After two lovely months spent in Chefchaouen, I decided after Thanksgiving that it was time to move on and see the rest of Morocco.
Daniel didn’t want to leave yet (he says, “I don’t need to see the rest of Morocco – Chefchaouen is the best city. I know already,”) so I left him to keep working at the hostel and saving money while I explore the rest of the country. We will reunite in about a month to fly to our next destination – probably Senegal – and continue the trip.
We became friends with a young Australian woman who was also working at the hostel, and she was heading in the same direction as me, so we are traveling together for now. Though we are both independent women (she traveled India and Nepal solo), it’s nice to have a partner when traveling in Morocco, and we’re having a lot of fun together.
We spent a couple of days in the large city of Fes, known as the intellectual capital of Morocco. Fun fact: it is home to the world’s oldest university, University Al Quaraouiyine, which still operates today.
Fes was energizing after being in a small town for so long. I liked its energy and its beautiful architecture.
The medina, or old city, in Fes is old architecture, small alleyways, beige colored buildings and walls with traditional markets, or souks, sprinkled throughout. It is notoriously hard to navigate, with small streets that frequently culminate in dead ends if you get off of the beaten track. We did get lost a few times, but what is getting lost when your only goal is to explore a city? Fes also has a very modern part to the city, featuring a massive supermarket and shopping mall that could easily be an American mall.
And now we are in Merzouga, a small desert town in eastern Morocco at the edge of the Sahara.
It is breathtaking and one of the most incredible places I have ever been. I will write more and upload some photos soon, but I am absolutely loving it here. Feeling so fortunate to be able to experience such a phenomenal place. Wow, wow, wow!