Marrakesh: Moments to remember

 

Marrakesh was one of the most unique places I traveled to. First off, everything you see is very distinctive so it’s not difficult to tell that you're in Morocco. The red clay colored walls engulfs you as you navigate through the city. Rugs, silver lamps, and pashmina populate the streets which adds even more color to Morocco's palette. 

The people were extremely friendly. Although you need to watch out for those who try to find ways to ask for money, they still approach you in a friendly way. We were obviously tourists and I can't tell you how many times we were called Japanese. I noticed a lot of people would try to get to know you as a person before selling anything. They'd ask for your name and where you came from but always wished you safe travels in Morocco. 

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Palace Bahia

My favorite visit was Palace Bahia located in the heart of Marrakesh. It was a unique experience because its SO different from the city. The palace was so peaceful and every courtyard you enter, is completely different from each other. It is a detailed-obsessed photographer's haven. Entrance was only 5 Dirams so definitely worth every penny 

In Marrakesh, there are plenty of tourist excursions and I would highly recommend anyone who travel here to look into them. Mainly because there is only 'so-much' you can see in Marrakesh and so much MORE to see out of the city. We traveled to the Atlas Mountains and trekked up the mountains of snow. 

We sat down with a local Berber villager and her grand daughter after hiking through the mountains. The Berbers are indigenous to North Africa. Even with a language barrier, we shared peanuts, tea, and each other's comfort. There are moments when you can not think of a more raw and serene moment.

Along with the tour, we were able to ride on dromedaries (one-humped camels). Mine definitely had a slight temper and at one point, Kara's started to eat on my seat cover...

Our tight schedule forced us to do everything we could fit in two days. These two days will be remembered as the days where we climbed the atlas mountains, rode on one-humped camels, haggled like it was theatrical, and travled to Morocco.

Marrakesh is such a beautiful city and there is so much to see. Most who visit will spend 1-3 weeks here so make the time to stay longer if you have the chance.

Also, be sure to bring your bargaining game if you want to get a good steal of scarves or Berber ponchos! 

 

Best Natural Acoustics in the World

 

Hello lovelies! 

I'm in my last week of school now and its crazy how time passed so quickly. I see a reoccurring theme here: "where did all the time go?"

On a side tangent, I got to attend the Collateral Beauty pre-screening and it was really good. The concept was very well conveyed and everything was connected with the main and side characters. I would definitely recommend watching whether its by yourself or with family.

Now moving on to the real stuff. 

The Epidaurus theater was one of the best experiences I had when I went to Greece. We were fortunate to be the only group at the site so we had the entire theater to ourselves. This architectural phenomenon was not only breathtakingly huge but also faces the mountains.  

This theater was designed by Polykleitos and is known for it's amazing acoustics. It was designed at the center of the magnetic field so that it would prevent birds from flying over it. Because of it's design, even if you sat on the farthest seat, you could clearly hear a single clap from the center. I'm still baffled by how ingenious this is.  

Along with Epidarus, we got to see the Mycenaean Lion's Gate. It is a lot bigger than you would imagine and its very fascinating how the Mycenaean built this. Nearby, we were able to see the tomb of Agamemnon. The interior was dark, however if you went in the area of the tomb, you would see small dust-like specs flying quickly. My guess is that they are perceived as the spirits which gave an overall eerie feel.