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November 2011

Chefchaouen, Morocco November 29, 2011

Photogenic Chefchaouen in Colors

Chefchaouen, Morocco

Seriously, Chefchaouen is the most photogenic city we’ve ever been in. And I’m not saying that only because the houses in Chefchaouen happens to be painted in shades of powder blue which happens to be our favorite color.

Well, maybe I am.

(Random fact: Do you know that blue is the most universally liked color?)

I don’t think there’s a better way to show this city other than in pictures.

Sometimes walking around the medina feels like walking inside an iceberg.

Chefchaouen blue

Most of the people in the medina are shy about being photographed. Considering the amount of tourists that come through here taking pictures of their city and its inhabitants, that’s quite understandable. Even the kids would go, ‘La, la’ (‘No, no’) when asked for a pictures.

This girl, however, was not shy about having her picture taken. She was posing for me when her friend came running by to talk to her and here she seemed to be saying, ‘Wait a second, she’s taking my picture!’ Most of the girls are dressed in pink – making a nice contrast with the blue of the surrounding.

Girls in Chefchaouen, Morocco

A basket of bread and a bowl of olives are commonly served as free appetizers in Morocco. We tried soo hard to like olives, but they’re just not our thing.
Olives, Morocco

The best thing to do in Chefchaouen is to wander around and get lost in its winding blue alleys, passing women gossiping on the doorways, kids playing soccer in the narrow alley, and wondering why there are so many young (and not-so-yong) Moroccan males hanging around and doing nothing on the street.

Every new turn seems to bring yet another photo op. Of course, ‘blue’ is always the theme.

Chefchaouen, Morocco

Chefchaouen, Morocco

There are some aspects of this country that have begun to rub us the wrong way, but one thing we can’t deny:

Morocco might be one of the most photogenic countries out there – as long as you ignore the litter on the ground that is.

For more pics from Chefchaouen:

11-24 Chefchaouen

Chefchaouen Info

Where to stay in Chefchaouen: Hotel Guernika – a little hard to find, but it has wifi and really hot showers. Double room w/ showers: 250 Dirham
Where to eat: any of the restaurants in the main plaza (Uta El-Hammam)

Morocco, Rabat November 27, 2011

Ruins of Chellah – Where Cats and Storks Roam Free

The first thing we noticed about the ruins of Chellah in Rabat is not the ruins itself, but the friendly community of resident cats who greeted us on the path towards the ruins.

To greet and cuddle every single one of these cats, as one can imagine, makes for a very slow going. But as animal lovers (who miss having cats terribly), how could we not do it? Unless some of the cats in the medina, these ones look like they’re well taken care of. That fact alone makes us feel like our 10 Dirham entrance fee is worth it.

Morocco, Rabat November 25, 2011

Easing in into the Madness in Rabat, Morocco

When I think of Morocco, I used to think of the madness and chaous of the souks of Marrakesh and the hassling touts in Fez.

Well, Rabat is nothing like that. We surely didn’t expect to walk out of the train station to find wide boulevards with palm trees, lined with imposing white buildings. Smartly dressed diplomats (it is Morocco’s capital after all) in suites mingle with traditionally clothed men and women on the wide sidewalks.

Colombia November 17, 2011

Is it safe to travel to Colombia?

Colombia? The food is not much to talk about. The bus rides will probably kill you. Other than that traveling in Colombia is just as safe as any other countries we went to in South America. Or as dangerous. Depending on how you look at it.