Africa | My Family Travels
Women of Morocco in traditional dress.
Moroccan musicians

I’ve never seen anything quite like it before. I mean, I’ve had the luxury of traveling to many places around the world, but nothing compares to the day I visited Morocco, Tangier, in Africa. At about 8:00 A.M., my family and I decided that we would leave the comfort of our hotel in Malaga, Spain, and travel to Africa for the day. After taking a thirty-minute boat ride and filling out numerous custom and questionnaire sheets, we finally arrived in Africa. It was nothing like I imagined. I always thought of Africa as the jungle, with wild animals roaming around and dark-skinned natives. When I stepped off the boat, I was in for a surprise. Immediately, people began taunting us because we were women. We had no men with us and we were not wearing the traditional Moroccan clothing. There were no other women to be seen on the street, and if they were, they were covered from head to toe. I do not recommend wearing shorts countries, such as Tangier, because the men are not used to this and will often act inappropriately. We ended up hiring a man to walk us around the city. He introduced himself as our “walking tour guide”. He showed us around the city, and often protected us when angry men on the street teased, and sometimes even spit at us. It was extremely different from what I am used to in America. My trip to Africa really showed me how lucky I am to be living in the free world. I am not forced to wear certain clothing, or enter at gender-specific doors, as we saw at one of the Moroccan temples. While I do recommend, that everyone take the opportunities to travel, I wish that we had adjusted more to the culture around us. Not every country is known as “The land of the free”.

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