Morocco! Marrakech! Hello! Finally! After years and years and years of dreaming of visiting this magical country, I finally made it! The second Giray and I arrived at the airport in Marrakech we knew this was going to be quite an experience as Giray and I don't speak French or Arabic and many people there don't speak English. We've travelled quite a bit but never to a country where neither one spoke nor understood the language. I was excited about this because I knew it'd put us out of our comfort zone and force us to learn a little French/Arabic.
On the way to our hotel from the airport we saw the streets flooded with people, even entire families, on zippy little vespas and mopeds enjoying the night. It was awesome. We arrived to our Riad or hotel, which btw was amazing (link here , Giray and I highly recommend it), dumped our luggage and went out to explore the city.
We went straight to the main plaza, Jemma el-Fna, to grab some good street food. There were tons of stands where you could get kebaps, tagines, freshly squeezed juices, candy and lots more. It was close to midnight and people were still out playing music with traditional instruments, kids playing and riding their bikes, men with dancing cobras and monkeys in pajamas, it was all very surreal and magical.
Because we were walking late at night from our Riad to the plaza and the streets weren't very lit, we decided it was best to leave my camera and any valuables behind. We took our phones but were trying to be extra careful as the medina and plaza were extremely packed. This of course meant we took very few photos that first night, which was a bit of bummer.
Photos of night 1 below:
(below: on route to Marrakech from Casa Blanca Airport)
Finally landed, checked into hotel and now to find good street food in the Medina.
BINGO! Look at all those beautiful colors!
And now, we feast! We ordered chicken kebaps with a side of grilled vegetables.
And for dessert, delicious fresh kiwi and mixed fruit juice. Mmmm!
More to come soon, from the rest of our time in Morocco. Follow along if you'd like :) !