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Trip Start Aug 22, 2007
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Tuesday, December 11, 2007

For so long the biggest, longest, most expensive trip I had planned was to Morocco. I knew  right  away that I needed to go there at some point this semester. Early on some girlfriends and I booked a trip with a company we heard highly of. It was expensive but we knew it would be safe. It was long, we had to skip class, but we knew it would be worth it. Finally, a few days before we left I started to get scared. Most of the news we hear in Spain of Morocco is not positive. Because of this fear though, I knew it would be worth it. That;s just how things seem to work. Fear tends to be proportional with reward. In all ways I was right. There were about 50 of us in total. We went to Fez, Rabat and the amazing Sahara Desert. The trip was long because it takes many many  hours in the bus to get to the Sahara. This is why it's great though because it is so vast, secluded, DESERTED :) It was great. The second night we finally made it there, first by riding in 4  x  4s then riding  camels under the stars. WOW. I have never seen so many stars. It was like someone pulled back a second set of curtains in the sky. They were so close and extended so far. We slept in a desert oasis that night. There were all these really nice Moroccans who ran the place and we all stayed up late that night dancing to the music they played. So wonderful. Another thing i will never forget- THE COLD. It was freeeeezzziinnggg. We fit 4 girls on two mattresses to utilize body warmth. Of course I had the crack between the mattresses:) Needless to say I didnt sleep very much, at all that night. At 6 in the morning we woke up- well in my case i just stood up:) to see the sunrise. Our oasis was right next to a huge dune so of course we set our sights on it. Man, that thing was tricky. We all started off very strong, overzelous literally running up its side. Little by little we slowed our pace- 10 steps then rest, 5 steps then rest. Eventually we all were passed out three quarters to the top talking about our potential heart attacks. With team work and encouragement we made it all the way up. I am so grateful we did. It was absolutly gorgeous and surreal. i couldn't believe what I was experiencing. The light, vastness and sun were just breathtaking. Afterwards we rode our camels again to a wonderful hotel. This place was great- Penelope Cruz and Matthew McConnahay stayed there when filming Sahara by the way. After a freezing night without sleep, and a body sore from climbing and camel riding the luxurious hotel was incredible. There are more parts of the trip that I could go into, but I think i am going to go to bed instead.
Basically it was just INCREDIBLE and so refreshing to e in a developing country again. That sounds kind of funny I know, but it's the truth. I've missed some things about Ecuador that I haven't found here in Spain, but i felt them in Moroco. I think one difference is the perspective it gives you. In spain it is so easy to get wrappe up in various petty things that can seem so important like finding a great christmas gift. In Morocco I felt like I gained a lot of clarity and gratitude. So in the end despite the distance, class, worries and price it was exhilarating, unforgettable and priceless.Hasta luego
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