Okay, first of all, I apologize for the overly cheesy title, but it had to be done. Second of all, I’ll point out that it’s been almost five months since my Morocco trip, but I’m finally getting around to writing about it.
In December, blessed with a week-long puente (Tuesday and Thursday were holidays, meaning we also got Monday and Friday off, and my school was kind enough to let me take Wednesday off as well), I took off for 5 fabulous days in Morocco, led by DiscoverSevilla. I had been to Morocco two years prior and absolutely loved it, so I was psyched to go back.
We took a bus from Sevilla to Tarifa, then a ferry from Tarifa to Tangiers, then a bus from there to Rabat, the capital of Morocco, where we had lunch (oh man, Moroccan food is amazing), walked around the beach, and explored the town a bit. First stop was the Mausoleum of Mohammed V and Hassan Tower, featuring some beautiful Moroccan architecture. Next, we headed into the old medina of Rabat. With its blue-washed buildings lining tiny, winding streets, Rabat’s old medina reminded me of Chefchaouen, my favorite town from my 2009 visit to Morocco, although this led out to a view of the city lights twinkling over the sea accompanied by the tunes of street musicians.
The beach in Rabat
All right, so maybe it’s a little passé to do a 2011 in review post when we’re almost two weeks into 2012, but who said I was hip anyway? 2011 was a fantastic year, perhaps my best year yet (though I kind of say that every year, don’t I?), and it was full of lots of wonderful trips. Therefore, I present you with a review of my trips of 2011!
January and February
No trips outside Southern California in these months, but that’s not to say they weren’t utterly fantastic in lots of other ways!
In late March, my friends Julian, Sélim, and I embarked on a spring break road trip from L.A. to Vancouver and back, with nights spent in Santa Cruz, Seattle, and Folsom, not to mention luxurious nights sleeping in the car in Redding, California and Bellingham, Washington. Everything that could have gone wrong seemed to go wrong on this trip (Car stuck in the snow? Check. Not being able to pass through the Canadian border because of forgotten residency papers? Check. Dead car battery? Check. Arrests? No comment.), and that’s what made it so completely amazing. I was surrounded by great company, got to see my beloved 8th grade Spanish teacher, Doña Kim, and two of her daughters in Seattle, and made more friends along the way. I don’t think I could have dreamed of a better road trip.
Trying to fit in with the Canadians in Vancouver
Today, I was supposed to visit Cuenca, a city about two and a half hours from Madrid, but bus tickets were sold out, so instead you get a flood of updates from me! If two posts count as a flood, that is.
Morocco was a place I thought would be very cool to see while I’m in Spain, but having heard that it can be dangerous, I wasn’t sure if I’d ever actually make it down there. Fortunately, in December, I did, and I’m so glad I got the opportunity to go. Jessica, Sara, and I did this trip together, and I’ve said this already, but let me reiterate that it’s really awesome having two of your closest friends since the age of 6 and 12 with you in Spain and available for fabulous trips like this.
¡No estoy muerta! I’m not dead! I’ve just been terrible about keeping up this blog, and I apologize for that. I can’t believe it’s been a month and a half since my last entry.
Life in Spain continues to be amazing. I’m enjoying my classes (more or less), meeting new people, having fun with friends, and traveling like crazy. Since my last entry, I went to Italy, where we visited Cinque Terre, Lake Como (from Lake Como we took a short trip to Lugano, Switzerland), and Milan), as well as Córdoba and Granada (I lived in Granada for a month in 2006) in Andalucía, the southern region of Spain. Both trips were absolutely amazing, and, don’t worry, I will eventually be doing full updates about them.