It was an exotic experience.
Highs & Lows
We can feel the African lifestyle
There are developing spots
Morocco is my first time putting my feet on the African continent. The enthusiasm of the people overflows into the city. No one speaks English.
I traveled to Morocco for 10 days in June 2022. I visited the cities of Casablanca and Marrakech. Especially in Marrakech, I had a very exotic experience with the African-like markets that I could not see in other countries. Prices in Morocco are very low compared to Europe and the U.S., and because of its close location to Europe, there were many European tourists there on the weekend. Marrakech was only 3 hours away from Casablanca by train. Casablanca is located by the sea and Marrakech is inland, so the temperature in Marrakech in June was over 35 degrees celcius every day. So I can't walk outside too much during the daytime.
And I ate a lot of local Moroccan food like tajin and kusukusu.
I first visited Casablanca, a town by the sea.
I was surprised at first that there was no English signage at the train station because Morocco's official languages are French and Arabic. So sometimes hard for me because I don't speak French.
Being a port city, commerce is well developed and the seafront was more modern than I had expected. However, inland, there is still a traditional market called Medina, which is still in the process of development, and I could see the life of the local people.
The Hassan II Mosque, which stands by the sea, was very beautiful. Unfortunately, we were not allowed to enter the mosque without a tour, so we could only take a peek from the outside, but it still had a beautiful exterior. Casablanca is like Aladdin in the Disney movie, a very charming city.
I used a street bus to get around the city, which was very inexpensive and easy.
Marrakech is located for 4 hours by train from Casablanca. Unlike Casablanca, which is near the sea, Marrakech is located inland. It was always over 35 degrees in the daytime in June. However, the Moroccan people were so energetic and enthusiastic that the heat seems they don’t feel it! There is the biggest squeal in the world in Marrakech is called Huna. Many people gather in the daytime to enjoy themselves, looking for souvenirs and sipping tropical juices. However, the real fun of Huna Square begins when the sun goes down and the temperature drops. As the sun goes down, food stands appear out of nowhere and Huna Square is filled with the enthusiasm of the crowds. The nights are long in Morocco due to the heat and inactivity during the day. The streets are brightly lit until around 11:00 p.m., and there are many people in the streets. I was overwhelmed by this energy of activity despite the fact that Moroccans are religious and are not allowed to drink alcohol.
Q & A
What would you have changed?
Don't put your smartphone on the desk when you eat in a restaurant
Tips you would give a friend?
Probably you should learn a few easy French words before the trip
Long transportation is paid by credit card