On our trip to Costa del Sol in southern-most Spain, we decided to take a day trip to Tangiers, the northern-most city in Morocco and one of Africa's furthest north cities. This is something I wanted to do for a looooong time and I'm so glad we did! I've never been somewhere so 'not-Western' for lack of a better expression.
My mom, sister and I got gorgeous traditional henna!
Dusty alleyways in the medina, or 'old-town' which is what you think of when you hear Morocco and where we stayed the whole time.
(First five photos courtesy of my dad.)
We ate such a delicious meal of Moroccan chicken cooked in a traditional tajine, couscous and a sort of home-baked flat bread.
I was completely in awe of the beautiful handpainted pots. Usually if I'm being accosted by salespeople to buy something I'll instantly decide I don't want it and walk away but it's part of the experience here. I bought (actually bartered for! Go me!!) a beautiful silver bangle with traditional scrollwork. I probably still got ripped off but at least I tried!
The most delicious mint tea EVA. It always seemed ridiculous to me that people in many hot Arabic countries drink scalding tea to cool their body temperature but I thought, if millions of people do it there must be something to it! It may have just worked for me because I so badly wanted it to... it was... HOT.
Fruit market. One of the less-gross and better-smelling ones. Some were too disgusting and unsanitary to linger in... let alone completely stop and pull the camera out. I'm still glad I experienced it though... if only for the fact that it really made me appreciate things refrigerators and coolers.