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    Chaouen - The Moroccan Rif in May 2009

    Hi friends!

    I just came back from the Moroccan Rif... Spent one week in Morocco, most of the time literaly around the Rif mountains, from where the very well know Moroccan haxixe comes from. In this city you can smoke everywhere. You'll be offered first quality hash from everyone. It is a very clean city, as you'll be able to see for yourself from the pictures, and it is also a very safe place. People are not dangerous, as many people think, they just sometimes make you tired of so many offerings... they can get you anything you want and won't let you go until you show interest in something they have to sell. But they didn't managed to get me bored, you just have to know how to deal with them, if you smile and are gentle they'll be fair and understand when it's time to leave you alone. The city is not crowded, so it gets very relaxing and peaceful, even more if get the weather I got this time. Well, May, June and September may be the best months to go there, or even July and August if like very very hot sun as much as I do.

    Here are some of the pictures. If you want to see more go and check my album from this trip. Hope you enjoy.





    Blue...




    The Hash

    The hash, as I said, is first quality. In the streets you'll listen to them offering "primera calidad" (first quality), "zerozero", caramel, pakistani (because in south europe pakistani hash has a very good reputation, althought it is generaly made in morocco) and they also offer marijuana, but I tried it and its poor quality cannabis. I guy from Ketama gave me a git and said it was the best quality I can get in Morocco, so I kept with my glass pipe and smoked only pure hash.

    Zerozero:


    Zerozero was 15 euro for 5 gram. Up in the mountain the price would go down at least 50%.
    The pipe

    In the mountains those pipes have a great value, because you can't find them in Morocco. I bought this one in Spain for 7 euros and a farmer in the Rif mountains offered me a 8gr piece of caramel for the pipe.


    Caramel:


    More from Chaouen:
















    Well, if you want to walk for 2 hours over those blue streets it's possible, they seem to never end...

    Chaouen is no place for dogs, you won't see any dog there. But cats yes, they have lots of. Maybe that's one of the reasons it is a clean city...




    You'll also find lots of stores with very good products, most of them handmade in the place and with very good prices...














    To be continued...
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    Foto-report of my trip to the Riff - Chaouen - Morocco

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    The mountains in the back...




    The view from the window of my hotel room...


    My glasspipe overlooking the city from the mountains...


    Food was very good and very cheap. Each plate in the photo costed 2,30eur, around 3 dolars. And restaurants were very clean and well decorated...


    The view from the restaurant Alladin:


    Inside the restaurant:


    Other restaurant...

    Almost all the restaurants looked as nice as those.

    A couple of pictures to end the trip...


    This is where they wash their clothes:




    That's it.

    Once you get to the port of Algeciras, with 150\200 euros you can buy everything included (ferry to morocco, taxi from tanger port to chaouen and 4 or 5 nights in this same hotel (hotel parador, 4 star).

    If you don't smoke tobacco don't forget to take your pipes and bongs

    -p_
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    Foto-report of my trip to the Riff - Chaouen - Morocco

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      #3
      Excellent pics mate,I used to get the ferry over to Tangier from Algeciras when I was based on Gib,got the boat across to ceuta as well a few times.

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        #4
        Great pics! I love the blue streets. Makes you want to visit even if there were no hash...



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          #5
          Terrific photos Psychotropic, would love to see more of them!
          Is there much to do there besides sightseeing and shopping?

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            #6
            Thanks for the lovely armchair tour..>!!!!
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              #7
              Thanks... the pleasure of sharing the photos is mine

              Satchifunkilus > In my gallery I have an album dedicated to this specific trip with some photos that I didn't post here. Besides sightseeing and shopping you can also, of course, smoke their hash, hehehe. And there's many other things to do... specially if you go with a big group of friends. I went with my girlfriend and 2 friends of her, so I was the only man and they didn't let me get in any adventure :( ...with a group of 5 or 6 male friends I would have accepted their offer to go visit their home, their family, try their own cannabis... In the mountains they asked me if I wanted to go see how their hash is made, so you can easily get a guide to take you to see cultivation camps and the whole process of making hash. I'm sure you'll also get the best of the best hash in those camps.

