Hey friends and happy new year!

Welcome back to my blog. I hope you all had an amazing start into 2019.

Me myself took it pretty relaxed as New Year’s isn’t celebrated very much here in Morocco. However, I’ll shortly let you know everything I’ve been up to the past week.

So, let’s get started, shell we?

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First, I’d like to give you some overview about my trip to Morocco.

I’ll be here for three weeks, the first week I spent with some friends from home and we stayed in one place. Taghazout. I’ll tell you everything about this week in just a bit so stay tuned.

After that me and one of my friends will continue traveling Morocco. We have a slight plan but nothing concrete and will just see how things go.

So as you can see, while I still want to surf, this is not the typical kind of surf trip I usually do, this more an exploring kind of trip so stay tuned for a lot of adventures.

That said, let me tell you about the adventures from this week.

Week 1

I got to Morocco last Thursday. One day earlier than all my friends as I flew from a different airport in Germany. The flight was pretty chilled and I had amazing seat neighbours.

I was a bit surprised how full the airplane was considering that it was only one day after Christmas.

Also, there were mainly young people and everyone seed to go to Taghazout.

I arrived late in the afternoon and took a taxi to Tamraght, which is the village next to Taghazout. Here I spent the first night.

At first I was a bit overwhelmed by the culture and there was so much to see that I didn’t know where to look.

In addition, I felt a little homesick as I didn’t really wanted to be here in the first place and only joined my friends because they asked me to.

However, after meeting some nice people in the hostel and tasting the first Moroccan soup I was hooked. The host was so nice and friendly and you felt like at home because everyone took so good care for you.

They served you meals and treated you like you’re in a hotel. Pretty amazing, although, if you ask me, a little too much sometimes.

me

In the waiting

The next day I mainly spent waiting as it was the day my friends arrived and I had to wait for them to come to the hostel so we could check in.

First though I had to get there myself.

I took a taxi from Tamraght to Taghazout which turned out to be more complicated that I hoped it to be.

The taxi driver first wanted to put me into a different hostel but I insisted he takes me to the right one. After a very intense discussion I managed to go there and was welcomed pretty friendly.

A volunteer there took good care of me and kept me company all those hours I’ve waited for my friends to arrive.

It sucked a little as I couldn’t unpack anything. I haven’t showered in three days and felt a little gross. Also, I was starving and restless and ready to explore Morocco.

After about 5 hours of waiting, finally, my friends arrived and first thing we did was going for food.

I had my fist tagin and it was soooo good. I am already in love with Moroccan food.

The village itself is also very cute. Small and dirty of all the dust and construction sites, but still charming.

After lunch, we had to wait a little more for the room to get ready. Things here seem to take even longer than in South Africa and the hostel seemed to be over booked as there were already people in our room.

However, by the end of the day we managed to un pack and get comfortable in our room.

Houses in Morocco

Back to routine

We are a quite diverse group of people so at first it was a bit hard to get all desires under one roof.

But after a while we managed to adjust to each other and compromise so every one of us could establish a routine.

Me usually the one who got up first could go back to my workout routine and I’m enjoying it very much to train right at the beach when the sun rises.

Also, we had time to explore a little more and went to a village called banana Beach where everything was full of bananas.

We also started feeling very at home at the hostel as we got served breakfast first thing we got to the rooftop terrace.

The first days we spent exploring the area. We walked an hour to a surf spot called Killer Point to go for a paddle. Unfortunately, waves are so small at the moment that there’s hardly anything to surf.

Also, the funniest thing happened, when I bumped into two friends on my way to the shops, one from Germany and one I meet in South Africa. The world really is a small place.

Morocco landscape

Adventure time

31st we went on adventure with the two sons of our hosts. They took us to a surf spot about 50km from Taghazout, called Imswane.

It was the funniest and most entertaining car ride I ever had.

One of my friends is afraid of car rides and as the driver drove like crazy she was about to freak out any second.

It was so fun to cruise through serpentines while listening to Arabic rap music and make stops along the way to enjoy the view and take pictures.

Morocco so far mostly looks the same everywhere. Desert and a few trees. But still beautiful as it’s so different from the other places I’ve been to.

The locals also were so friendly and without us asking just took us places and were happy to help us with anything.

I hardly experienced so much hospitality than I’m experiencing here at the moment.

morocco beach

To sum it up

So, as you can see, I’m having a great time, despite the unhappy start I had here in Morocco.

I love the country, it’s stunning. The landscape looks a lot like South Africa. Well, I guess it’s because we’re in Africa after all.

The people are friendlier than I’ve expected them to be and especially here in the beach towns I had no problems with locals at all.

The food is amazing and everything is so cheap. A proper meal is about 2€ and so healthy and filling.

It was also pretty nice to spend some time with my friends. We really had a fun time.

The surf could have been a bit better although at the end of the week it got quite good and we squeezed in some good sessions.

We’ve meet the nicest hosts and it was great to see some of my friends from across the world again.

So, to make a point here. The first week was an adventure. So much has happened and I for sure forgot to mention some things as I can’t think of all of them at once.

However, I’m trying my best to not forget about anything important and if you want to have daily updates, make sure to follow my IG.

morocco beach

What’s next?

The first week went by so quickly and by now most of my friends have left for home. However, for two of us the adventure continues.

We’ll stay here in Taghazout for a couple more days, just to sort things out and plan the rest of our trip.

Then we’ll make it further up the coast and probably make a stop at Sahara.

Though about that I’ll keep you up to date next week and of cause if I remember anything I left out in this post I’ll let you know as well.

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I hope you liked this little insight and found it entertaining to read. If so, please feel free to share so I can inspire more people to travel the world and give them some impressions of Morocco.

I’m excited to see what the rest of the trip has in store for us and to keep you up to date. If you want daily insights, check out my Instagram or Facebook page. Otherwise, come back next Friday for a new travel diary entry and all the adventures from next week.

Lastly, here are some more post you might enjoy. So, have a look:

Travel Diary Germany: Coming home for Christmas

The positive impact of traveling: 8 beautiful life lessons to learn from unsatisfying wanderlust

Find the travel stoke: 6 effective ways to immediately overcome homesickness while traveling

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Have you been to Morocco? What’s been your favourite place?

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