“I do not know where to even start…”

annelieseI do not know where to even start regarding the most amazing adventure. From start to finish, everything was absolute perfection (well except the initial flight issue). Each hotel or riad had it’s own unique ambiance that led to the overall experience. From the modern hotel in Casablanca, to the quaint Villa Mandarine in Rabat. Since our days were packed with exploring, it was comforting to know that we would lay our head down in a welcoming/safe place.

On top of the amazing job that Moroccotours.org / EIT did putting our journey together, I would be remiss in not mentioning the amazing, spectacular, intelligent, humorous and caring Ryad Mekouki. His knowledge of his country and culture, is truly unmatched. As Americans, we fall short in knowing our history and heritage, but Ryad did not miss a beat. Every question was answered, without hesitation. The conversations that we had have left an imprint on our lives, and we are better people having met Ryad. Ryad not only secured some of the best tour guides (Mohammed), but he knew our every step and need before we even asked. In just a few short days, he was able to “read us” and know what we liked. From restaurants, to monuments and even tea in a cave….he got Joe and Anna. We are honored and blessed to say, that we now have a friend in Morocco. We’ve been home for almost a month and there is not a day goes by that I don’t think about Ryad or miss him. His laughter is infectious and his spirit is endearing. Everyday he went above and beyond to make us feel safe and at home. Ryad was our Fatima hand and we will be forever grateful.

I’ve attached a few pictures, but please let me know if more are needed. Again, thank you to Ruth, Kit, Ryad and the whole EIT family….you made our journey incredible. We will definitely be recommending EIT to friends and family, especially Ryad!

-Annaliese & Joseph (USA), September 2013

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