Morocco’s magical sights, tastes, sounds, smells, & touch will forever be engraved in my heart. At the beginning of the trip my tour group and I got an in depth Moroccan cooking class. Moroccan cooking is a fascinating combination of European and African cooking traditions. We learned the ins and outs of making Chicken Tagine, which is slowly cooked in a clay pot tangine which is a shallow vessel with a removable cone shaped lid that allows the hot steam to vent. The chicken tangine is a combination of garlic cloves, curry powder, chili powder, chicken cut into different pieces, along with potatoes and carrots.
To go along with this delicious entrée, we made traditional Moroccan bread known as Knobs which has a round flat shape that consists of flour, salt, yeast, and water. I was able to mix it and roll it by hand, which are always the best tools to use. We also made an assortment of salads. My favorite was an eggplant salad where we got to roast the eggplants on open coals. We also got to make a potato salad that was so refreshing and delicious. This homemade Moroccan meal was definitely one for the books.
A few days later I hopped on a 4×4 and we set out for Erg Chebbi Sand Dunes! These are the largest seas of dunes formed by windblown sand. Then of course we stopped and had a photoshoot!! Along the way we stopped at a traditional Bedouin tent. Bedouin are a group of nomadic Arab people who inhabit the desert regions. We got to witness and appreciate their living conditions. The family who were in the tent welcomed us with some Moroccan cookies and tea.
To end the night on an exciting note we headed over to the Sahara desert where a heard of camels were waiting for us! It has always been a dream of mine to ride a camel in the desert, and let me tell you, I LIVED ALL MY CAMEL DREAMS! The exoticness of it has always attracted me, well of course, im a woman who loves adventure lol.
My camels name was “Moonjawd” and what a sweetheart he was. I got “Moonjawd” and once he stood up I felt like I was on top of the world! We headed out into the Sahara Desert and what an amazing feeling of being so small around these grand majestic golden walls of sand. At the same moment, a sand storm had begun to blow through. I started to feel happy in a way that I hadn’t felt before. I knew I was in the right place at the right time and Mother Nature was smiling at me, letting me know that this experience was for me.
Morocco you are nothing short of amazing, and thank you for letting me experience true happiness and learn your culture.