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Trip to the Roman Ruins of Volubilis

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This past week of school went by quickly! Of course, we were hit with a bunch of snow again, but it looks like this coming week is about to warm up to the mid-50's! On Thursday night this week, we went downtown to Ifrane for some tea at La Paix. However, after pushing Meryem's car up a hill once it stalled out, the car slid down a hill on ice and almost T-boned another car. Morocco does not use salt on their streets, so after the snow had melted and it got cold at nighttime, the street was an entire sheet of ice. Luckily, we avoided hitting the car when Meryem slid onto the sidewalk, but of course another car came and hit Meryem's car! Fortunately, everyone was okay. But unfortunately, we could not get tea that night.

On Friday night, I went downtown to Ifrane again. We planned on taking it easy this weekend since last weekend was full of travelling and exhaustion! In Ifrane we had sushi and then cheesecake for dessert. It ended up being a fun and relaxing night!

Saturday morning we woke up bright and early and eventually headed to the grand taxi station. From there we headed to Meknes, a city about an hour north of AUI. I gotta say, I love being able to escape the cold of the Atlas Mountains. As we drove north, the snow slowly disappeared and the palm trees popped up everywhere! Our taxi driver cracked us all up. On the way there, our taxi spun out of control on the ice and we had to get out to push it since it was stuck in the snow and mud. Later, we were stuck behind some traffic and he got out of the car in order to see what was going on and to tell everyone to clear his way. Once in Meknes, we went to a restaurant for some paninis and then got in another taxi to go to Volubilis.


Volubilis is a site of Roman ruins located outside of Meknes. Once we arrived, we were taken away by the perfect weather and the breathtaking view of the mountains. The clouds looked like they were painted perfectly in the sky and the mountains were like nothing I've ever seen before. My pictures cannot even do the scenery justice. The Roman ruins were amazing to see, and I loved the mosaics on the ground and the detail on all of the pillars. Volubilis was a beautiful place to explore.


After two hours spent at the ruins, we made our way back to Meknes. We got some coffee, tee, and pastries at a local cafe and then we were ready to come back to Ifrane. At the taxi station, there were some food stands. One of them had some sort of meat that Wendy and I decided to try. Later on, we discovered that we ate lamb intestines. Hey, you gotta try new things I guess. It wasn't all that bad!


Once again, this weekend has been full of adventures and I cannot wait to see what next weekend will bring!


Posted by htoberman 05:21 Archived in Morocco Tagged volubilis meknés

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