Coming to Morocco is not a stretch for me. It’s like coming home.
Yet, this time, there was some worry about arriving amid political unrest, which is quite rare if ever. After Tunisia and Egypt, Morocco, Bahrain, Algeria and Libya followed suit. Some of these North African countries fared better than others during the protests, and Libya no doubt was like upsetting a hornet’s nest.
Protests in general are healthy. They effect change by the people, for the people. Europeans are taught to “manifest” in school, especially against unions, etc. The French, for example, make a habit of demonstrating. We in America are a little less willing.
It’s a shame that people cancelled their trips to Morocco this spring due to fear of unrest. Those of us who know Morocco better, know that it would be extremely rare to have an overthrow. Jobs are needed and some things need to change, like certain Ministers that squander money. Is that different than any other country in the world?
Up in the high Atlas mountains, the hospitality is extreme. The Kasbah Du Toubkal is like a home away from home. At 6,000 ft, we have a birds eye view of Mt. Toubkal, elevation 13, 655 ft. The surrounding mountains hug the Imlil valley, which is now smattered with a handful of small villages. This Kasbah, owned by Mike McHugo, a trekker turned sustainable hotelier from the UK, has helped restore an old fort that provides not only shelter for trekkers to Toubkal, but to anyone who would like to get away from it all. One of their bylines is, “40 miles from Marrakech, but a million miles from nowhere.” Up here the air is cool and the atmosphere cooler. The Kasbah is operated by local Berbers whose native hospitality is hard to beat.