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5 Things Morocco Taught Me

The second stop (if you want to check the first one click here ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) 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 onesall 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 ย 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 ๐Ÿ™‚ ) 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.

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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.

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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 aย 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.

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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 50ยฐC is hot and 30ยฐC is warm. For me 30ยฐC 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 areย 30ยฐC 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’sย 50ยฐC … 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.

 

P.S.
Unfortunately these are not pictures I took because this unfortunate event happened ๐Ÿ™ But I have to thank Adriana and Andrea for letting me using the one they took!

P.P.S.
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 ๐Ÿ™‚

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20 Comments

  • Reply Debbie

    Lisa, thank you! What a fun and thoughtful post. ๐Ÿ˜Š I went to Morocco with my spiritual community ( it was a trip to be peace tourists), and I loved Morocco!! Many blessings, Lisa. Your posts are lovely.

    27/10/2016 at 23:43
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      Thank you for always reading my posts Debbie!:) Oh that’s so nice you’ve been there together with your community! I bet you created wonderful memories! ๐Ÿ™‚ Have a lovely weekend! ๐Ÿ™‚

      28/10/2016 at 14:28
  • Reply Blueberry Stories

    Great post, Lisa. You’re absolutely right, simple things are the best and we don’t really need much to enjoy a place – just a beautiful sunset and positive thoughts.

    28/10/2016 at 11:39
  • Reply Hannah

    Wonderful tips and post. Morocco is on my list of places to see and visit, very jealous.

    28/10/2016 at 18:06
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      Thanks Hannah! Oh I hope you’ll manage to go there soon, it’s so beautiful! ๐Ÿ™‚

      28/10/2016 at 21:10
  • Reply Emma

    I really loved this post! Morocco is pretty high up there on places I want to visit, and your post just reinforced that even more! Emma xx
    http://www.coffeepotsandthoughts.com

    29/10/2016 at 1:17
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      Oh thank you Emma! I hope you’ll get the chance to go there soon, it’s such a beautiful country! ๐Ÿ™‚

      29/10/2016 at 17:26
  • Reply deliciouslynell

    Wonderful tips, and lovely photos!

    30/10/2016 at 2:04
  • Reply Meg

    I like the angle that you used here. It’s one thing to simply rattle off a list of ‘must-see’ places but I enjoy reading what people have to think about the destinations they visit. It’s nice to think that everywhere you go you can learn something new, not just about the place but about yourself.

    31/10/2016 at 15:22
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      Thanks Meg! I’m glad you liked the post! Thank you for reading and commenting ๐Ÿ™‚

      01/11/2016 at 17:14
  • Reply Rosemary

    Hi Lisa I’m just reading your blog now and love it! I like this type of post that evokes the feeling that you could be in a place – you get a real sense of the ambience and culture. Here in Perth (South Western Australia) we also get a dry summer heat but nowhere near as hot as Morocco – 50 degrees wow!! High 30s would be hot for us – we do get a few days in high summer that reach 40 but most of the time in summer it’s a pleasant high 20s and low 30s and low humidity with a strong afternoon sea breeze. I’m off to read more of your posts now and have also followed your blog too, best wishes Rosemary (Le Chic En Rose) ๐Ÿ™‚

    01/11/2016 at 7:50
    • Reply Lisa // Fromdreamtoplan

      Hi Rosemary! Thank you very much for stopping by and for reading some of my posts! Oh yes, I guess the area of Italy where I come from, the weather is similar to Perth! ๐Ÿ™‚

      01/11/2016 at 17:17
  • Reply Pooja @lostinprettyeurope

    Really nice post, Lisa! Morocco is a country I really want to visit too. The architecture and colors looks amazing! I am glad you had a fun time there as a part of your cruise trip. ๐Ÿ™‚

    01/11/2016 at 14:25
  • Reply Dalal

    I am from Morocco, I’m always happy to read an external perspective about my country <3

    01/11/2016 at 20:01
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