The End of the Road

In November I kept thinking I would settle down in Portugal, where many roads end at (or seemingly in) waves, as pictured above in Espinho, just south of Porto.

But before that, I wanted to go on one last mission – to Morocco:

Marrakech

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Emersing myself once more in an exotic culture. The shapes of Marrakech reminded of the setting of biblical stories

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Something is rotten in the kingdom of Morocco. A student protest is answered by heavy police presence

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Rainfall tempered the overly touristic atmosphere of Marrakech’s central square Djeema el Fna, whose name can be interpreted as the “congregation of the dead”

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Cliché Morocco

Essaouira

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Medina life

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This hostel is actually better indicated than most in the medinas of Moroccan towns. Faulty google maps locations add to the confusion

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Rooftop sunrise in Essaouira

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The medina awakens

Imsouane

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Imsouane is one of the longest waves in the area. Towering over they bay is a little mosque (left)

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It’s called a point break for a reason

Taghazout

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Anchor Point seen from Taghazout village

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Anchor Point on a bigger day. Ripper and photographer are both local talent – (c)  Rachid Africaspirit

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La Source

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One of too many tourists, here at Desert Point

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The best way to go on a Morocco mission

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Unfortunately, I failed to find a suitable van in Lisbon, and so I got these views only as a curious guest on this ideal vehicle from close to Vienna

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Offroad luxury version

Taghazout jobs

Taghazout jobs: “Car park management” and sales of traditional goods

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Locals playing soccer at low tide in Taghazout

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Tourism is unbearably strong in Taghazout, both for international crowds and Moroccan city dwellers

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Preparing a meal at home for 1.60 EUR

The South

If you decide to go south of Agadir, things become more authentic and less touristy. Mirleft and Sidi-Ifni are certainly worth a trip. The waves may not be as famous as Anchor Point & Co., but you get a lot less crowded peaks and a lot more of the Morocco you wanted to see. Get guiding from Bohcin in Mirleft, it’s very(!) affordable and your best way to find the best wave in any condition.

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On the road down south

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The old Kasbah ruins at Mirleft

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Mirleft

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Dinner at the local market

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No hen or egg problem here in this inland town shop: If you want chicken, choose yours, get the head chopped off and take it home

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Keeps the crows away, and the evil eye too

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A modern oasis? Tourism development projects will ruin the Moroccan coastline

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Bad luck with the surf in Sidi Ifni. Strong winds can be a problem in the south

The Atlas

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Apparently the Atlas had a bigger snowpack than the Tyrolean Alps last December

The Moon

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I guess this was it for now with my life enjoying the view from a blue moon

 

 

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