NSB - Morocco 2015
28th March - 3rd April 2015
Day one in Morocco was jam packed with visiting the main sites of Marrakech. The souk was an amazing experience full of colours, tastes and smells. Marrakech souk is in par with Tiananmen Square in terms of size, their only difference is that it is full of action such as snake dancers, traditional cuisine and a range of different Moroccan culture to buy and look at. The boys received the Moroccan food with pleasure and enjoyed the music and belly dancing.
On the second day we went to the Berber village in Imintanoute where students learned how to make bread and Moroccan tea. They also cooked their own dinner in a traditional tagine and collected their own water using a donkey. We had our dinner under the stars.
On the third day we visited the local village school, met up with the students and learned about their education system. British students had kindly brought sweets and donations of clothes and shoes to give to the local children. After this we headed on to Agadir, a coastal city in the South of Morocco. We ate our lunch on the sea front and the boys enjoyed playing football on the beach.
On the fourth day we had a relaxing day by the pool and students got involved in aqua gym, table tennis and pétanque (boules) as well as a water polo game. The students had a new experience of fish and chips – Moroccan style for lunch as Agadir is famous for its delicious fresh fish. In the afternoon we went up the mountain for a panoramic view of the city in which the guide informed the students about the history of Agadir including the famous earthquake and rebuild of the city.
On the fifth day we headed back to Marrakech where the students enjoyed the beautiful sunshine and drive through the mountains and had the opportunity to play polo in the swimming pool. That night we ate a delicious meal in an amazing, colourful terrace restaurant where there was traditional music and belly dancing – a few brave boys got up and danced with the dance!. On the way home we walked through the market square. It had transformed from shopping stalls to a visual feast of food, music, entertainment and lights. An experience the pupils will never forget.
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The sixth day was our final day and after breakfast we returned to Marrakech square to the Cherifa house. A beautiful old building filled with traditional Arabic architecture. The boys prepared their own three-course Moroccan meal for lunch, learning and receiving the recipes to try at home. We had a final look around the square for any last minute pictures and shopping and returned to the hotel. In the afternoon the boys had their final dip in the pool and a nice evening dinner in the hotel.
My thanks to Miss Davies, Mr Charidine and Mr Mirnateghi who worked very hard to make sure that the students were safe and had a good time.
Finally I would like to congratulate every single student who took part in this trip. They were very well behaved, polite and received the Moroccan culture very well. They were a credit to NSB and Their parents.