By Poppy Chesterman, aged 10 years old
This half term I went to Morocco with my family. Before I went I thought it was going to be very different to any other holiday I had been on before. I was excited to think what was ahead of me. I only knew that it was going to be exciting and an incredible experience.
When we arrived our hire car was ready and we prepared to drive to the hotel in Marrakech. The hotel was called Riad Hiba. A Riad in Marrakech is a small local hotel. When we were driving to our hotel it was so thrilling with all the motor bikes and taxis. It was like there were different rules and people going past each other with 1 cm between you and them. We also saw other things on the road such as camels and donkeys.
Once we got settled into our hotel we then went to the main square to have dinner. Jemaa el Fna is the name of the square in the middle of the old walled medina. Every time we walked one step in the square we were surrounded by local people trying to sell us interesting different goods. We had to learn a lesson through experience as when we started walking in the market a lady came over to us and asked us if I wanted henna painting on my hand. We said maybe tomorrow. The lady continued to speak to me and asked me to sit down. She drew a beautiful Henna pattern. One thing you have to learn is to barter, which means to agree a price with the person selling to you. We eventually agreed a price that we were both happy with.
We started to get hungry and decided to look around the market for somewhere to eat dinner. All these new and amazing smells started coming to me, like fresh bread and prune and lamb tagine, which is a dish cooked in a clay pot. As well as smells there were also lots of noises such as live music and snake charmers and young children banging drums. It was unbelievable. At the market as well as people I saw animals such as monkeys, snakes, geckos and turtles. When you go to such an amazing country you need to experience different temples and palaces. We also saw a tomb which was hundreds of years old.
After another night in Marrakech we drove to the High Atlas Mountains to another hotel with a pool and a lovely restaurant. On the second day my brother and I each rode a mule (a donkey crossed with a horse). It was really fun going up really steep slopes and narrow passages on the mule. While we were on the mules my mum and dad walked for three hours. This was my favourite part of this amazing holiday because it was so interesting going through the salt mines and stopping at the Berber Houses in the villages for bread and home grown almonds with fresh mint tea.
The next day we hired a guide who took us 2000 metres up into the mountains. The views were amazing and we saw many interesting villages. It was so amazing to see the mountain children walking home from school miles up into their village home from the valley school below.
This was such an amazing holiday. I really enjoyed being in an African country and seeing so many different things and having new experiences. I will remember this holiday for the rest of my life.
What has been your favorite holiday experience?