If Europe starts to feel a bit too comfortable for your adventurous spirit… and if you are looking for a taste of the exotic just a handful of miles from the European continent, Morocco is the place to visit! A one hour ferry ride across the Straight of Gibraltar… from Tarifa, Spain to Tangier, Morocco… will transport you to another universe.
Learn a few French and Arabic pleasantries and check all your preconceptions about Africa and Islam at the door. Expect sincere and curious smiles wherever you go, but brace yourself for the assertive merchants who will relentlessly attempt to charm you out of your money. Morocco is a multi-sensory delight that will leave you begging for more!
First stop: Tangier…
Saying goodbye to Tarifa, Spain
As the ferry arrived in Tangier, I had no idea where I would sleep that night.
After surviving my arrival in the harbor…
… I scored some Dirhams, the official currency…
Arabic survival phrases, courtesy of Rick Steves (French helps too!)
Exquisite tile work, “built by the inch”
right out of a Humphrey Bogart movie.
Tell Jimmy your home town, he will tell you your area code! No kidding!
Enjoying a mint tea at Cafe de los Navegantes
Hassan, the owner, kief pipe in hand.
Tradesmen waiting for work in the square
Scenes in the souk (market)…
Delicious supper at Le Saveur du Poisson
Please don’t ask how I got myself into this.
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