Travel

Coming to a close ?

By on October 1, 2016

The above pic is me eating a snail, Moroccan style. It was delicious!  And a bowl for about $1.

I’m writing this post from the 5* hotel in Marrakech. From the poolside actually. We have officially finished the group tour and have one last day here to spend together in luxury (African luxury mind you).

African luxury is similar to Mexico luxury.

African luxury is similar to Mexico luxury.

Casablanca

First, Casablanca is named that because there was an earthquake here and everything was destroyed except for one White House.  That’s a cool story.

You might think this town would be super cool.  But it wasn’t. We had one night in Casablanca and that was enough.

We had a lunch in a market with locals.  We ate with our hands and this is what we ate:

Those are deep fried fish that still had heads and scales and bones. It was like being on Alone. They were surprisingly good.

Those are deep fried fish that still had heads and scales and bones. It was like being on Alone. They were surprisingly good.

After lunch we headed for the beach.  At the beach we found disappointment mostly.  You cannot go in the water and the hotels and bars were not that great.

The next morning we toured a mosque and that was the first Muslim church I’d been in-so very interesting.

After the tour we got on the train to Marrakech

Marrakech

Just one thing about the train ride-the bathroom.  I don’t think it’s ever been cleaned.  Ever.  It was the most disgusting bathroom I’ve ever been in.  And you probably saw the picture with the hole on toms Instagram.  This one was worse.  Imagine peeing while not touching a single thing-start to finish.

Marrakech has a great vibe.  We hit the square for a local immersion experience.  We ate at a food tent with the group and then had some free time to hang out with the locals.

eating with the group in a market in Marrakech. It was delicious!

eating with the group in a market in Marrakech. It was delicious!

This is the hopeful face one makes when eating unknown food. This was something that resembled African pouting without gravy but with eggs and mayonnaise.

This is the hopeful face one makes when eating unknown food. This was something that resembled African poutine without gravy but with eggs and mayonnaise.

Walking around the square there are ladies who would love to paint you with henna.  I made the mistake of making eye contact with one.  She grabbed my hand and started painting on me.  All while I was saying NO NO NO.  Then I resigned myself. She wanted me to pay 450 MAD and I paid her 50 and we both went away angry.

This is the nicest this henna job looked. Now it looks like some sort of horrible freckle.

This is the nicest this henna job looked. Now it looks like some sort of horrible freckle.

We toured around Marrakech and looked at some tombs, another mosque and another palace. Then we hit the Souk (shops).  Toms big line was “this souks”.  <insert guffaw>

The shopping was pretty great.  The people were super nice and bartering is the name of the game.

these shoes are everywhere! And while I would never give them a second look at home, I considered picking up a pair. #marketing

these shoes are everywhere! And while I would never give them a second look at home, I considered picking up a pair. #marketing

It is pretty difficult to find alcohol in Morocco so we had a lot of water at lunch and when out to eat.  Tom even ordered a coke once!

This says Coca Cola in Arabic.

This says Coca Cola in Arabic.

We could pick up wine in the supermarket-sometimes.  We have a very good story to tell about the taxi guy who only spoke French and my franglais getting us a bag of warm Heineken dropped in the front seat like a drug deal.  Yes, Tom was totally freaked.

Just had to go to Morocco to find the fine "Beauvallon" wine. Made in Morocco.

Just had to go to Morocco to find the fine “Beauvallon” wine. Made in Morocco.

 Grateful

Tomorrow Tom returns to Victoria and I will head off on my own to Sri Lanka.  We have had a wonderful month of traveling and experiencing new things.  There were only a couple times he got on my nerves-and I’m pretty sure I never annoyed him once.

Im super grateful that we were able to have this trip together.

And now the reality of traveling on my own is smacking me upside the head.  I’m sure it will be fine.  Right?  Just a quick little 17 hour travel day for me tomorrow.

In conclusion, I’m also grateful to be alive today.  I nearly stepped on a snake yesterday in the square trying to take a picture of a different one.  My heart just stopped racing.

Saved this pic to the end so auntie Sheryl would read the whole post.  Do you see the 3rd snake.  Well there is a 4th one right by my shoe.

Saved this pic to the end so auntie Sheryl would read the whole post. Do you see the 3rd snake. Well there is a 4th one right by my shoe.

Also shout out to Rochelle and Kelsey on their wedding today! I will be thinking of you guys and missing out!!!

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10 Comments
  1. Reply

    Karen Olson

    October 1, 2016

    Loved reading about your and Tom’s travels and I look forward to part 2 of your great adventure. Yes, you’ll be fine. Knowing you, you’ll meet all kinds of interesting, awesome people. But do keep posting so we know that you’re alive and well! Miss you tons!

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    Annette

    October 1, 2016

    LOL about your market experiences but it looks like it was all worth the 50+ MAD 😉 I agree – you will be MORE than fine – you got this! And you got an excited audience to keep posted so adventure away!

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    Aunty Sheryl

    October 1, 2016

    Thank you Kerri for keeping “the worst” for “the last” as they say – and I have to admit I had the feeling it was coming so by the time I got down there I just kept my eyes focused on the words and kept the picture out of view. I honestly don’t know what I would do if I was put in that position (seeing snakes out in the open like that) what a way to wreck a day – I’m sure I’d even have trouble sleeping – again I can’t imagine – it sucks to be that frightened by something.

    Now I have to ask, “are you sure Tom can’t change his mind and continue on with you for this adventure?” I’d feel soooooo much better. I know your independent and all that, but I’m sure he’d be willing to carry your bags ?? You make sure you keep in touch “often” as we’ll all be patiently awaiting your updates.

    PS – uncle Louie said you look like you’ve lost weight – and I know you will love hearing that – he thinks it’s the food ?

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    Tom

    October 1, 2016

    I have been blessed with 30 days of incredible adventure with a strong , confident , hilarious , beautiful and vivacious to the core travelling companion. To say I am thankful understates the true volume of my gratitude. Merci , Grazie, Gracias, Shakran ❤️?

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    Kim (Lolita)

    October 1, 2016

    Wow!! What an adventure Morroco has been! I would assume that you have seen and experienced so much that what you do post is just the “tip if the iceberg”. Thank you for sharing!! ??❤

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    gtk

    October 1, 2016

    You’ll do great little buderika. No worries. You’re smart…enough….to not get into too much trouble. Move on and move forward, lightly now with less baggage. Lol…..kidding Tom. Love ya!

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      Tom

      October 1, 2016

      FYI GTK We named Kerri’s bag ” The Behemoth” so the Morrocan pack ?(me) needs a break.

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      Kerri

      October 2, 2016

      Thanks buds. Can you believe the wine?!

  7. Reply

    Mom

    October 3, 2016

    I have to admit Kerri – it’s hard being a Mom listening to your daughter talk about how close she was to being bit by a snake. You are a very courageous and driven person, and you will be fine on your own, but I will be thinking of you constantly and sending positive energy and prayers.
    Kudos for being so open-minded and eating some of that food, and bonus that you liked it! So interesting you found Beauvallon wine in Morocco!
    We missed you at the wedding but Maddie tried her best to fill in for you.
    Looking forward to your next post! Love you!

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      Kerri

      October 3, 2016

      Mom, I probably exaggerated a little on the snake thing. No worries!!

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