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Calm to Chaos in Morocco-Part One

The Grand Socco in the Moroccan port city of Tangier

PART ONE-CALM

When Skott and I were preparing for Morocco, we expected much more chaos and sensory overload than we had experienced during the European leg of our travels. We were ready for anything when we got off the plane in Tangier…but the airport was eerily quiet.

We grabbed our bags and made arrangements with a couple of French backpackers to share a cab to the Medina (the centre of the Moroccan part of the city…most Moroccan cities have a French part, the “Ville Nouvelle” and a Moroccan part).

I thought for sure we would be met with chaos and confusion outside of the airport, similar to my experience in Ghana, but to our surprise, it was also very quiet and organized. No one grabbed for our bags or tried to usher us to a cab, instead the “Grand Taxi” drivers just waited nonchalantly for us to approach.

Upon entering the Medina of Tangier, we found a nice little Pension for a great price and had the rest of the evening to enjoy our first Moroccan meal and do a little exploring.

In our guidebook Tangier was described as a bit of a “seedy” port city, but we had a great experience. Our first tagine and couscous meal, enjoyed at the Grand Central Cafe was outstanding and our stroll through the Medina was casual and relaxed.

These yellow melons are everywhere in Morocco-they taste a bit like honey dew.

My favourite thing about Tangier was reading about the city’s eccentric history. I loved imagining what it would have been like in the 50′s when it was an international hub with loads of writers and Beats calling the place home. Apparently Malcolm Forbes himself (as in Forbes Magazine) held his 70th birthday party here in 1989. He spent an estimated 2.5 million hosting all the biggest names around the world, including Elizabeth Taylor and Barbra Walters at a Palace that he owned in Tangier for nearly 20 years…now that’s how I want to celebrate my next b-day! Oh the life of the rich & famous!

http://theagrarian.wordpress.com/2011/07/05/behind-the-scents-moroccan-influences/

Stay tuned for Part Two….you guessed it…the chaos begins!!

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2 Responses to “Calm to Chaos in Morocco-Part One”

  1. Angela September 22, 2011 at 5:53 pm #

    Beautiful places, I love couscous from the bottom of my heart!
    Angela recently posted..Sardinia, land of mystery. Part 2: Atlantis’ lost civilization?

    • Shawna September 22, 2011 at 7:59 pm #

      Couscous is great isn’t it. I was so pumped to find pumpkin in mine that I bought one today to try to cook myself. Cheers!!

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