February 19, 2013

The blue streets of Chefchaouen

Morocco, as in the African country was visited by my dear friend Hannah (check out her blog here) and I this past weekend in a large group of 110 college aged Americans. It was crazy, fun, educational, and very sleep depriving trip. 
All these pictures were taken on Saturday in the town of Chefchaouen. We had a guided tour by the most passionate english, spanish and arabic speaking man, pictured below. He told us all about how there use to be Jews, Christians and now Muslims and how you can still see some of the remnants of them. The streets were all painted blue, which was so beautiful but also had a very specific purpose. Originally the blue indicated the Jewish part of town but now they paint the streets blue 3-4 times a year to keep the heat in during winter and the cool in during the summer. Every corner you turned you saw the most beautiful street but then you were surprised when you came upon another street even more beautiful then the last. 
Very few of the people on the trip had been to third world country in Africa so there were lots of new experiences to be had for all....example odd toilets. But the most interesting thing to most of us, and was reinforced time and time again, was that Morocco is a Muslim nation, however women are not forced to wear the head scarfs and all are allowed to receive a free education through college. It was an amazing experience! I highly recommend going to experience Morocco and/or Africa.

Much love,

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