“Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”

TravelHaven Journal – Tangier in Morocco – Camels and All

We had a wonderful guide in Morocco!  He took us by car through the new part of the city and up into the mountains and to the beach, to the Caves of Hercules, which is where the Phoenicians lived, and to the Casbah and the Medina (old town) and the souk.

While we were at the beach, we got to ride camels, which was really neat!  It’s a little scary when they get up from kneeling and when they get back down to let you off, but loads of fun!  Check out the Photo Gallery for a picture of Lynette and I on camels.

We learned a lot about Morocco.  Their education is totally free through college.  They have to learn one language in high school and another language in college.  This is in addition to Arabic and French, which they all speak.  Arabic is their main language and French is their second language.  Our guide spoke Arabic, French, German, Russian and English!  Amazing!

In order to make the maximize the time of the teachers there and build as few schools as possible, the children go to school 4 hours some days and 7 hours other days.

They have free medical if they go to the government hospitals.  If they go to a private hospital, they have to pay or insurance has to pay.  As you might imagine, the quality of care is very different in the government vs. the private hospitals.

We had lunch in a wonderful restaurant.  We had tazin, which was meatballs in tomato sauce with an egg in the  middle, and pastillo, which was  a chicken mixture in  a pastry with cinnamon and sugar on top.  We also had a small bottle of wine which was very good.  The building the restaurant was in used to be a hospital.

The souk was quite interesting.  You are supposed to bargain with the shopkeepers and, although I was dreading it, I actually did it and enjoyed getting a "bargain".

Then it was back to the ferry terminal for the return to Tarifa.  The ferry takes about 45 minutes to an hour and is very comfortable.  There is food and drink for sale.  We had a ham and cheese baguette and it was fine, though not gourmet.

I highly recommend a side trip to Morocco if you are ever visiting the south of Spain.

If you’ve been to Morocco, I’d love to know what you thought.  Or, if you have questions, just post a response to this post.