Morocco: Land of Tajine and Argan Oil
My recent trip to Morocco was my first foray into the African continent (apart from the fact that I was born and raised in Nigeria, of course. But since that’s home, it doesn’t really count). However, Morocco did not evoke feelings of being in the “Motherland,” other than some things like maneuvering through super crowded markets with narrow streets – that part was very reminiscent of home.
I was travelling with a large group of people, most of whom are of different racial identities. Surprisingly, I (and the other West African ladies) stood out in Morocco with my dark skin, and got called everything from “Black Sugar” (is that even a thing?) to “Serena Williams” to “Beyoncé. The point I am trying to make is that I was completely unprepared for this, and I wished someone had warned me about that. So this is my warning to you, fellow travelers and adventurers.
Morocco is beautiful! What struck me most about Morocco is the picture perfect landscape. The overall terrain is incredibly diverse and striking – you move from the stunning mountains to the sand-covered deserts all within short distance. I was blessed to witness this as we made the ultimate 3-day road trip from Casablanca to the desert through Ouarzazate and back to Marrakesh, and later Essaouira. In the interest of full disclosure, I should let you know that the drive was rough at times because of the narrow and windy roads, and the elevation in the mountainous regions, but it was worth it. I am happy for the experience, and would highly recommend it. Let the pictures below convince you:
The other striking aspect of Morocco, for me, is the architecture. Mostly, the tiles are just beautiful and so colorful. But all that architectural beauty paled when I stood in front of the Hassan II Mosque (the largest mosque in Morocco and 7th largest in the world) on my last night in Casablanca and Morocco. I am not sure that I have ever seen anything so beautiful. Yes, it is a mosque but I personally believe that all knowledge and all good things come from the Father so I can still appreciate the beauty in the architecture and stand in awe of the one true God for the bit of knowledge that He has given man to be able to create the structure. After all, “the Earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and those who dwell therein.” (Psalm 24:1). See below for pictures:
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