04.07.2011 - 05.07.2011 80 °F
Sorry for the delay in blogging.
Today was one of our longest tourist days yet. From 5 am till midnight we were touring! We are staying in a small beach town in southern Spain, closest to Malaga. We drove to Tarrifa to take a ferry to the tip of Morocco, Tanger. It ended up that we drove to the wrong port and had to drive 30 miles in 20 minutes to make the ferry. We barely made it and had to run to get aboard the ferry. When we stepped off the ferry in Tanger it was breathtaking to be in Africa! To me Africa is the most exotic place we have been on the trip, even though Morocco has influence by Europe it is still Africa! Our first stop was at the point where the Mediterranean and the Atlantic Ocean Connect. Our guide told us that is told that there is a line that fisherman can see out in the water dividing the two bodies of water. It was beautiful scenery. Then we rode camels- it was so crazy! Here we are in Africa riding camels- just like in the movies except it was on the beach! The camel I rode was named Sabrina, the only other name I remember is Morgan’s- Ali Baba. They were actually pretty cute animals. After the camel ride we walked around the “new” town and the old town. After a wonderful lunch at Kasbah Restaurant we walked through the meat and fish market. It was very interesting- let’s just say that we saw the parts of animals that you see in the ‘ground up meat sealed in a box’ part like in America. There was actually a full cow just skinned that a man was carrying on his sweaty back into the market- very sanitary! ☺ We ended our day walking back to the ferry station to leave at the 7 o’clock ferry to Tarrifa. We had a wonderful day on our African Adventure! Gibraltar was on the way back to our hotel so we decided to stop for dinner. Gibraltar is actually part of England. We had to show our passports to even get in! So in 1 day we visited 3 countries- Spain, Morocco and England which is a record for us. Morocco sort of reminded me of a lite version of Southeast Asia- it had markets and culture!
Also today we saw first hand how skin color can affect how you are treated. We being American, got special treatment. When there was a long line for customs an officer pulled us aside briefly looking at our passports and let us through. On our way back we all had a big bag full of souvenirs- and might I add it wasn’t an average bag it was quite sketchy looking- we walked right through when other people had to have there whole bag checked! It was really hard to see and to imagine if I was Arab and got different treatment then others! I would be upset.
Besides that -Today was a really nice day!