27 Oct Our first anniversary in the desert
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The hair combing ceremony, picking up the wedding dress, hopping onto the plane, checking in at Alila Uluwatu, walking down the aisle, saying our vows, taking photos by the infinity pool and having a massive party with everyone who matter to me… Everything seems like it only happened yesterday. Now here I am, a year later, seating in Madrid airport writing about this after spending two weeks in Morocco on our honeymoon/anniversary-moon looking back at what a year it has been after surviving weddings in four destinations (Bali, Hong Kong, Penang and Australia) to start off our journey together.
This guy is everything. He is as weird as I am. He is probably the only one who laughs at my jokes. He lets me be who I am. He supports me on things that he might not agree. He believes in me. He thinks I am beautiful. He doesn’t show affection to Oscar but I know he loves him. He lets me dream and will never say I am crazy. He goes to markets with me even though he hates it. Where can you find such a good husband? I’ve got one and his name is Jared 🙂
I wrote a few blog posts about our times in Morocco but this blog is dedicated to our four day Marrakech to Fes tour with Wild Morocco. We rode camels and star gazed in the desert on our first anniversary, hopefully we will be dog sledding and watching aurora next year.
After saying goodbye to Hassan, our host at Dar Attjamil in Marrakech, we meet our driver Salah at Bab Laksour. In the next four days, Salah will take Jared and I on a 4×4 up the mountains, down to the desert and arrive in Fes. We drove up to the high atlas and reached 2260m Tizi n’ Tichka in 3 hours. The road wasn’t bumpy but driving up the hills took a long time.
Moroccans eat a lot of prickly pears, a fruit that I once bought but didn’t know what to do with it. Little did I know it’s grew out of cactus!! They were just growing everywhere on the side of the road throughout Morocco. I didn’t get to try them but at least now I know what it is!!
Salah drove us to Kasbah Glaoui in Telouet. Kasbah is a place where local leaders or wealthy people used to live. Each kasbah should have high walls and four corner towers for monitoring and security.
We spent a night at Caravane near Ait Ben Haddon. I wasn’t sure about this when we got dropped off in the middle of no where but once you walk in, you are in a stunning restored kasbah owned and decorated by French owner Andrea. She said it took her five years to restore and has been operating for two.
Visited the UNESCO World Heritage Site. Salah dropped us off for a photo but we went missing for 2 hours!! We wanted to go inside but first we have to cross this muddy river. A few locals offered to help us crossing and take us in. Long story short, we followed a guy who apparently lives in the village, he gave us a tour, showed us his house, offered us tea and sold us a beautiful rug that his sister has made! While Morocco is not the most backward country in the world. But seeing villages like this and being in Morocco really makes me feel very privileged to have what I have, the things I know, the places I have travelled and the ability to create the life that I want. That’s the beauty of travelling right? To explore what’s out there, to experience, to feed the soul and to appreciate what you have!
The day I have been waiting for is here!!!!!! Spent most of the day driving to Merzouga and arrived at the camp at 5pm!! Jared and I decided to opt for the deluxe camp option where we have a proper bed, our own bathroom and toilet and our camp being a little further away from the main camp to make it more private. The camp has eight tents and the day we were there, only four tents were occupied so we only had 8 people for the night. The last few days in Morocco had been raining and that was the one thing I hope not to happen in the desert. Salah said he would kept praying Inshallah for us, meaning God Willing. It worked!!!! There were minimal cloud in the sky, warm weather but not hot and wasn’t windy, the weather just couldn’t get better than this! Two New Yorkers who were there the night before and told us there was the worst sandstorm and everyone had to hide under one tent for the night, lucky we dodged that!
Wild Morocco was nice enough to offer us a bottle of champaign to enjoy at sunset to celebrate our anniversary, then it was dinner in the tent where we had our favourite soup harira again!!! After dinner, everyone gathered around the campfire playing drums, dancing and singing, berber style!
I stayed out taking photos of the stars trying to make some star trails. The weather was warm enough to stay out all night but I am scared of lady bugs (they are huge there by the way) crawling over me over night so I eventually went to bed at 2:30am. Part of me just really didn’t want to sleep because that star ocean in front of me was just beyond magical!!
The last day was pretty much 9 hours of solid driving getting us to Fes. Four days went by so quickly but I have a 32GB memory card full of memories! Now we’ve completed our first marriage year featuring Morocco, let’s see where we’ll end up next year. Cheers to forever!