It has been a wonderfully long and adventurous three weeks, but I am back to my new home and I am very much looking forward to this new experience awaiting me in London. Adam and I arrived on Friday, under some not so great circumstances. Adam was very sick, our camera had been stolen the previous night, and we received some sad family news on top of that.
I left you all hanging before we left for the beaches in Spain (which were AMAZING) and Morocco. Our overall thoughts on Spain was.. hmm.. I guess.. underwhelmed? We did have so much fun together, and the sights were really great, but some of the people and places we encountered were not what we were expecting. Because we didn’t speak the language it was very frustrating at times, and out of all the places we went where English was not the native language, we found Spain the least accommodating to better help us in our travels. However, we did have some amazing times and laughs, and grew as a couple here as well. In stressful times we are getting better at working together instead of one storming off and screaming and looking like a donkey (referring to myself here).
We also travelled to Gibraltar during this portion, which was definitely a highlight for us both and one of our favorite times spent during our trip. We originally went here because it is the only place in Europe where you can find monkeys (obviously only Adam and I would seek this out…which is why we are animal spirit soulmates..in case you didn’t know). We took a tram car thingy (yes that is the technical term) up the mountain where beautiful, furry, and playful monkeys awaited us….. Okay… they should not advertise this, as most of the monkeys were overweight and therefore fatigued, and some looked as though they had been street fighter monkeys all there lives and Adam and I were just waiting for them to pull out their do rags and switch blades and jump us…
haha no, in all seriousness it was really neat to watch them interact with one another, jump on tourist ladies backs (Adam and I were enjoying this probably a little too much), and see their true personalities come out. I did end up getting bit by a small one (of course I did, and I secretly loved it) because Adam was egging me on to get closer to it. It honestly pulled a friggin’ George of the Jungle on me and swung onto my back using my hair as leverage and bit my arm. It didn’t break the skin, thankfully, and I know he only did it out of playfullness. So that was fine. We did have an awesome picture of the monkey mid-bite, but of course that is gone now that that bastard stole Adams camera.
We also went dolphin hunting while in Gibraltar and that was also wonderful. There were SO many wild dolphins, like 100s, and there were various types and lots of mothers with babies as well. So basically Adam and I were in animal heaven for these few days, and enjoyed our time there immensely.
From Spain we went to Morocco, and after a long 10 days in hell country, we were SO excited to be going here. We spent the first day/night in Marrakech. This city is so full of energy, so lively, very beautiful, yet scary at times. There are people constantly coming up to you and trying to sell you things and show you to your hotel for money. This was fine in the beginning because it’s all part of the experience, but on our last night, which also happened to coincide with the end of Ramadan, it was not so fun. We saw so many things in the markets there, street performers, snake charmers, women doing Henna tattoos, millions of clothes, all kinds of foods (boiled goat and sheep heads were common) and the list goes on. It was really cool to see the city and how the people live in that area and what it has to offer, but I can safely say, I never need to go back to that place again.
After Marrakech we wanted to get out of the city, so Adam and I travelled to the Sahara desert, which was a two day in car journey, and we saw LOTS of beautiful scenery on the way. They have so many Kasbah’s all over Morocco and they are so beautiful to see. (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kasbah) Go there to see what I am talking about, as I have no photographic evidence to show you myself. All along the way to the desert we saw traditional nomads who live in the mountains, lots and lots of sheep and goat herders, wild camels, and amazing sights as well. We drove through to Atlas mountains which was great, a bit scary at times because of all the sharp turns and windy roads but when we finally arrived in the desert, it was soooooo worth the long car rides and semi car sickness. The Sahara is absolutely beautiful. It is so enormous I can’t even begin to describe it to you. We rode camels to our camp, which was a lot of fun, but Adam didn’t enjoy that as much as I, taking our genetic make up in to account….. if you catch my drift… The ride was about 2 hours there and 1 and a half on the way back in the morning. I took a video of myself blogging on the camel, but it is being difficult to load so I will keep trying. But I did get to hump and blog at once.. ha… see what I did there??
We camped under the stars and ate some delicious food (the food there was my favorite of all places… go picky Justine!) and experienced some great music as well from our guides. We awoke at 5:30am to watch the sun come up, and that was probably one of the greatest things I have ever experienced. Sitting with Adam in the sand, in the Sahara desert, watching the sun come up… ahhh life is good. We made our way back after that on the camels and after that we drove for about 10 hours back to Marrakech for one last night before we flew home in the morning. We got back much later than anticipated and there were honestly thousands of people in the streets celebrating the end of Ramadan. This would have been nice if we didn’t have our packs with us, and if Adam’s camera wasn’t stolen. However, we are getting over that because we truly did have the most amazing trip and we had SO much fun together.
Now I am settled in a house for a week and then I have to find somewhere else. I have a bed, and I am so close to the Tube for work this week so all is good. I am working 5 days a week at the same school so that will be great, getting comfortable with the area and the school will be nice. Adam left for the airport a couple hours ago, and I am doing okay. Better than expected actually. Initially I felt like someone ripped off my arms and beat me with them, but I know we will be okay, and I am a very very lucky girl to have someone who is so supportive and encouraging and painfully good looking.
I will leave you with some pictures to help your eyes feel better after reading this ridiculously long post…