29 Things We've Done in Morocco

29 Things We've Done in Morocco

It's been a few weeks since we arrived in Rabat, Morocco. Lots has happened! Well, at least 29 things have happened. 

  1. We landed in Casablanca and met another Remote Year cohort, Ikigai. They were leaving Rabat and heading to Sofia, Bulgaria for their third month. I befriended Todd Oliver Nelson.
  2. We tasted our first Moroccan food (There were so many vegetables. I was insta-happy.)
  3. We learned a few things about Morocco from our Ikigai friends. The first person I met from Ikigai reported, “This country is fucked.” I decided to focus on some of the other people and stories.  
  4. We checked into our apartments with varying success. I apparently live in a palace. It has a giant living room with seating for 27, and I have my own large bedroom and a bathroom with a bathtub. I also have the best roommate ever, Andrew E. Others live in dungeons that may or may not have soft porn posters as décor. The apartment lottery is REAL, people.
  5. We learned how to say salaam (hello), chokran (thank you), médina (old city) and souk (vendors).
  6. We practiced our French.
  7. We struggled with the internet and our local SIM cards. 
  8. We saw our amazing workspace, 7AY. It’s bright and full of artwork. The rooftop has a huge tent with pillows and rugs. It’s my favorite workspace that we’ve had so far.  
  9. We met Maroua and Wafae, the world’s best city managers. They are both super-sharp, very friendly and know pretty much everything about everything.
  10. We learned about Careem, the wonderful Uber-like service that helps us get around the city. We befriended the drivers.
  11. We drank fresh-squeezed orange juice and sweet mint tea.
  12. We explored Rabat. The street art, the beaches, the hammams (spas/baths), the hundreds of cafes full of men sitting outside, the medina and souks.  
  13. We accidentally stepped on slippery tiles that spurted very dirty liquid and one of us named them “spa tiles.”
  14. We were humbled by the poverty here.
  15. We were delighted by the hospitality here.
  16. We were afraid for our lives while we were passengers in cars here. 
  17. We ate tagines (Moroccan stews), lots of fresh salads, mountains of fruit and delicious Moroccan sweets like flaky pancakes and extremely addictive cookies from the bakery across the street from my apartment.
  18. We learned how to pronounce 7AY in Arabic (sounds like Hey).
  19. We went to a beach house in Asilah, north of Rabat. We ate seafood and watched the sunset over the ocean.
  20. We visited Tangier, at the northern tip of Morocco.
  21. We were stared at every day. Some of us didn’t feel safe. One of us was harassed by a group of boys. Another one of us was robbed at knifepoint.
  22. We spent our days far outside our comfort zones. Some of us left Rabat for other destinations. Others decided to leave Remote Year permanently.
  23. We dreamt of glamping in the desert, and then we glamped in the desert.
  24. We wore turbans and rode camels named Romeo, Casanova and LeRoy.
  25. We fell in love with the camels. And the dunes. And the desert sunsets. And none of it would have been the same without the people who ran our incredible camp (Shout-out to Ali and Sara’s Desert Palace).
  26. We spent about 20 hours in the car in the span of a few days, but it was totally worth it.
  27. We ate French fries. Lots of French fries. 
  28. A few of us drank beer. (Gasp!)
  29. We marveled at Morocco.

I’m quite sure I’m forgetting lots of the things we've done so far, but I hope that gives you a bit of an idea of what I’ve been up to in my fifth month of Remote Year. We’ve still got plenty more days for Moroccan adventures!

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