The most irritating exclamation I hear about my participation in Remote Year is, “you’re on vacation for a year?!” It makes me want to bang my head on all the concrete walls here in Morocco. I promise you guys, I am not on vacation. I am still working with Dr. Sara and I am STILL job hunting.
Confession: I took a vacation between Lisbon and Rabat. Three of the remotes and I went to Lagos, Portugal (3 days), Seville, Spain (6 days), and Marrakesh, Morocco (3 days). This was considered a vacation because I didn’t have to work. Luckily for me, Dr. Sara was also on a (Amsterdam/London/Marrakesh) vacation of her own.
In the last post, I told y’all about Lagos and its beauty. We finally went kayaking and had a ball.
These were my side trip goons. L to R: Becca, Jo, me, and Gor!
The trip to Seville was 21 euros by bus. Let me repeat that. To take a bus from one COUNTRY to another, was 21 euros (~$23.69 at the time). I cannot recommend a visit to this gorgeous city, in the south of Spain, enough. The featured image above is of the Plaza de España which was breathtaking in person. The next three are some of the shots I took there.
One thing that Seville did a great job at preparing me for, was the temperature in Marrakesh. We took a flight to RAK and arrived late Saturday night. Our Riad was a nice long walk from where the cars drop you off. I am not exaggerating when I say that it was easily 115 degrees Farenheit in Marrakesh.
Unfortunately for us, we didn’t grasp the concept of exploring this wonderful city early morning and late evening/night. We suffered in the heat and only saw a small portion of it because it was simply unbearable for most of the day. Despite all this, we managed to buy carpets, oils, see mosques, and enjoy authentic, amazing Moroccan food.
Our vacation ended on August 9th, 2016. I was happy to be in Rabat. For one, it was much cooler than Marrakesh was, and I don’t have to be in transit for about…20 days!