal homes. The hard part is that the streets in Tangier were as narrow as it gets, so usually we couldn't back up far enough to get the full door in a picture. But then sometimes, we could!:

^^^ How do they even do that? Actually I don't want to know.

^^^ Mint tea time and we were told this was the correct way to pour it. 

^^^ The most delicious bread. We bought.. a lot. And ate it.. fast.

^^^ Really cute picture of me to help show the view from on top of the massive rug shop.

^^^ Stefan's dad bought a rug so our tour guide said we could have a small one for free. Score, BOGO! Except the owner of the rug shop wasn't happy about that. They were definitely arguing in Arabic. I didn't feel so bad though because we took the first one he offered, meaning it was probably the cheapest. I don't care, it's adorable! *Picture taken in my kitchen, not Morocco.

^^^ "Not planned."

^^^ Just about the only picture from the market I dare post. So much raw meat.. So many live fish..

A day in Tangier would have been a lot harder without a tour guide. He knew just where to take us and where to avoid taking us. He walked everywhere with a purpose so no one ever tried too hard to stop us and sell some of their who knows what. Don't get me wrong, plenty of street vendors tried to get us to stop. And when we did enter a shop there was always lots of pressuring, shmoozing, and.. negotiating prices. But as we walked the streets, no one tried to grab one of us girls and no one stole the camera from around my neck - my two biggest fears.

^^^ Seven year old left our table to go casually chat it up with the tour guide at the end of a long day.

Every bit of Morocco was incredible, but I think most of us agreed the best part was when a little boy kicked a dead rat at Nathan's feet as we walked by. I'm just glad it wasn't me.


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Not cool.

The Van De Graaffs said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Are you kidding nathan?! Kicking a dead rat at you is really cool! ;) so sad I had to miss this day!

Lesa Emmett said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

This looks awesome! So colorful! I want to go watch the Jason Bourne movie again and see if I recognize anything. :)

Nathan said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Okay maybe it was funny. After rereading the blog post I can now laugh at it :-)

Stefan Van De Graaff said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

Hahaha that will be a bright memory for the rest of my life...that dead rat.

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