Stepping Across Continents--Europe ➠ Africa

Trip Start Aug 28, 2010
Trip End Jan 10, 2011

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Friday, October 8, 2010

Our trip to Morocco started with the longest bus ride known to man! We boarded the bus at Saint Louis University, Madrid Campus at 11pm and drove to the southern most tip of mainland Spain, Tarifa. We arrived at 7 in the morning...needless to say, we didnt get much sleep on the bus. It didnt matter to us though, we were all too excited to get to AFRICA!
We meet our group leaders at the ferry terminal. My, Adam's, and Sarah's group leader was named Collen. She had been in the peace corps in Morocco and was currently living there and working for Morocco Exchange (the company we were booked through). Collen was fluent in Darija, or Moroccan Arabic. We loaded ourselves onto the ferry and took our seats. The sun was just coming up and we could see the mountains on the african coast. It was GORGEOUS. As Collen told us what to expect in Morocco, the ferry pulled away from the dock and we began to cross the STRAIGHT OF GIBRALTAR! 
The top deck of the ferry we probably one of the most windy places I have very been. We spent almost the entire time up there; taking picture, taking to friends, and discussing our possible impending kidnapping! KIDDING.....kinda. It was awesome though. Crossing the straight allowed us to see both africa and europe from the middle of the straight. The ferry ride only lasted 40 min and we docked in TANGER!
Once we got off the boat and went through the not-so-secure security, we heading to the Darna Womens Shelter for lunch. The shelter was set up to teach women such things as computer science, sewing, and language and to get them back on their feet. While they were cooking us lunch, we walked around the Tanger market and did a little shopping. It was crazy to say the least. Chickens running around, spices, herbs, and meat everywhere. Clothing and everything you could want to buy was there as well. 
We headed back to the shelter for lunch. It was amazing. We then had some time to meet with the women and talk to them about Morocco. After about an hour, we headed out to meet our bus to head to Asiliah. We got a suprise on the way to the bus however, and witnessed an old man get hit by a car. This concluded our stay in Tanger! haha 
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