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16th May 2015
View near Aroumd village, Toubkal, Morocco

Our Moroccan adventure: Day 4 & 5 – Bye Toubkal, Bye Marrakech

What a luxury to be able to sleep until 8am! Well in my case it was more like tossing and turning in my sleeping bag – after being woken up by the flysheet flapping in the freshening wind, and then again by people getting ready for the summit attack, I can’t fall back to sleep. After breakfast in the refuge (bread, processed cheese and a good selection of jams) we pay our bill, pack the bags and set off for […]
12th May 2015
Metal piramid on top of Jebel Toubkal, Morocco

Our Moroccan adventure: Day 3 – Jebel Toubkal, 4167m

Did I just recently say that getting up at 5am is getting up early? Well, today our alarms ring at 4am, but we’re so excited about what lies ahead that nobody’s complaining. It’s a cold morning so we get out of our sleeping bags, dress up quickly and head inside for breakfast. It’s too early to be served breakfast at the refuge, so we feast on stale bread, processed cheese, Soreen loaf and semolina, washed down with black tea – […]
10th May 2015
Road to Toubkal, Aroumd village in the background, Morocco

Our Moroccan adventure: Day 2 – Imlil and Toubkal refuges

All five alarms ring in unison at 5am sharp and we scramble out of beds – it’s advised to be at the taxi rank early in the morning to find cheap transport to Imlil. It’s still dark when we get to Jamaa el-Fnaa, which looks totally different than the previous night; it’s almost deserted, there are only orange juice stalls and taxi drivers who, seeing a group of people with backpacks, surround us and offer a ride. Luckily they are […]
6th May 2015
Lamp shop in Marrakech, Morocco

Our Moroccan adventure: Day 1 – Marrakech

After several months of waiting, the time has come to leave the cold and wet Scottish spring behind and fly to the sun. The flight takes only four hours, but as the plane approaches the airport, we feel like we’ve arrived in a very different world. Everything is brown and dry, apart from the lush green of fruit plantations in the middle of the desert. The architecture doesn’t resemble European architecture in the slightest, with many buildings adorned with arches […]
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