Traveling Like a Nomad in Morocco
By KEEN Ambassador Krystle Wright
One of the few things in life that we are guaranteed is change. It’s through change that I am challenged to continually evolve and learn to embrace the highs and lows of living as a nomad on the global road.
Typically with expeditions and adventures, there is thorough research and planning to make sure I am properly equipped. However, from time to time, I choose locations like Morocco that I don’t know a whole lot about, and I don’t even try to research too much. Perhaps that is questionable, but I get so excited when the plane touches down in a new city such as Casablanca. I desire that mystery, and ultimately the challenge that follows, to figure out day by day what to do and where to go.
Upon that initial stormy night in Casablanca, our small group rambled on in jet-lagged speech, when I suggested ambitiously that we do a road trip around the entire country in 3 weeks. We never know if we’ll get a chance to come back to these places, so why not get after it and experience as much as possible!
Our trip would weave through Morocco including the famous markets of Marrakech, Tafraoute and its painted rocks, the gateway to the Sahara via Merzouga, the famed rock climbing cliffs of Todra, the blue city of Chefchaouen, and Essaouira, the place where Jimi Hendrix wrote “Castles Made of Sand.”
We never know if we’ll get a chance to come back to these places, so why not get after it and experience as much as possible!
– Krystle Wright
There is an element of common sense to utilize, but the beauty of travel often reminds us to let down our guard and take a chance. When we rolled into Todra (aka Todgha) gorge, the valley was lined with markets and eager stall owners offering tea and bargaining for their trinkets. I grow weary of this constant presence and admittedly lose patience and retreat, but I was shocked to meet young rock climber Abdul this afternoon.
We had wandered into his stall where he offered rock climbing guides for the gorge. Immediately he asks where we are staying and our initial reaction is to tell him we are already sorted even though that was a lie. The conversation continued on, and we reluctantly agreed to go see his house. We drove up a dry river bed where the houses are built into the cliff, and we were quickly and easily convinced to change our minds and stay in Abdul’s wonderful guest house for a few nights.
I believe it’s important to travel without expectations and to be reminded of allowing new opportunities to redirect my path occasionally. I love the chance to reintroduce mystery to my life and forget the need to know absolutely everything via online resources because, ultimately, one can never know unless you are there experiencing it and creating your own unique path.