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Last Week in Morocco (Oualidia to Casablanca to Tangier)

Posted by on Aug 8, 2012 in Blog, Morocco | Comments Off on Last Week in Morocco (Oualidia to Casablanca to Tangier)

Last Week in Morocco (Oualidia to Casablanca to Tangier)

Dates of travel: 5/17 – 5/21/2012 Our tour up the Atlantic Coast of northern Morocco was starting to move along quickly. Each day we were making further distances. Fantastic coast line of endless roads opened up before us only interrupted once every 80 km by a curious city. The terrain was mostly flat with decent road quality. One night we stayed at a resort town named Oualidia. Anja was able to negotiate a good price for a clean room with actual hot water for the shower. Hot water is a luxury we will never take for granted again after some of the hotels we have stayed in here in...

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Surfing and Pottery in Safi

Posted by on Jul 17, 2012 in Blog, Morocco | 2 comments

Surfing and Pottery in Safi

Let’s face it. During our first two weeks in Morocco we hadn’t done that much cycling. Due to the size of the country and the distances between the sights we wanted to see we had opted to the take the bus numerous times, and when we did cycle it was mostly downhill. It had felt like a real vacation which was nice, but now we were anxious to get back on the bike and get some kilometers under our belt. We left the tranquil fishing town Essaouira and cycled along the coastal road towards Safi. Soon we were covered in sweat. It was hot. Africa-hot. As we kept seeing the ocean to our left we...

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Essaouira – A Moroccan Fishing Town

Posted by on Jun 10, 2012 in Blog, Morocco | 1 comment

Essaouira – A Moroccan Fishing Town

Before heading to Essaouira, we needed to stop in Marrakesh once more to return Synke’s rental bike. We arrived in the evening and were quickly annoyed with all the turmoil going on in the streets and on the square. Since the bike shop wasn’t open at this time we had to spend a night at a hotel and opted for the same hotel as last time, Hotel Africqua, since it was in a good location, looked pretty clean and didn’t cost much. I was actually surprised when they accepted our lowball offer right away. The next morning the hotel manager asked if we could check out early and we noticed that...

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Sahara Desert

Posted by on Jun 10, 2012 in Blog, Morocco | Comments Off on Sahara Desert

Sahara Desert

To get to the sand dunes of the Sahara desert we had to go by bus for four hours. It was a much older bus than the other ones we had previously taken and our bikes had to be lifted to the top. Right after we departed, one of the bus operators, who looked like a short version of George Clooney, walked through the aisle and picked up all the trash he could find and threw it out the window. We weren’t that surprised considering all the trash we keep seeing alongside the roads. As we were getting closer to the desert, it started getting hotter. To our dismay the bus didn’t have air...

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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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