Like many people, visiting all seven continents is on the top of my “Bucket List”. So far, I can cross off North America, South America and Europe. I didn’t realize until recently that not only will studying abroad give me the opportunity to explore more of Europe, but also give me the chance to cross another one of the big seven off my list. It never occurred to me that I could travel to another contingent during my time abroad but, like so many of my other planned excursions, the inspiration came from a friend.
Just a short two and a half hour plane ride from Barcelona lays the enchanting and bustling country of Morocco. Two of its largest cities are Marrakech and Casablanca. Morocco is one of the most historic and most important, because of it’s coastlines with both the Mediterranean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, countries in Africa. Casablanca is the economic capital of Morocco and is very cosmopolitan while Marrakech is known for it’s busy market square where people come from all over to buy food and goods.
Both cities are the home to two of Morocco’s most famous and largest Mosques, the Hassan II Mosque in Casablanca and the Koutoubia Mosque in Marrakech. These mosques are popular tourism sites for travelers and tower over the cities. These cities are also known by their nicknames, the “Red City” and the “White City” because of the colors of the buildings, structures and walls in the cities. Don’t believe me? See for yourself.