CIEE Scene ~Chefchaouen ~ 7 April 2016 Author: Ellis Robert Maxwell (Max)
On April 7, we embarked on a weekend trip to the beautiful blue city of Chefchaouen. After a scenic bus ride with our always reliable and kindly driver Abedrahim, we arrived at our Riad for the weekend. It wasn’t long after arrival before we started exploring the blue city. Some students even took a short hike to an abandoned mosque that doubles as a scenic overlook with a great view of the city. The perfect weather definitely didn’t hurt the incredible sights!
The following day, and after some much needed rest, half of our group went on a long hike to a beautiful waterfall near Chefchaouen, while the other half stayed back and instead attended a workshop where they made citrus oil for the body and face! Although exhausting, and tough at times, the hike was well worth the time and effort.
On Saturday, everyone chose a different workshop in which they learned about either carpet weaving, brass, leather, or painting. Every student was able to create their own souvenir from scratch, which was both challenging and rewarding. In the afternoon the group took an optional trip to Tetouan where we met up with students at the local English language center. After introductions, we went on a tour of the old medina, and were even able to grab coffee with the students.
The trip to Chefchaouen was definitely a favorite for a lot of the group. The cities beauty and rich culture is hard to overlook, and the fact that all of the buildings are painted blue is just an added bonus!
On April 13, we were lucky enough to spend the day with children from Dar Shabab, the local youth center. Throughout the day we played numerous games with the children and got the chance to teach them a little English! The children were very excited to get outside and enjoy the wonderful Moroccan weather, and the day was concluded with snacks and juice at the beach. It was a very rewarding experience for everyone involved.