Auf den Spuren von 1001 Nacht (Tamaris Fontinha Reisebericht aus 2015)

The exchange with the Moroccan partner organization AMEJ goes into a new round: under the motto “freedom”, 9 young people learned this year on a round trip country and people. Our journey together began in Frankfurt. From all over Germany we came to the airport with our packed suitcases. Our next stop was Casablanca. After all the train delays were all on time, we took the night flight to recharge our batteries.

Our journey took us through the north of Morocco. On the route were the cities Rabat, Chefchaouen, Tétouan and Tangier. Always at the same time: Our hosts of AMEJ, the Association Marocaine pour l’Education de la Jeunesse. They were also the ones who picked us up to Rabat after our flight to Casablanca. Rabat is the capital of Morocco and is characterized by a partly lively, partly quiet old town by the sea. With our companions, we also visited the Mausoleum of Mohammed V. Later we visited the neighboring town of Sale, where we were invited to tea. We were pampered with pastries and traditional Moroccan tea, and greeted nicely as if we were old acquaintances. There was even a welcome celebration with traditional Moroccan clothes, games and music. Our next stop was Chefchaouen. In the Blue City we went on a discovery trip, took a guided tour of the Kasbah and hiked in the surrounding mountains, where glasky, cool rivers were invited to bathe at hot temperatures. Next we went to Tétouan. Located in the foothills of the Rifgebirge, this city has strong Spanish influences. We visited, among other places, the Medina, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and watched a parade that went through the city to honor the king, whose palace is a further sight of this city. The next stop was Tangier. From there we visited a youth camp of AMEJ, where once again was celebrated extensively and Asilah, a city with Portuguese influences, which offers a platform for various artists. They can show their art there at regular festivals or at the numerous painted house walls. Afterwards we went back to Rabat, where we bought souvenirs and once again invited the traditional couscousesses before it was time for us to go home. In the two weeks in Morocco, we met a strange culture, we fell in love with the beautiful cities and landscapes, and found new friends. To describe what we had taken from the trip would go beyond the scope. This is precisely why, in my opinion, this program point can attract and inspire young people even after so many decades.