Our epic expedition: The beginning

Trip Start Dec 12, 2010
Trip End Dec 16, 2012

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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

So far we had travelled for nearly 11 months, but not until now did we face our biggest challenge of all, a 9 month epic expedition from Gilbraltor to Cairo via Cape Town in an overland truck. This was to be an epic expedition, and it was only the beginning.
After flying into Gilbrator, from London, we met our tour group of 24 adventurers and our Aussie tour leader and driver, Kristy and Nev. We were then taken to our camp site that was actually in Spain and were treated with already put up tents, free cheap beers and wine, and dinner already cooked for us. What a great start to our epic expedition, but it was only the beginning!
Settling back into overlanding, we straight away realised that compared to our South America overland adventure, this trip was going to be epic. Stories of liquid poo, fly blown meat, being bogged in the desert and meeting the locals, we were a little warey, but still very excited. Our epic expedition had begun!
Shopping was to be a chore for cooking groups of 3. We would be given a budget for dinner and fruit for breakfast of 270 dirhams (about $33 AUD). It would become a challenge to budget and cook a meal with limited variety. We had been told stories about times when there might only be fly blown meat to choose from. Let the fun begin!
After Gilbraltor and Spain, our first stop in the great continent of Africa was Morocco. We set up camp in Chefchauoen and soon explored the town. Wandering through the alleys of blue and white buildings and browsing the markets of carpets, tagines and evil eye souvenirs, we instantly fell in love with this town.But this was just the beginning!
Back to overlanding, we were put into groups of three and it didn't take Shaun long to find his travelling buddies, Goober (kiwi) and Garrett (Canadian). These three decided to combine as a cook group, calling themselves 'The Three Ameatos'. But that wasn't enough. When exploring Chefchaouen, then searched for cooking and drinking costumes. The costumes of choice were the local Jallabas, a full length male dress with a pointy hood, making them look like wizards.
Back to camp equipped with their 'wizard' suits, the boys and the rest of the group had a reason to celebrate, as it was Shaun's 30th birthday. Yes, Shaun had finally turned 30 and it was a good excuse for us to play the drinking game of 'wizard sticks'.
If you are unfamiliar with the game 'wizard sticks', don't worry it is easy to catch on. Drinking cans, you have to continue to stick your cans together and tape them to your left hand, while proceeding to drink until your 'wizard stick' is the same height as you. This is when it is acceptable that you stop drinking.
So as you can imagine, the game got messy, but 'the three ameatos' were successful and Shaun had a wonderful birthday. The night was epic, but we were on an epic expedition, and this was only the beginning. I am sure much more epic drinking, and down right roughing it is to come!
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