I’ve experienced many memorable things in my travels but nothing shocked my senses as much as our trip to Marrakech, Morocco. The sights are so vivid, the sounds are nonstop, the smell of new foods is always in the air. If only that same food hadn’t made me sick to my stomach.
Marvels of Morocco
There are times when culture shock isn’t much of a shock at all for me. When you’re visiting a city for the first time, it’s usually with excitement and curiosity. That’s how I felt about our trip to Marrakech. I was thrilled to be visiting Africa for the first time and couldn’t wait to see what was in store.
That said, I can honestly say that what I felt in Morocco was definitely culture shock. The sights, sounds, colours, language and people were nothing like I had encountered in travels past. I felt so out of place while at the same time blending right in to the local crowds with my dark hair and tanned skin.
The bright colours are what I felt to be the most memorable. If I had to describe Marrakech in one word, it would be vibrant. The spices, fabrics, tiles and flowers come in every colour under the sun. All of the market stalls are so beautifully arranged and so a visit to the souks brings window-shopping to a whole other level.
You’d be hard pressed to find piece and quite among the bustle of the city streets and markets. But there’s something comforting about the constant noise too. I had never heard an Islamic call to prayer before but the first time I heard it over the speakers, I felt like the whole city was united.
What ended up making me sick was likely a food bug of some sort. That and the constant rain put a bit of a damper on the trip (pun intended) but even then, I can’t wait to go back and experience more of the marvels of Morocco.