Logbook: Visiting Chefchaouen, April 2013

TRAVEL NEWS           

 

Time Zone: Western European Time (WET).     

 

Location (Latitude, Longitude): 35°10′17″N 5°16′11″W

 

How far did I travel this week? 264 km

 

How did I get around this week?

A group of my friends and I took a grand taxi to the city of Fes, which is an hour and 15 minutes away, and then from there we took a bus to our final destination, Chefchaouen. That journey took almost four hours. We slept and ate Pringles along the way.    

 

What was the most interesting place I visited this week?

I visited an old Mosque called the Jemaa Bouzafar, which is on top of a mountain. It overlooks the city of Chefchaouen and the nearby waterfall. We had to walk all the way up the long and difficult path to the top of the hill where the mosque is. It was worth it, and we stayed until the sunset. 

 

Other travel news:

I was very excited to be going to Chefchaouen because it is famous for being a blue city. The buildings are different shades of blue. I thought it would be interesting to see an entire city in my favorite color!

We were there for about 24 hours and we saw and did a lot. We walked through the many narrow streets, visited famous places, took many photos and climbed hills. I bought a pretty little painting from a very talented young man who had done paintings of scenes around the city. I also bought a teal colored pashmina scarf. We ate delicious foods. For breakfast, we ate msemen (which is like a fried dough) with goat cheese, olive oil, honey and jam with freshly squeezed orange juice. I especially enjoyed the way they decorated our fresh fruit and cinnamon on our plates. I was surprised that the locals spoke Spanish. I was happy that I understood what was being spoken.

 

NATURE NEWS

Sunny: 7

Cloudy: 0

Partly cloudy: 0

Rainy: 0

Snowy: 0

Windy: 0      

 

What animals did I see this week?

I saw a snail and lots of cats. I see lots of cats everywhere I go in Morocco.

What was the coolest thing I saw in nature this week?

A waterfall where the village women usually go to wash their clothes.

Other Nature News:

I saw many lovely things being sold in the marketplace, which is called the souk. Apart from the food and the paintings, there were also scarves and carpets of every color and fancy clothing, such as genie pants. There were also clothes with beautiful embroidery, and postcards with lovely shots of around town. I bought a few and sent them to the U.S. and Guyana to family and friends. Young men would come out of their shops and restaurants and try to encourage us to visit their places. It also took a long time for me to decide what color scarf I should buy because I loved all of the colors. It was a fun time.

OUR NEWS

What languages are spoken here?

English, Spanish, Arabic and French are spoken here.

What type of money is used here?

The national currency, the Moroccan Dirham is used.

How much does a bottle of water cost?

I only bought orange juice and that cost 10 Dirhams, which is a little more than USD $1.

What was the best meal this week?

I really enjoyed the fries and chicken kebabs.

What music did I listen to this week?

I listened to pop, Indian and Caribbean music on my computer.

What activity was the most fun this week?

I enjoyed having an entire view of the city below from a hilltop.

What did I read this week?

I read a lot of literature for my classes about Islamic Civilization. I also read a novel by my college English professor.

What games or sports did I play this week?

I didn’t play any because I am not very good at them.

Other news from this week:

Although I don’t like to run, my friend from home and I ran twice this week. She told me that I run really fast. I discovered that I don’t like jogging, but I am better at sprinting or running really fast. It made me think about my childhood days in Guyana when we would run about the school yard during recess. I suppose that running is a part of our school culture in the Caribbean. Usain Bolt is a really fast runner, and he is one of our heroes!

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