I traveled to Morocco for four days with my friends and it was truly a life changing experience. We landed in Marrakech on Thursday morning and were dropped off at our Riad. A Moroccan Riad is a large traditional house built around a central courtyard, often converted into a hotel. We were greeted with traditional Moroccan mint tea on arrival. We toured the city of Marrakech all day, seeing the sights of Bahia Palace, Koutoubia Mosque, the Saadian Tombs, and explored the small streets of the Old Medina.
Through different blog posts and Instagram, we saw many photos of La Mamounia Hotel. La Mamounia is a world renowned hotel that has won many awards, and it is beautiful. We explored the hotel grounds and found breathtaking courtyards and rooms.
The next day, we woke up early and were picked up by our driver, Abdeljalil Bounit, who drove us over 7 hours through the High Atlas Mountains to the desert city of Zagora. We camped overnight in the desert, rode on camels, and experienced a night of Berber village singing, dancing, and music, delicious food, and awoke to a beautiful sunrise.
Throughout our journey, we became fast friends with Abdeljalil, Jalil for short, and shared many stories. Jalil is 24 years old and a Morocco native, from a small village outside of Zagora. We clicked instantly and found we had much in common. We discussed Moroccan and American politics, education, economies, social lives, cuisine, and more. Jalil allowed me to interview him, and I have a podcast of our conversation below.