Chefchaouen: Blue Morocco

Trip Start May 15, 2008
Trip End Jul 24, 2008

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Thursday, June 19, 2008

Our first stop in Morocco was Chefchaouen, a village high in the mountains.  It is known as one of the "Blue Villages", because the walls and doorframes are painted blue in order to keep mosquitoes away.  The blueness of the town as well as its perch in the hills, made it unforgettable.  Overall, I think that this was my favorite place in Morocco.
I was initially struck by how poor Morocco is in comparison with other places I've been.  I knew it wasn't up to European standards, but even compared with many places in Latin America (where they have at least cars instead of horses and donkeys) it seemed poor.  And to think that comparatively it is one of the richer countries in Africa.  It truly made me want to see more of the non-first world.
We were only here for a few hours, first exchanging out money, then walking through the medina and to the washing area in the mountains before settling down in the middle of town for a late lunch.  I'll let the pictures of Chefchaouen speak for themselves about its natural and man-made beauty and simplicity.
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