Posts made in May, 2012

Kasbah Aït Benhaddou and Dades Gorge

Posted by on May 31, 2012 in Blog, Morocco | Comments Off on Kasbah Aït Benhaddou and Dades Gorge

Kasbah Aït Benhaddou and Dades Gorge

Imagine a city built of mud bricks perfectly situated on a hill next to a lush river valley and encircled by the desert. The Ksar of Aït Benhaddou is one of the most well-preserved Kasbahs in Morocco and as such has been the filming location of many popular Hollywood movies such as Gladiator, The Mummy and Prince of Persia. It is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Unlike most other visitors of this popular tourist attraction we had come along the road less travelled across the countryside from Telouet. We couldn’t see the kasbah as we entered the town but could tell that we were close...

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The Rocks and Roses of Moroccan Hospitality

Posted by on May 21, 2012 in Blog, Morocco | Comments Off on The Rocks and Roses of Moroccan Hospitality

The Rocks and Roses of Moroccan Hospitality

While cycling through a small town in the countryside of the Atlas Mountains we came across a group of teenage boys. I noticed that one of them was holding something in his hand. Oh no, I thought, he is going to throw a rock at me just like another boy had done to Eric a few days ago. As I was about to peddle past him, he stretched out his arm so I sped up my bike to pass him as quickly as possible hoping he would miss me. Then, out of the corner of my eye I saw him opening his hand towards me. He was holding out the head of a rose which he wanted to give me as a gift. My fear turned into...

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Marrakech Medina by Bicycle

Posted by on May 21, 2012 in Videos | 2 comments

Marrakech Medina by Bicycle

After having walked around the Marrakech Medina a few times I thought the best way to share the experience would be to ride my bike around with the GoPro attached. Considering that no one in the Medina will notice the camera I can get truly candid shots that will help capture the “moment”. I started the video right in from of our hotel Afriqua and crossed the side of the square that is an unofficial vehicle thoroughfare. Meandered my way past a few street performers and orange juice carts, then pushed my way into the “souks”. These narrow streets are filled with...

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The Hustle and Bustle of Marrakech

Posted by on May 17, 2012 in Blog, Morocco | 1 comment

The Hustle and Bustle of Marrakech

The bus ride from Fes to Marrakech took 12 hours. Covering this distance by bike would have taken us about a week. We just didn’t have that time because our priority was to ride through the Atlas Mountains and later on along the Atlantic Coast. Furthermore, our friend Synke was going to meet us in Marrakesh and if we had arrived a week later, it would not have worked out with her travel plans. An added bonus of riding the bus was the rest it provided us; I was dealing with one of the worst sore throats I can remember and Anja was still struggling with her cold as well. When we arrived in...

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Chefchaouen & Fes

Posted by on May 15, 2012 in Blog, Morocco | Comments Off on Chefchaouen & Fes

Chefchaouen & Fes

“I love to smoke weed, you want some?” said a teenage boy who didn’t look older than 13 when I asked him for directions. Chefchouan is a small town in the Rif Mountains, an area where most of the hashish is grown in Morocco. It is also known for the blue painted houses that enchantingly line the streets of the medina. Upon arrival we were greeted with a road that was steeper than anything I had ever cycled before. I decided to peddle up as the locals were shouting words of encouragement to me. Anja, having the fall in Ronda Spain still fresh in her memory, chose to walk. I was...

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