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I always had a desire to go to Morocco - its beauty and mystery left me with so much curiosity that I knew I needed to travel there myself. I had never been to a country where I knew so little about the culture, the history, and the way of life; it all seemed so foreign to me, which is why I think I was so attracted to it. I truly wanted to learn their way of life and to form unforgettable memories while exploring this beautiful country.
I will always remember my first night in Marrakech. I was on a rooftop cafe watching the sunset when it started: adhan, the call to prayer. At that moment I felt something inside me that was so powerful and moving, words cannot explain... it could only be understood by the soul. It was one of the most beautiful things that I have experienced while travelling. You could hear the prayer occurring all over the city, and at that moment, time seemed to stop. All I could feel was pure bliss. Throughout my travels, whenever I heard adhan, I was brought back to that night and paused to take in the moment. Needless to say, I was still in disbelief that I was finally in 'The Gateway to Africa'.
I've been to quite a few places so far in my life, but when asked the question, "what is the coolest thing you have experienced while travelling?" Morocco instantly comes to mind. One night in particular really stands out. Of all the amazing things I had the chance to do while I was there, leaving the busy city life of Marrakech to head to the countryside to spend the night in the Sahara Desert stands out the most. After driving through the windy roads of the Atlas Mountains and stopping for some kefta (a Moroccan minced meat) in a small village along the way, I eventually arrived at the edge of the Sahara. There is was: out of nowhere, huge sand dunes appeared. It was so surreal to be at the foot of the greatest desert on earth.
With the African sun beating down on me, I headed out by camel to where I would be spending the night. The sun was setting in the horizon, changing the sand to the most amazing orange colour I have ever seen. I had to stop to take in the moment and (of course) capture some images. Once arriving at camp, the sun had set and the stars started to appear. I wondered, Could this day get any more magical? After having dinner, I got to lay on a sand dune in the middle of the desert and stargaze. no city lights were present to pollute the sky, allowing you to see every star that night. I could have stayed there forever, laying there and looking up at space, trying to figure out life. It was a night that I will never forget, nor could I ever duplicate; it was one of those 'once in a lifetime' moments that I am so grateful to have experienced.
Reluctantly, I headed back to my tent to get some sleep. After all, I only had a few hours before the sunrise, and I wasn't going to miss out on that. At 6:30am, I woke up to the sound of my alarm, and walked out to the dunes to watch the sun come up. "Am I really in Africa right now? Watching the sun rise over the Sahara Desert?" These disbelieving thoughts were what popped into my head during this time. I'm a sucker for sunrises; there is something about being up at the crack of dawn and watching a new day start that is so marvellous to me. It is especially extraordinary when I can do so in a foreign setting. It was a tremendous way to end my time in the Sahara.
Among the many other things that I got to experience throughout my stay in Morocco, that definitely stands out the most. This was an opportunity that I couldn't pass up, even though it was so far out of my comfort zone that the thought of it scared me. I am terrified of bugs and let me tell you: the Sahara had some pretty creepy-crawlers that came out at night. Yes, it frightened me, but would I have changed it? Never, because it pushed me and helped me to face one of my biggest fears. I survived and am so incredibly happy and proud of myself that I did it. I encourage you to do the things that you have always wanted to do. Don't wait until it's to late. It's adventures like these that help you grow and open your mind to so many things that you never even knew were possible. Travel is my passion, and I hope I inspired you to go on an amazing, life-changing adventure of your own! Follow my travels on Instagram @kbsguidetotheworld.