Chefchaouen by Nicole Diaz from University of Iowa studying abroad on our Alicante, Spain program.
As we reached the city of Chefchaouen, we were all extremely excited for what we were about to experience. Looking out the windows we instantly noticed the absolutely stunning scenery with mountains and hills everywhere in sight. Once we arrived in the city, we took a walk around the medina and to see all the amazing little shops filled with hand woven scarfs, blankets, bags, you name it.
Touring “the blue city”
Later, we all ate dinner together at the top of traditional Moroccan restaurant with a beautiful view of the city. We were able to take a lot of pictures and enjoy a popular Moroccan dish filled with couscous, which is very similar to rice.
Medina in Chefchaouen
Dinner and views from a Chefchaouen restaurant
The next day we visited a place that was an association to help blind individuals work and make all sorts of different things such as blankets and tapestry’s. It was honestly incredible watching them make these things without them being able to see what they were doing. They had to do it just by memorizing motions and feeling around for the things that they needed.
Learning how blind people work in the association
After this, we went on a short hike up to a small mosque to see the most perfect view of the blue city.
We sat up there for a while and took a bunch of pictures of this incredible view. Later, we had some free time to walk around and explore different things on our own. The city was filled with bright blue walkways and houses everywhere, which is how it gets its nickname, “the blue city.” Just looking around the city it was amazing to see a different culture and how other people live their lives. Everyone was very friendly and always wanted to help, which was very comforting while being in a foreign city. It’s safe to say that Chefchaouen was an incredibly beautiful place filled with a lot of history and culture that we were all able to experience and enjoy.
Hiking to the mosque
– Nicole Diaz from University of Iowa