Trip to Marrakech

Hey guys! A couple days ago I was lucky to have to opportunity to travel to Marrakech, Morocco with  my family. Since I just featured Morocco in the Magazine section, this was a very exciting experience for me, as I got to see in-person some of the things I learned about when creating the magazine section.

It was a wonderful four day trip and Marrakech quickly rose to one of my favorite cities. Once I arrived at the rose colored city (most of its buildings are made out of red sandstone… no wonder it’s nicknamed “Red City”), I went transported to a vibrant colorful world. For me, it seemed to be a mix of India, Turkey, and the excitement of the unknown.

Just a few fun things to know about Marrakech before we get to… pictures! Marrakech is the fourth largest city in Morocco and it used to be inhabited by Berber farmers. The city houses many mosques (like the Koutoubia Mosque) as well as madrasas (which are Koranic schools), which were built during the 12th century by the Almoravids. Marrakech was an important trading center, and if you go there today, Jemaa el-Fnaa is a really awesome square (yes, it even has snake charmers, women offering to do henna, and lots of delicious food stations).

But enough of the history aspect…. I learned some Arabic basic greeting phrases while I was there (most people also speak French and English, so it was easy to communicate with people), tried some delicious Moroccan dishes (like couscous and kabobs), and learned that one has to bargain with shop owners to get a mutually agreed upon price. All in all, everyone was friendly and I had a wonderful time.

Here are some pictures to give you a little idea of what I saw!

Rooftop view from the hotel
 

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