Beautiful memories

July 29, 2019 | Oumaima, Major in Criminologyand Minor in Women's Studies, Morocco, Forum of Federations

Interning in Morocco for three months was incredibly a beautiful experience. As mentioned in my last blog, I was born in Morocco so completing this internship in my homeland is something that I looked forward to. The first two months here were hard because I had to adapt to a new work environment and a new culture even if I am originally Moroccan. Everything here is different from back home. The culture, the traditions, the norms, the mentality, the lifestyle and the people here. I’ve been able to travel during my days off to different parts of Morocco. Every trip was just an unforgettable and I’m happy I had the chance to explore my native land.

After visiting Northern Morocco, I wanted to travel somewhere where I can get lost in nature and get out of the city. My cousins and me planned a day trip to Ouzoud Falls which is the collective name for several tall waterfalls that empty into the El-Abid River gorge. This popular tourism destination is located near the Moyen Atlas village of Tanaghmeilt, in the province of Azilal, 150 km northeast of Marrakech, Morocco. I was always stunned by the nature in Morocco but part of me didn’t want to go because I have motion sickness and I can’t stand long car rides. Ouzoud Falls are approximately a four hour (250km) drive from Casablanca. We left early in the morning and we made several stops to take pictures and just enjoy the beautiful view of the mountains. Once we arrived to Ouzoud, a tour guide showed us the way through the mountains to see the falls. It was approximately 45 minutes of hiking. Walking up and down hills was yet exhausting and magnificent. I would’ve never knew that the nature here is breathtaking. There were many trees and small waterfalls. The smell of the water and the nature was definitely something I enjoyed during this trip. When we arrived at the bottom of the falls, alongside a beautiful view, we had a delicious Moroccan chicken Tajine ; slow-cooked stews braised at low temperatures, resulting in tender meat with aromatic vegetables and sauce. They are traditionally cooked in the tajine pot, whose cover has a knob-like formation at its top to facilitate removal. After our meal we explored around the city and bought some souvenirs for friends and family. After exploring we drove to a small island near Ouzoud. The water was crystal clear blue and we went on a boat ride. We started driving back to Casablanca around 6 pm and I took the train back to my apartment in Rabat at 10:30 pm.

This trip was so much fun and I enjoyed every moment with my cousins. I absolutely loved the nature in Morocco and I’m definitely going to travel to other parts of Morocco in the future. Travelling helped me stay positive during my internship and I was able to create some beautiful memories with my loved ones.

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