The blue city

Rooftop balconies seem to be a theme here in Morocco, and I love it.

Tonight, as I write this, I am sitting on a rooftop at our new hostel in the mountain town of Chefchaouen, Morocco. This town is nestled right into the base of two small mountains and from where I sit, I can see layers of blue and white buildings climbing up the hillside and the silhouettes of the two mountains behind them. And the moon just floated up so a dome of light is peeking out from behind the mountain, which is gorgeous. Dotting the landscape of rooftops are the minarets that extend from each mosque in town, which are lit up against the dark backdrop of the mountains. Five times each day, the call to prayer echoes out from these minarets, a sound that I find beautiful, even if other people in the hostel are annoyed that one of those times is about 4:30am, which tends to disrupt sleep.

This city is known for its blue buildings, which are so beautiful that it’s hard not to take a million pictures while walking around.

Here are a select few:

Lots of stairways here

A blue mosque on the mountain

Beauty down every alleyway

The view from our lunch spot yesterday

Daniel and I both really like this city and we decided to stay here for a few weeks. Our hostel was in need of a couple of volunteers, so we signed up to work a few hours a day at their reception desk in exchange for free accommodations, which includes a place to sleep, free breakfast, and free laundry. So we are now spending significantly less money – only about $5 a day on food, which will make our funds last a lot longer.

I’m still absorbing this place and will write some more once I have a better handle on it, but for now, I will leave you with a recommendation to check out my brother’s post – a cute photo project about the cats that are all over this city. (And please know that it’s not easy to upload pictures here due to the slow internet, so the fact that he got 16 uploaded deserves a round of applause.) Here is the link: https://thisisyouth.org/2017/10/04/the-cats-of-chefchaoen-morocco/

Thanks for reading!

~CMK

4 thoughts on “The blue city

  1. Love the blue, Christina. And the photo of YOU. Sounds neat that you and Daniel are earning your way at the hostel and saving money.

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