Ailsa over at Where’s my Backpack launched a new travel theme for the week in honor of World Ocean’s Day on June 8th. If you are a regular reader of my blog, you’ve probably guessed that I would much rather be hiking somewhere in the mountains rather than sitting aimlessly on a beach. That is not to say that I haven’t been to some amazing beaches in my life, in particular along the Greek Isles, Hawaii, Bermuda, the Virgin Islands and Mexico. Yet these trips were all years ago, long before the advent of the digital camera and quite frankly I haven’t done a real beach vacation in ages! Maybe I’m due?
The last time I was anywhere near the ocean was in April 2011 when I was volunteering for a week in Morocco. I looked over these photos again and perhaps they are not what you often think of as the ocean in all her splendor yet I did find these photos interesting in a more cultural way. Here is a look at the beach and the ocean along the shores of Rabat, Morocco. Notice you won’t be seeing any scantily-clad women in bikinis. Nope, instead you will see mostly men who are lucky enough to be able to wear a swimsuit and women dressed in full length attire.
I wanted desperately to go lay on the beach and let the wind blow through my hair and tickle my skin. To feel the freedom of the sun warming me gently and listen to the waves rock me to sleep. But being a single, American woman it was not advised. The last female volunteer who had done so was heckled so terribly she only lasted ten minutes. Oh well. When in Rome, right? The cultural differences we take for granted and learn to accept.
Here is a look at the ocean along the main beach in Rabat, Morocco….
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