November – December 2013

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INTRO

Morocco, finally!  For years, I would hear “wait, you haven’t been to Morocco yet?”, or “you’ve been to Kyrgyzstan but not Morocco?!”  

It’s not that I didn’t want to go to Morocco — I have been wanting to come here forever! — it’s just that there’s SO much to see in Morocco that I knew that when I did go, I’d need weeks to see it all, and with my (at-the-time) job-imposed ‘travel limit’ of no more than two weeks, I just didn’t have enough time to do Morocco!  So, the minute I got a new job, you know I started planning!  

Of course, if I was going to do Morocco, then I’d have to see Western Sahara and the Canary Islands too, because hello, they’re right there!  AND I’d have to see the Alhambra, which I skipped in 1999 to see Bilbao instead!

So, it morphed into an epic road trip starting in Madrid (actually in amazing Salzburg, thanks to a long layover!), and driving down through Andalusian Granada and Málaga to Gibraltar — then finally a ferry to Africa, but not Morocco yet!   The ferry docked in Ceuta, Spanish Morocco, where I then took one of the only two land border crossings from Europe into Africa!

Journey Map

    LocationArrivalDeparture
    1Munich, GermanyNovember 13, 2013November 13, 2013
    2Rosenheim, GermanyNovember 13, 2013November 13, 2013
    3Salzburg, AustriaNovember 13, 2013November 14, 2013
    4Fucking, AustriaNovember 14, 2013November 14, 2013
    5Burghausen, GermanyNovember 14, 2013November 14, 2013
    6Munich, GermanyNovember 14, 2013November 15, 2013
    7Madrid, SpainNovember 15, 2013November 15, 2013
    8Consuegra, SpainNovember 15, 2013November 15, 2013
    9Úbeda, SpainNovember 15, 2013November 16, 2013
    10Baeza, SpainNovember 16, 2013November 16, 2013
    11Jaén, SpainNovember 16, 2013November 16, 2013
    12Granada, SpainNovember 16, 2013November 16, 2013
    13Málaga, SpainNovember 16, 2013November 17, 2013
    14Marbella, SpainNovember 17, 2013November 17, 2013
    15Gibraltar, GibraltarNovember 17, 2013November 17, 2013
    16La Línea, SpainNovember 17, 2013November 18, 2013
    17Algeciras, SpainNovember 18, 2013November 18, 2013
    18Ceuta, Spanish MoroccoNovember 18, 2013November 18, 2013
    19Tetouan, MoroccoNovember 18, 2013November 19, 2013
    20Chefchaouen, MoroccoNovember 19, 2013November 19, 2013
    21Ouezzane, MoroccoNovember 19, 2013November 19, 2013
    22Fes, MoroccoNovember 19, 2013November 21, 2013
    23Moulay Idriss, MoroccoNovember 21, 2013November 21, 2013
    24Volubilis, MoroccoNovember 21, 2013November 21, 2013
    25Meknes, MoroccoNovember 21, 2013November 21, 2013
    26Rabat, MoroccoNovember 21, 2013November 22, 2013
    27Casablanca, MoroccoNovember 22, 2013November 24, 2013
    28El Jadida, MoroccoNovember 24, 2013November 24, 2013
    29Safi, MoroccoNovember 24, 2013November 24, 2013
    30Essaouira, MoroccoNovember 24, 2013November 25, 2013
    31Chichaoua, MoroccoNovember 25, 2013November 25, 2013
    32Marrakech, MoroccoNovember 25, 2013November 27, 2013
    33Tizi N'Tichka, MoroccoNovember 27, 2013November 27, 2013
    34Telouet, MoroccoNovember 27, 2013November 27, 2013
    35Aït Benhaddou, MoroccoNovember 27, 2013November 27, 2013
    36Ouarzazate, MoroccoNovember 27, 2013November 27, 2013
    37Tazenakht, MoroccoNovember 27, 2013November 27, 2013
    38Taliouine, MoroccoNovember 27, 2013November 27, 2013
    39Tioute, MoroccoNovember 27, 2013November 28, 2013
    40Taroudant, MoroccoNovember 28, 2013November 28, 2013
    41Agadir, MoroccoNovember 28, 2013November 28, 2013
    42Tiznit, MoroccoNovember 28, 2013November 28, 2013
    43Mirleft, MoroccoNovember 28, 2013November 28, 2013
    44Legzira, MoroccoNovember 28, 2013November 28, 2013
    45Sidi Ifni, MoroccoNovember 28, 2013November 28, 2013
    46Guelmin, MoroccoNovember 28, 2013November 28, 2013
    47Tan Tan, MoroccoNovember 28, 2013November 28, 2013
    48El Ouatia, MoroccoNovember 28, 2013November 29, 2013
    49Akhfennir, MoroccoNovember 29, 2013November 29, 2013
    50Tarfaya, MoroccoNovember 29, 2013November 29, 2013
    51Laayoune, Western SaharaNovember 29, 2013November 29, 2013
    52Tenerife North AirportNovember 29, 2013November 29, 2013
    53Icod de los Vinos, TenerifeNovember 29, 2013November 29, 2013
    54La Orotava, TenerifeNovember 29, 2013November 30, 2013
    55El Teide, TenerifeNovember 30, 2013November 30, 2013
    56La Laguna, TenerifeNovember 30, 2013November 30, 2013
    57Santa Cruz, TenerifeNovember 30, 2013December 1, 2013
    58San Andrés, TenerifeDecember 1, 2013December 1, 2013
    59Maspalomas, Gran CanariaDecember 1, 2013December 2, 2013
    60Agüimes, Gran CanariaDecember 2, 2013December 2, 2013
    61Guayadeque, Gran CanariaDecember 2, 2013December 2, 2013
    62Roque Nublo, Gran CanariaDecember 2, 2013December 2, 2013
    63Tejeda, Gran CanariaDecember 2, 2013December 2, 2013
    64Las Palmas, Gran CanariaDecember 2, 2013December 3, 2013
    65Arucas, Gran CanariaDecember 3, 2013December 3, 2013
    66Teror, Gran CanariaDecember 3, 2013December 3, 2013
    67Gran Canaria AirportDecember 3, 2013December 3, 2013
    68Madrid, SpainDecember 3, 2013December 4, 2013
    69Munich, GermanyDecember 4, 2013December 4, 2013

    Featured Image

    Djemaa el-Fna, Marrakech, Morocco

    Two enchanted cobras seem ready to strike any second, but look a bit closer — finally being here after years of hearing tales of the exotic square and its famed snake charmers distracted me. Out of nowhere, snakes were around my neck! Pictures were taken… money was extorted. It was a blur, but it was awesome. You learn quickly in the square. Be aware! And keep your distance if you don’t want to play! (…or pay!)

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    Sketches

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