Tuesday, April 11, 2006

the dark continent

dum dum dum... AFRICA. the lion king, charlize theron, and pygmies.

but first... the night in tarifa was filled with beach walking and castle exploring. i know i got my fill.

the tarifa castle was re-traversed and all of the mystery held behind the door was revealed. dum dum dum! i wish i could put music on here, but i can't. here's what the place looks like, to refresh your memories:

so that's all i saw the last time. let me tell you that this time i went alone to the castle. at midnight. so i was crapping my pants. i moved down through the stairwell past the door and i came to this doorway:

beyond this doorway was a room:

you can see a door in that photo. this door opens to a passageway that looks out over the sea:

and that's all there ways down there. just the castle basement/dungeon/lookout/who-knows-what. but i was very satisfied with my ability to explore that place alone. i bought a flashlight for the occasion. later on, after i got out and found the mexican girls i was traveling with, i convinced one of them to come back with me.

this is Jade being all blair-witch in the corner.

the next day it was on to morocco. duh duh duh DUM duh DUM. charge! we left europe in our dust...erm, spray.

here's the first view of tanger, morocco from the docks in the bay.

my favorite moroccan friend Behiya was conveniently on her way home to visit her family and we rode the same ferry over, so she helped us find a nice and fair cab driver that would take us down the coast to the quiet beach town of Asilah. on the way there our driver Ahmid stopped us at this little outlet to give camel riding a try.

that's right. i rode a camel in africa. bam!

after we got to Asilah and found our hostal we headed down to the beach to play some frisbee (i've been dying without it) and do some swimming if it seemed like a good idea. we headed back after sunset.

the Asilah nightlife was kinda cool. we tried to find some wine but to no avail. i did watch some of the valencia v. celta vigo match at a bar with a cool moroccan guy that i met. other than that though, we just hung out in the room. here we are with our friend Erik (from Texas) that we met on the ferry.

the next day we hit up the markets. hot times!

we said goodbye to Erik who was going to venture farther south for a couple days and headed back up to Tanger with Ahmid who came back to Asilah to pick us up. 4 amigos and 1 chauffer.

so Africa was great, a super blood-pumping adventure. monday we came home from tarifa and i had a nice sleep last night without any worries. this week i have no school because of semana santa (holy week) which is a pretty big deal around here. actually, more like the biggest of deals. the world comes to sevilla for semana santa and its saintly processions down the streets. i will be doing lots of homework in my down time this week, and will be spending many nights downtown watching the happenings. i'll report back soon with photos as always. thanks for reading!


jeremy said...

fist pump! africa! yes! semana santa! yes! aaron rules the day! fist pump!

Anonymous said...

super sweet sunset. that made me happy. was the guy on the rock fishing?


evan said...

i really wish i could have been on that trip with you. and went to that castle with you. that would have been fantastic. i'm sad.

Anonymous said...

dude, unreal pics! i've been dying to surf lately and your pictures didn't help. so jealous that you got to hit up africa and chill on a camel. you are hardcore, my friend.

p.s. your body is a wonderland


Anonymous said...

Nice pictures of Africa! Did you get any good African food? You da bomb!

Jacobsen said...

Very nice photos.
On the dark continent I have been only to Morocco and I really like this fascinating country.
Most of all I liked Tangiers. It is beautiful, combining many of the best attributes of other Moroccan cities. It has a rich cultural heritage and is a city full of life. Also I know that many American and European people buy in Tangiers property, they want to enjoy by soft climate and nice looking nature! Tangier is amazing, especially during sunset. The city is filled with busy Souks, labyrinthine streets, and overlooked by castles.