Day 1-3 – May 4th-6th
The first two days were mainly travel days. After an early morning start, we took a flight from Stockholm via Belgium to Morocco. While we waited for the flight to Rabat in Brussels, some of the group went out to the city center of Charleroi for lunch. It was especially fun for those who went on the previous trip to Brussels to see the surrounding area, as they had been at South Charleroi airport then but hadn’t had time to see the city itself. After we had arrived in Rabat, we took some time to rest at the hotel and eat dinner together before a good night’s sleep.
The next day we went by train to Marrakech, the “Red City”, where we spent the first half of the week to experience Moroccan culture. When we arrived in Marrakech, we went out for an incredible lunch at a local restaurant, where we got our first taste of Moroccan mint tea, also called Berber whiskey, and delicious Moroccan tagine and couscous.
On Saturday it was again an early morning start since we were going on an excursion but the group was split into two smaller groups. The first group went on a full-day tour to the Atlas Mountains and Agafay Desert, including discovering the Berber villages by hiking in the mountains, while the second group went on a two-day trip to the Sahara Desert with stops at the Unesco heritage site Ait ben Haddou, which was also a film location on Gladiator and Game of Thrones to name a few. They also spent one night in a desert camp. The adventures were very successful, above all nature was beautiful, but we also ate with the local guides and learned a lot about Berber culture.
Written by: Chad Farrell and Ebba Tholander