Morocco was a magical place full of rich culture, color, patterns, and smells. Not only was it my very first time stepping foot in Africa, but it was also my first time in a Muslim country.
Out of all the places I’ve touched, I think Morocco was a place where I felt the most culture shock. I can’t lie and say I wasn’t initially overwhelmed by the wildness within the medina. It truly is a jungle out there, but it didn’t take long getting used to. In addition, I found it exciting to witness the hustle and experience the culture here.
My personal favorite cities were Marrakech and Rabat. Although I was a bit disappointed that I didn’t make it to the Sahara desert, I decided to look at it as another reason to come back. I’m still dreaming of camping out in the open desert underneath the stars. (Hashtag bucketlist tings.)
Morocco’s beauty is surely timeless and as always, difficult to translate into words and photos… As these never do these type of places justice. I spent my days here taking in a fair share of traditional Moroccan mint tea and pastries, visited mosques, heard beautiful prayers throughout the day, got traditional henna done for the first time ever, caught the sunrise with a view of the Hassan II Mosque in the background, lusted over all the patterns and handmade goods, and even practiced my bartering skills as I roamed around every corner of the souks.
The highlights of this trip was no doubt learning about the culture through a hands on experience, riding a camel in almost 100 degree weather, getting lost in the medina and the souks, and of course… The food. My god, the food. That deserves a whole ‘nother post for itself. Everywhere you walk in the medina, you’ll get a good whiff of all the wild spices, dates, and other dried fruit that are heavily used in the Moroccan cuisine.
Without much else to say, below are the photos I got to shoot on film. Part 2 coming soon. Enjoy!
For my post on the city of Rabat, click here.