Beyond Expectations

I’m not sure what I expected. Maybe I expected a crowded street with exotic shops lining the corners, music pouring in from the surrounding area. I tried to keep expectations out of my imagination before going to Morocco, but I think sometimes that’s unavoidable, even if I didn’t realize I’d done it.

I didn’t expect what I found in that northern piece of Africa up against the Gibraltar. I found lush green land, mountains that towered royally against the cloudy sky, and pockets of white houses that were tucked against the side of the mountains. I knew that the Rif Mountains would be there before I went to Morocco, but for some reason, they took me by surprise.

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Some of my expectations weren’t horribly far off. The towns still were lined with shops, character and all. More character than I even thought to expect, especially Chefchaouen, the “Blue City.”

From M’Diq to Chefchaouen to Tangier to Tétouan, we experienced so much of Morocco.

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And yet nothing had prepared me for the absolute beauty of the Moroccan landscape.

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I was concerned, like most people are when traveling to the continent of Africa, about the food and water quality. There’s always that horror story you hear about someone getting sick after they’ve gone there, but as long as you’re careful, I don’t think there’s a ton to worry about. However, we did brush our teeth every night with bottled water, just to be safe.

The food was all very tasty, for those of you out there worried about that. But from my experience, be prepared to have flan for dessert…lots and lots of flan. I highly recommend the couscous and most definitely the mint tea! I was in love with that mint tea!

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I had a blast in Morocco, but I have to be honest that at least half of that was because I had some awesome people to spend the weekend with. Traveling is an incredible experience, but it is made so much better when you have great people to spend your time with.

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And of course……..

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I made friends with this guy!

Sometimes it’s okay to have expectations, even if you didn’t realize you had them.

If you’re lucky, your experiences will go beyond what you ever expected.

Jessie Huff is a student at Grove City College and an official API Student Blogger. Jessie is studying abroad with API in Seville, Spain.

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