Moroccan Stairmaster — Advanced Level

The Workout Continues

The Workout Continues

So now I understand what Tomas and I have been “in training” for: Our trip to Chefchaouen – the Blue City.

Here is the link to the original Moroccan Stairmaster post. http://wp.me/p2BC2S-G3

Everyone told us how beautiful The Blue City was and that once we got there, we wouldn’t want to come back but I don’t remember anyone emphasizing how rigorous it would be to navigate once we got there

BELIEVE ME – IT’S A WORKOUT!

Chefchaouen pronounced: chef (like a cook) show (like ow in “cow” or “now”) en (as in “then.”) This city of about 35,000 is inland an hour and a half from us through the steep, rugged mountains flanking the Oued Laou Valley.

Tomas and I decided to take a get-away and explore this ancient Berber city that was not even seen by non-Muslims until 1926. In other words, this city has remained relatively true to its pristine origins and I will have much more to say about that in a future post.

Thousands of Stairs of Random Height

Thousands of Stairs of Random Height

This post is to make the point that all the stair climbing and walking we have been doing in Aouchtam paid off within the first couple of hours in Chefchaouen, because there are no motor vehicles permitted within the walls of the old city and the streets resemble an old medieval town, cobbled and steep. There are also thousands of stairs of random height, and of course, no street signs to make the process of finding your way any faster.

So by the time we had hiked about to find a hotel with a bathtub that was also in our price range (never did) we had expended the equivalent of several days’ worth of energy.

We’ve graduated to Moroccan Stairmaster – Advanced Level. Enjoy these photographic fruits of our workout.

Blessings from Chefchaouen.

Overview from Hotel Atlas

Overview from Hotel Atlas

Up and Down and All Around

Up and Down and All Around

Berber Street Stall to Make the Exercise Interesting

Berber Street Stall to Make the Exercise Interesting

Finally the Right Hotel. Can We Find Our Way Back?

Finally the Right Hotel.
Can We Find Our Way Back?

 

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5 thoughts on “Moroccan Stairmaster — Advanced Level

  1. Looks like my stairmasters that provide regular ‘exercise’. 🙂 That periwinkle blue in the last photo is just exquisite. What a gorgeous color! And beautiful photos all around, Alia. The perfect morning visual-inspiration. Thank you for sharing. Jamie

  2. Yes, we do not see overweight or seriously ill people here like in the US. We have heard that cancer is a big problem but do not see evidence of it in the more rural areas that we are in. Most people appear to be healthy and upright — literally — even the children walk with such straight carriage and posture. Love to you, Alia

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