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After leaving at 12:30pm from school on Friday, Nikita, Darron, Scott, & I finally arrived in Marrakech at 10:30pm that night. We were grumpy, tired, and starving after a long train ride! When we arrived, our hostel ended up being too far away from Djemaa el Fna, which is the center square and market place in Marrakech. So instead we stayed at a beautiful hotel with the rest of the 11 exchange students from AUI.
In the morning, we went to breakfast, bought our bus tickets, scheduled a new hotel for the next night, and then headed to the Photography Museum of Marrakech. Afterwards we went through the souk. Once again, the narrow streets were filled with shops full of lamps, shoes, bags, and more!
In the souk we went to this one shop that sold argon oil, spices, dyes, and all-natural medical products. The salesman of the store cracked jokes & hit on a British lady. He showed us all of his products and let us smell and test everything! The amber soap smelled delicious and it is used in place of perfume since perfume contains alcohol. My favorite product was the black seeds. He placed a handful of black seeds in a pouch, placed it up to our nostrils and told us to breath in. Instantly our sinuses were cleared and we were all amazed!
In the square, Djemaa el Fna, there were snake charmers, men with dressed-up monkeys on leashes, people selling toys, tajines, and drums, children playing, a fishing game to win bottles of pop, and many more people and activities! We all enjoyed many glasses of freshly squeezed orange juice and grapefruit juice from the fruit stands throughout the square! Walking through the crowds we got some interesting compliments - such as the Spice Girls, Lady Gaga, Shakira, and even an awkward poke in the butt. A man came up to us and put snakes around our necks. The worst part is that they expect Americans to tip and they got one of the exchange students to pay 200 MAD just for snapping a photo! Some of the store owners were fun to bargain with; however, there were plenty of people that were reckless when it came to bargaining!
Later we went out to eat at a cafe. My favorite part about the restaurants in Morocco is that you can sit on the rooftops and enjoy the view of the city. I was really looking forward to seeing the mountain landscape behind Marrakech, but unfortunately it was too foggy to see the mountains!
That night we went to 555, a night club in Marrakech. There were a ton of old people there, but us internationals still hit up the dance floor!
The next day we shopped a little bit more and spent the rest of the day resting in the mall food court because we were exhausted! Finally, at 12:00 am, on my birthday, Nikita and I got on our bus and headed back to AUI. After sleeping for most the bus ride, we made it back to school at 7:20 in the morning before classes. Overall, it was an exciting, yet very tiring, weekend!