Day two in Morocco and it’s even more beautiful than I could have ever imagined. We woke up early again and got ready for the day’s activity. We did a lot of internet surfing to find our morning cooking class. We chose La Maison Arabe’s class which ironically ended up being about 200ft from our riad.
One very unique thing about Moroccans is that they always host and hosting means…mint tea! My absolute favorite thing about Marrakech was that there was mint tea everywhere. A marriage between decaffeinated green tea and a fistful of mint. (for some this is a lot more than a fistful). We learned the ceremony of pouring the green tea and discarding the bigger ones, a theme that resonated throughout our trip. Landing during our first leg, I found out some sad medical news but being in Morocco reminded us that there are some things we can’t change.
So, on the menu that day: Mint tea ceremony, two salads, one hot, one cold. A chicken tagine, bathed in olives and herbs. Homemade Semolina bread. A coconut pastilla for dessert and lots of water!
After this, we went back to the souks of course! We finally made it to Jamaa El Fna this time. I should warn everyone there are a good number of snakes and snake charmers in the main square. Which I hated, obviously and panicked at the sight of them. Also, my hot tip for when you are in the square – absolutely get a fresh squeezed juice. I took the opportunity to get a bunch of purely pomegranate juices. Food is generally cheaper as well if you want to buy olives, cookies and spices as we did.
Our almost last stop that day – Medersa Ben Youssef, formerly a college founded in the 14th century and was allied by a mosque. I have to say this is one of the most beautiful stops for us and we sat for a long time taking it in. The tiny rooms that once housed students transport you to a different time and place.
We wandered a bit more through the souks, some of my favorite photos below…