Hats off to a wonderful journey

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Hats off to all the people who made this journey possible.

Fifteen cities, 24 days, one country, one love, a life-changing journey.

Hats off to God who made miracles during my stay in Morocco.

Hats off to the following Moroccans who helped and guided me as I wandered around their beautiful country.

Hats off to Youssef, this trip would not be possible without his help. Because of him, I met a good family in Rabat. Thanks for everything.

Hats off to Hind and her family for showing me the meaning of Moroccan hospitality, for letting me taste couscous and tanjin for the first time, for taking care of me while I was in her home in Casablanca and for allowing me to know her deeply. Her story is one of the most touching ones I have ever heard.

Hats off to Younes for rescuing me every time I got lost in Casablanca. I would have not done it along the streets without him.

Hats off to Mr. Harim for giving me a place to stay in Casablanca and Fes, and most of all, for allowing me to travel for the last two weeks of my vacation in Morocco.

Hats off to Abdou for guiding me to Ifrane for free.

Hats off to the truck driver for giving Abdou and I a free ride going back to Fes from Ifrane.

Hats off to Mona for advising me to go to Ourika Valley while I was in Marrakech.

Hats off to Karim and his family for accommodating me in their home in Agadir, for taking me to the most beautiful places in the Southern part of Morocco and for dressing me up like a Berber bride and a Sahara princess.

Hats off to the Berber guy that my friends and I met as we roamed around the city of Tetouan. I just wish that we could speak Berber language, so I could have gotten his name at least. However, hats off to him for showing us the beautiful landscape of his city without asking for anything.

Hats off to Simo for taking me to the Cave of Hercules in Tangier and for making me realize that I could make friends in every city.

Hats off to Driss and Omar for without them, I would not achieve my goal to see where the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean meet from Cap Spartel.

Hats off to Fatima for guiding me in Asilah.

Hats off to Kayzer for giving me a comfortable room to stay during my first night in Rabat.

Hats off to Hassan for the couscous Friday experience in his home in Kasbah of the Udayas.

Hats off to Anas for giving me a home to sleep and rest for the night before going back to Casablanca and for the kindness that he and his family have shown to me.

Hats off to the kind and wonderful people of Morocco who I met along the way.

Hats off to the Kingdom of Morocco for giving me a home. I love you and I will surely miss you. I shall return, Inshallah.

Also, hats off to the following travelers who made my trip a memorable one.

Hats off to Tom and Adam for being good companions as we walked to Azrou, Volubilis and Moulay Idris.

Hats off to Azhaa for being my confidante during my stay in Fes. I will miss our serious talks about life and women’s empowerment.

Hats off to Ugne for being a sister to me. I will miss our conversations and nightly walk around Grand Casablanca.

Hats off to Frida and Pablo for an amazing experience going to Tetouan and Chefchaouen.

Hats off to Oh Jihoon for helping me find my hostel and walking around with me in the old Medina of Tangier.

Hats off to all the guests that I met in Casablanca and Fes.

Hats off to all the travelers that I met along the way.

Hats off to the Iglesia Ni Cristo brethren in Casablanca for the stories of faith and breakfast every Sunday morning.

And finally, hats off to the woman who took courage to pursue her dreams; the woman who did not get tired of going from one city to another everyday; the woman who could make friends everywhere; the woman whose life and mindset have totally changed after her solo journey. I am happy that she has conquered herself, finally. I am so proud of the woman she has become today and the woman who survived Morocco. I am thankful to God because this woman is me. Hats off to you.

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