Guys, have I ever been more obsessed with a place than I am Marrakech? Probs not. What a vibrant, lively, beautiful, crazy place filled with kind, outgoing people, with so many wonderful smells and bright colors.
I have been dying to go to Marrakech ever since we moved to Italy. Though we love traveling throughout Europe, there was something that just drew me to Marrakech — maybe it was the beautiful rugs that constantly popped up on my computer screen, or the flavorful food that I loved so much, but I have never been so aesthetically inspired by a trip. Everything, down to the concrete walls in the shower of our riad, or the hand-painted ceramic tiles lining the walls, or the beautiful colors found in the woven textiles sold in all the souks, inspired me in some way, to cook or make or live differently.
It didn't hurt that the weather was amazing (I have never been to the desert before and I am sold on the arid climate, y'all, and so is my hair) and the people were some of the most kind, patient and hospitable folks I ever met. We drank Moroccan mint tea with many of the merchants after making a purchase, just chatting and learning about each other in a leisurely way, appreciating such an old and respected custom. We talked to so many people of different backgrounds on our trip — people we sat by on the airplane or next to in a restaurant, or in the souks, and had so many conversations with perfect strangers that, in the end, we became what seemed like close friends.
Our first trip to Africa was such a success. It has inspired me so much to travel to non-Western locations and experience all that the world has to offer — especially if the people are as kind and the surroundings as beautiful as they are in Marrakech. I can't wait to share all that I learned about Marrakech with you!