After Lisbon we then flew to Casablanca to get our first ever taste of Africa. Casablanca was an adventure to say the least… First was our surprise at the fact that the airport was 40 kilometres from the CBD, and next was the fact that we might have been the only tourists in Casablanca. It wasn’t quite the place we had imagined from the movie, with the divide between men and women obvious and a lack of places to visit or eat that were accessible to tourists. We were however able to visit the Hassan II Mosque which towers over the Atlantic Ocean. As the mosque with the largest minaret in the world, and the largest open to non-Muslims, it was a spectacular site. We then moved on to Marrakesh where we spent 6 days exploring the markets throughout the medina and avoiding the summer heat which topped 45 degrees Celsius! We also took an overnight trip to Zagora in the South-East of Morocco to visit the Sahara desert. We were able to do the stereotypical ride across the dunes on a camel and sleep under the stars at a Berber camp, and despite the artificial set-up, watching the sun set and rise over the dunes is something I will never forget and certainly a big tick off the bucket-list! After our trip to the Sahara, all that was left to do was head back to Zurich and collect our bags to head back to Australia.
"All of that couldn’t happen without a lot of support, and I would especially like to thank the Global Society, ANU and ETH Zurich for making my exchange possible and giving me an opportunity to learn lifelong skills and make lasting connections, all while having a wonderful time exploring the world."