Location: Agadir, Morocco
After a good night’s sleep, Argo’s crew woke up bright and early in Terres D’amanar, crawling out from under cozy, colorful wool blankets to welcome another busy day exploring the Atlas Mountains. The first stop of the morning was the breakfast tent: a huge structure with tapestries hanging along the walls and Berber carpets blanketing the floor. The tent boasted an epic breakfast with made-to-order omelets, traditional Moroccan breakfast bread, fruit, coffee, and — of course — Moroccan mint tea. After breakfast, the crew split up into several groups. Some went back to the main complex, which included a swimming pool to hang out in the mid-morning sunshine and get some R&R. Others wanted to explore the mountainous terrain and went hiking on some of Terres D’amanar’s many trails with a guide. The final group headed up to the activity center, where they conquered Africa’s longest zip line. Following an eventful morning, everyone reconvened at a restaurant on the other side of the creek for kebabs and tagine before heading back to the bus to start the long drive back to Agadir. After four hours on the road, students were welcomed back aboard by a pork roast with mashed potatoes, spinach, and gravy (maybe not typical Moroccan fare, but tasty nonetheless!). Following cleanup, we all got dressed in our best Halloween costumes, making good use of the paper pumpkins, cobwebs, and plastic skeletons we put up before leaving for Marrakech. In celebration for Halloween, we’re going to have a costume contest with candy rewards. I, for one, am looking forward to loading up my pillowcase with Maoam gummies!