In Yunquera, we are very close to north Africa. From parts of the coast, you can even see Africa! Only 14 km. separate Morocco from Spain by the Straits of Gibraltar, in fact. But we’ve never been across the narrow strip of water to actually see it for ourselves.
We’ve been to other parts of Africa in the past – Kenya, Tanzania, South Africa. We had to fly a long way to get there, as a matter of fact! So we really have no excuse for not going now.
We are going for almost a week, spending a couple of days in Tangier, and a few in Chefchaouen (a couple of hours inland).
Tangier, of course, is on the coast, and is very cosmopolitan. Parts of it, so they say, still reek of Empire. I look forward to “rocking the Kasbah” there! Or even just a bit of light sight-seeing followed by gorging on couscous! I plan on checking out the shops for essential oils local to that part of the world – rose otto, neroli, cedarwood. Lovely in Lujos products!
Chefchaouen was formed by the Moors who were kicked out of Andalucia in the 1400’s. It supposedly still has an Andalucian feel to it. It is also in the mountains, about as high as Casa Tyr. So we are expecting it to be a nice blend of familiar and unfamiliar! It apparently is the marijuana-growing capitol of Morocco, although the sale or purchase of it is heavily punished. Luckily, it is not obligatory to partake just because you are staying there!
We are not convinced that the weather will be any better in Morocco, as it is so close us as the crow flies. But – at least we will see rain in a different place!