Land Ho!

Allie and Crew have arrived in Africa…   Agadir, Morocco!

They are currently anchored offshore, waiting approval from the government to enter the harbour… apparently this is a normal delay!

Looks like they have an interesting schedule while here… have a look!

PS:  The picture is the main harbour at night…  I googled the expression expecting it to say “HOLLYWOOD”…   nope….  🙂

Allah Alwatan Almalik means Allah (God), Nation and King

And… from the ship…..

TIMBO!

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September 26 – Shore Leave all day from 0900 – 2000hrs (again, curfew in Agadir will be at sunset) Sept 27 – The crew will depart the ship at 0700hrs and head off to the town of Taroudant where they can sample some of the best orange juice in the world and explore the souks (markets) before continuing on into the mountains.  Arriving in the carpet producing town of Tazenakht for lunch they will dine on local tagine and visit a carpet co-operative. In the afternoon they will wind their way through the mountains to the date producing town of Agdz where they will look around before following a route along the valley lined with date plantations. The night will be spent at a hotel in the town of Zagora where they will have a traditional Moroccan dinner. Sept 28 – After breakfast the crew will head off toward the Sahara desert, stopping along the way in a pottery producing town called Tamegroute to see the traditional glazing process and pottery wheels as well as an old mud constructed Medina. Further down the road lunch will be held in a kasbah close to the ‘camel pick up point’.  The crew will get a camel riding lesson (not often you hear that), and then in pairs students will take turns riding their camel through the dunes to a Berber encampment with bedouin tents forming a huge circle around a massive firepit, with dining tent at the top of the circle.  That afternoon/evening the students will play in the massive sand dunes, have tea and dinner in the dining tent, and then listen to live Moroccan music and dance the night away around the bonfire.  It is an amazing and very surreal experience for everyone. Sept 29 -After waking up and watching the sunrise over the Sahara (a must do) students will return to the bus on camels and travel back into the mountains  That evening the crew will arrive in the mountain town of Talouine which is in the heart of the Moroccan saffron growing area. They will have dinner and spend the evening in a hotel catching up on sleep from dancing the night before! Sept 30 – After breakfast the crew hike up a wide, shallow river with a country guide to see saffron fields, olive groves and learn more about small scale Moroccan agriculture. Lunch back at the hotel before heading off in the direction of Agadir stopping at Taroudant, or ‘Little Marrakesh’ for a wander around the souks and any last minute souvenir shopping before arriving “back at home” for sunset.

 

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