The second stop (if you want to check the first one click here 😉 ) of the amazing cruise I did a bit more than a month ago, was…Morocco! We did more than one stop in this wonderful country and I managed to visit Tangier, Casablanca and Marrakesh!
Now, this post will be quite different from my other travel posts because this time I’d like to share with you the feeling I had while walking around the streets, the difference I noticed between these cities and the Europeans ones…all the characteristics that this country left in me, hope you’ll enjoy!
1 | Use calm to surprise with immediate action
While walking through the streets of the cities I felt like the general atmosphere and the life rhythm of local people was calm and neat but.. well it was actually just a perception. Indeed, rhythms are very tight and people act in a very quick and dynamic way. For example, when we arrived in Marrakesh and passed by the main square, which is very very big, there were just few people passing by or standing near the shops around the square. Well, after less than an hour when we passed by again, at the exact same point, there was a huge market, with people selling any kind of stuff from food and cloths to animals and house items. I couldn’t believe my eyes! Also, as soon as you enter in a shop, apparently quiet, if the sales man understands you’re willing to buy, they immediately start offering you anything they have and are ready to contract any price (this reminded me a lot about when I was in China and Turkey 🙂 ) So, what’s definitely a lesson to learn here is that maybe sometimes being silent and quiet, and not showing immediately all your potential is the best way to analyse who you have in front and show your best skills.
2 | You can’t judge a book from it’s cover
While walking through the centre, especially through the old parts of towns, an aspect that is immediately noticeable, especially in Marrakesh since it’s a big city, is that not all buildings are well maintained. Actually, some of them look abandoned and untreated. But again, this is actually a trick, because once you enter in one of these buildings you’ll totally change your mind! First of all, the garden is considered a very important part of the house so plants and flowers are accurately chosen, secondly the decorations of the walls and in general of the house/structure are just amazing: so detailed, accurately made and you can definitely see that there is a study and though behind them. So this is for sure a big lesson: just because from the outside it’s not impressive, doesn’t mean the inside would be the same.
3 | Simplicity is the key
What I didn’t mention in point 2 about the amazing buildings decorations is that in most of the cases the design or decor wasn’t extravagant or thrilling like as you would say for example for a oil painting on canvas. But it wasn’t less beautiful, actually the impact I had while observing the decorations was astonishment and beauty, and I really was impressed by the fact that by using simple design or by building the structure in a particular way, the general feeling you had was wonderful. Maybe sometimes we tend to forget this, at least I, we are always looking for something more or we think that is not enough striking but actually using simple and basic methods and adding some personal touch would make the thing even more eye-catching.
4 | Having a unique stile will make you remember
All the cities I had the opportunity to visit had a common and unique style. “Well” you’ll say, “they’re all part of the same country!” Yes, indeed, but I loved noticing details that reminded me in which country I was. For example, the structures of the mosque or the smell of spices while walking through the streets, the colour of houses (which, if you didn’t know in places near the desert where is really hot like Morocco, houses are light pink/red to avoid they become too warm) and in general the form of the buildings. Everything was part of a “style” that I can connect to that country and the memories I lived there.
5 | I’ll keep that sunshine in my pocket
The weather is definitely another great point of this country. Luckily, since I’ve been there in September it wasn’t too warm. Wait, let me define you “warm”: for the people living there 50°C is hot and 30°C is warm. For me 30°C is already really warm, but I have to say that it was a different kind of hot than what I was used to. In my city in Italy, when there are 30°C you literally can’t breath and as soon as you exit you’ll be in a sea of sweat, all this due to the intense humidity there is. While in Morocco you can start feeling humidity maybe when it’s 50°C … really, when I was there (and I did walk all day so stayed at the sun most of the time) you could feel it was warm and sunny but you could normally stay out. So lovely! Plus, when going back to the ship, I managed to see the sunset in the desert and that was one of my favourite things of all the trip. Looking at that sun setting in the middle of nowhere but with the consciousness of knowing where I actually was, made me realise again how, in the end, simple things are the best.
Unfortunately these are not pictures I took because this unfortunate event happened 🙁 But I have to thank Adriana and Andrea for letting me using the one they took!
If you want to read about my cruising experience in general I wrote this “Pros and Cons about going on a cruise” which might be helpful 🙂
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