Marrakech is a soft introduction to the gates of Africa, with mazes of unnamed streets and busy markets enticing you to buy. For us, it was an opportunity for adventure, opposite of the ease and expectations of traveling through Europe that we were so accustomed to. After months of researching the cultural differences, I felt adequately prepared to encounter a travel shift - but I was in for a very rude awakening!
We stayed at the most incredible riad known as Riad Nomades, where our French hosts Pascal and Pierre gave us an unforgettable stay. Within the safety and serenity of the riad, we were served the most delicious meals and rested from the chaos that awaited us outside...
With that said, I probably won't ever go back to Marrakech because it encompasses everything I don't want in a vacation experience:
-An uneasy feeling
-Knowing I was being taken advantage of because I was American
-Inability to trust anyone, even for something as simple as directions
-Constantly being stared at, even while fully clothed
Now, everyone has their own experiences and this was simply mine. There are plenty of people who love visiting Morocco, but it just wasn't for me. Luckily the owners of Riad Nomades have a location in Bali and I look forward to staying with them again!