Guess what? Tomorrow we’ll be on a plane heading to a new continent.
Jack and Jill are going to Africa!
First stop is Morocco
See, ever since I was a kid, I’ve always wanted to go to Timbuktu. “Timbuktu” – doesn’t that word just imply something so exotic? Something so remote, so the end of the world? Later I realised that Timbuktu is not, and has never been, located in Morocco. It is in fact, in Mali. Quite a distance away, apparently.
But that was how Morocco first came to my radar and my fascination with this country has remained ever since. Yes, I still want to go to Timbuktu, but I’m afraid Mali will have to wait.
Morocco might not have Timbuktu, but it does have other places just equally exciting and exotic. Places that are as much fun to say just as much as they are to spell. Places such as:
Marrakech – with its famous plaza, Djemaa El-Fna and its markets.
Chefchaouen – a town known for its white and powder-blue houses. I’ve seen some fantastic pictures coming out of this place.
Ourzazate – for its picturesque Kasbahs.
We’ll be arriving in Casablanca and making a loop through the country. Chefchaouen in the north, then back down to Fez, the desert, Marrakesh, and quite possibly end in Casablanca again.
We also have visas to Ethiopia*
I remember browsing through shelves of guidebooks in our local library during our research phase and came back home thinking, “We should definitely go to Ethiopia.”
After re-reading facts about the country, I still don’t know what it was that caught my attention. But I can’t seem to shake off that itch.
Secondly but more importantly is the fact that it’s quite easy to get an Ethiopian visa, even for an Indonesian passport holder.
Thirdly, Ethiopia sounds amazing. Places in Ethiopia that might turn out to be the highlights of our trip there include:
Danakil depression – the lowest point in Africa with fascinating geographical formations.
Harar – a Muslim town that has a tradition of nightly feeding of wild hyenas.
Lalibela – this town came highly recommended pretty much by everyone who’s been there. It’s a site where dozens of churches have been carved out of stone.
Then I guess we might as well go to Djibouti*
The only reason we became aware of the existence of this country was because it shares a border with Ethiopia. Then I found out that we might be able to snorkel with whale sharks!
Seriously, if I get a chance to see whale sharks up close, I can die (hopefully not from fright at seeing this gigantic-slash-awesome animal) happy.
*We are paying closer attention to the evolving situation between Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia to see what effect the military activity has, if any, on tourism/civilian safety.
Be part of our adventures in Africa!
We can’t wait to share our African stories with you. After 6 months in South America and a 3-week “vacation” on the East Coast we’re ready for new adventures in a new continent.
Have any suggestions?
Blog posts you’ve written on these countries we should check out? Let us know in the comment section below.