Sunday, March 20, 2011

Morocco - Day 4

Since we had to be ready to go in the hotel lobby at 11:30 this morning and there wasn’t enough time to go to the market, we slept in and spent over an hour at breakfast.  We got to the airport with plenty of time, especially since our plane didn’t wasn’t there until ten minutes before we were supposed to take off (which might just be something typical of Ryanair).  Surprisingly the entire plane was boarded and ready for took off only fifteen late, not surprisingly the ride was extremely bumpy and terrifying again.

Overall, I had a good time in Morocco and even though the weather was mostly rainy (it even hailed one afternoon) we had nice weather when it mattered the most (the camel ride and hike in the mountains).  Right now, however, I am not sure if I would ever want to visit Morocco again.  It was an amazing cultural experience that I am glad I had, but it was also a very stressful experience.  Just walking the streets and having to deal with annoyingly persistent street venders was mentally draining.  Also, the lack of enforced driving laws makes adds to the constant chaos and makes it necessary to be constantly paying attention to a number of things all at the same time.  The amount of poverty we saw was also hard to deal with for some members of our group.  However, at the few households we stopped at for tea we were always amazed at how happy the people were even though they had almost nothing compared to our American lifestyles. 

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