~ Chefchaouen , The blue pearl ~
Traveling in Morocco was a different experience in so many ways.
When we first arrived with the ferry to Tangier we realised that it was 45 min in to the city, were we had to pick up the rented car.
the easiest and fastest option would be to catch a cab in to Tanger.
The taxi ride was an crazy experience, the driver was driving so fast and jumping the traffic in a way that made us pray to get to Tanger safe.
Once we got our car and were ready to start our road trip up to Chefchaouen, we had to drive out from Tangier in a mad traffic. It was cars, donkeys, bikes, people , yeah everything on the road, even a little boy knocked on our window when we were standing in middle of a busy street surrounded of cars. We got green light and drove about 200 m before the traffic stopped again and the little boy turned up on the other side of our car, we gave him couple coins and he smiled and ran off. Don't ask me how he didn't get hit by a car. They don't seems to have any rules when you drive there.
"Didn't feel better that I later read that Morocco has the highest accident rate in the world.
Maybe it was a stupid decision to hire a car?. But now it was to late, and after all we were happy that we had a car and could be flexible with our plans".
~ Chefchaouen ( Also called the blue pearl ) is one of the most beautiful places I have ever been to. It's a must place to visit if you are thinking to travel to Morocco. Everything is painted in Blue colours with the mountains in the background.
If you don't like Cats , Morocco is not the right place for you. They are everywhere, even around the restaurants and on the table while you eat. Especially in Chefchaouen.
It's very easy to get lost when you are strolling around the souks ( the markets) as everything pretty much looks the same and the streets are narrow and turning right and left everywhere.
We learned very quick not to take any help from strangers that comes up to you and want to help you with a direction or show you their shop. If you go to their shop they will do everything to talk you into buying something and if they help you with a direction or guide you somewhere they expect something of you. Couple of coins or 4 -5 dollar is not enough.
Typical narrow streets in the medina.
This is the Square in Chefchaouen. Here can you found different restaurants to eat in. Most of the places serve similar food. The typical Moroccan Cuisine is Tagine, slow cooked veggies and your choice of meat or fish. The name comes from the Clay cooking pot with a conical lid, It's always served with bread, Couscous is another dish you will found in every restaurant in Morocco.
I have so much to write about Morocco that I will write couple of different blog posts,
Stay tunned for more about Morocco,
Mule ride in the Mountains and Camel ride.
Couch surfing experience with a Moroccan who is a non-believing Muslim in a Muslim country.
Shopping in Morocco, everything from Argan oil to leather bags.
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//Gina Johansen xx