Fresh off the boat.jpgAfter traveling overland from Zurich to the south coast of Spain, I took an overnight ferry from Malaga to the African continent. I stepped off the boat in Melilla and took a deep breath of African Air... only I soon found out that I was still in Spain! This one city was a colonial left-over so-to-speak, a tiny dot in Morocco still controlled by Spain. 48 KB  
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Butcher.jpgYes, vegetarianism adds a whole new level to the adventure. 106 KB  
Chefchaoen Square.jpgIt took a couple rough days (you should have seen the border crossing!) before I found myself in this this beautiful mountain village. 75 KB  
Chefchaouen Square.jpg 106 KB  
Chefchaouen Boy.jpg 89 KB  
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Chefchaouen Blue White.jpg 81 KB  
Chefchaouen Hike.jpg 106 KB  
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Chefchaouen Medina.jpg 71 KB  
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Chefchaouen Castle.jpg 91 KB  
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Fez Outside Medina Night.jpg 51 KB  
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Fez Carpet Salesman.jpgWhen he calmly asked if we would like to see his shop and the view from the roof, I thought "Hmmm... carpet scam?". This guy turned out to be awesome and I totally belived him when he said he sold high-end carpets direct to Bloomingdales. It was not so much a carpet shop as a carpet PALACE! It was clear we would not be buying a $50k carpet that day, but the roof view was really nice. 86 KB  
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Fez Tomomi.jpgMy travel companion for much of the trip. We managed to cross paths a few times before finally meeting. It was a natural fit. Tomi had traveled to this point from his home in Japan over land and sea on a 2-year journey. He also enjoyed leisurely afternoons drinking black tea with mint in the desert.
Update: As of May 2010, Tomomi had made it overland through Mauritania, Senegal, Mali, Burukina Faso, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Gabon, Congo(DC&RDC) and was just getting to Angola.
His Advice: "Its not dangerous, you should travel here!"
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BrokenBus.jpgThe bus pulled over and while they were working on it, it began filling up with smoke. After wondering "hmmmm... is this going to blow up or poison us?" we all simultaneously got the idea to get off the bus. We then stood around in this awesome landscape as the bus owner negotiated the price of water with a nearby villager. 84 KB  
Berber guys from bus.jpgMet these guys on the bus, had a communication adventure trying to learn Berber and French at the same time. 92 KB  
Merzouga sand dune.jpgWe finally reached the desert outpost run by "Noriko". The legends were right, a Japanese-Berber oasis on the edge of the Algerian Sahara! 88 KB  
Merzouga Boy.jpg 62 KB  
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Curry.jpgI always travel with my own spices - very handy when all business close for meat-eating holidays. 71 KB  
Dai in Merzouga.jpgA great guy we met in the desert - Dai was riding his bike through Morocco (eventually made it to Burukina Faso, but lost the bike somewhere along the way). 57 KB  
Merzouga Sunset.jpg 61 KB  
Tagine.jpg 101 KB  
Tinerhir Camel Warning.jpg 70 KB  
Tinerhir Todra Gorge.jpgThe "Grand Canyon" of Morocco. We had fun getting there on bikes. 91 KB  
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Tinerhir Todra Gorge.jpgTomi building up a thirst for another few cups of tea. 102 KB  
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Marrakesh Jemaa El Fna.jpgMarrakesh was my favorite city - ended up staying 12 days and got a VIP pass to the international film festival that week! Yes, I was the travel bum at the red carpet event enjoying films from Korea to Egypt -- great stuff! 63 KB  
Marrakesh Jemaa El Fna-Favorite Stall.jpgI ate lentils, bread and chilies for dinner here every night. The guy on the left spoke Hindi! Apparently learned from Bollywood movies alone. 64 KB  
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Essaouira Cats at Butcher.jpg 64 KB  
RATS Bus.jpg 90 KB  
Rabat Door.jpg 129 KB  
Rabat.jpgThe capital of Morocco. 97 KB  
Rabat Reda JC.jpgA frend of a friend I had heard about for years - Reda turned out to be one of the most interesting people I have ever met. Great conversation. Here we were at the Goethe Institute Bar - a total culture shock after 5 weeks in Morocco. 52 KB  
Tangiers Man Picking his nose with lots of shoes.jpgLast night in Morocco, just about to start the long journey back to Zurich (and my sweet Nina) for Christmas. 100 KB