              I forgot to say that I tooksome of my weed to Morocco. Took about 15 pre-rolled joints and a jar with a couple of buds. My weed was something very special to them because there is no such thing as cannabis indoor growing in Morocco. It is also very special when a guy up in the mountain who makes caramel and zerozero says that your weed is very good and offers to trade 1gr of your weed for 10gr of his hash.

              You can smoke everywhere. They say that even if the police see you smoking they won't say anything because they know your not a dealer and they make their life out of tourism. I smoked in every restaurant, in and outdoor, before and after meals. The only place i didn't felt confortable smoking was the taxi, but just until the driver asked "You guys don't smoke hash?"... I said yes and asked if we could smoke in his taxi. Well, after that it was a very nice trip, hehehe. From Chaouen to Tangier it takes about 2 hours by car.

              buddymate > I was in Gibraltar last summer and it is also a very nice place to visit. I would recommend a round trip starting in Tarifa, then Gibraltar, then Ceuta, then Tétouan and the big finishing in Chaouen. 5 amazing places to visit making only 250km. Well, and if you have more time and money... don't forget Sevilla Or maybe even here the Algarve (Portugal) where I live.

              stasis and hanuman > thanks guys, it really is a great place.





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              7th Sweet Seeds® Grow Diary Competition at ICMag

              Foto-report of my trip to the Riff - Chaouen - Morocco

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                #8
                Woooow! great raport. Greetings from Poland
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                The last river has been poisoned,
                The last fish has been caught,
                We will realize that we can't eat money!

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                  #9
                  Looks like you had a nice time there, thanks for sharing !

                  Irie !
                  "To forbid or even seriously to restrict the use of so gracious an herb as hemp would cause widespread suffering and annoyance and to large bands of worshipped ascetics, deep-seated anger. It would rob the people of a solace in discomfort, of a cure in sickness, of a guardian whose gracious protection saves them from the attacks of evil influences, and whose mightly power makes the devotee of the Victorious, overcoming the demons of hunger and thirst, of panic, fear, of the glamour of Maya or matter, and of madness, able in rest to brood on the Eternal, till the Eternal,possessing him body and soul, frees him from the haunting of self and receives him into the Ocean of Being." Indian Hemp Drugs Commission



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                    #10
                    Thanks for your reply Psychotropic, I will be sure to check out your gallery.

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                      #11
                      hi man, nice pics but the real name of this place is chefchaouen, it's a sacred city for muslim, at around 100km from Ketama. I went here about 10 years ago and spent a few months here and around in the mountain.

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                        #12
                        Very cool Psycho, did you get there from Spain by Ferry? Sorry for my ignorance..never been to that part of the world..

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                          #13
                          Yeah Dreads,you get the ferry over from Algeciras,just around the coast from Gib.

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                            #14
                            Chefchaouen is one of my favorite places in Morocco. All you said about it is true. The natives are very friendly - that is until you venture out to Ketama, which I don't recommend unless you are very adventurous.

                            I have an online travelguide of Morocco & Chaouen & the Rif with lots of tips for you.

                            Great pix btw, Psychotropic!
                            "America's freedom lies in cannabis." - feltonmuggs

                            "Prohibition is the gateway to fascism." - Treewizard

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                              #15
                              Excellent photos! Thanks for sharing these memories...

                              My time in Chef Chaouen was perhaps the best part of Morocco...staying at the big hotel on the hill overlooking town was an unforgettable experience.

                              The food was very good for Morocco, and the locals were really great...except for a guide or two who would not give up pestering us...but we learned to deal with that. Some even invited us into their homes and treated us like royalty.

                              I see the town has had a recent blue wash, and is looking better than ever!

                              We scored the best hash there, black gold. It was yummy and I recall paying 20 bucks for a huge chunk that lasted weeks. Smoking in the sipsi was the thing to do, a long silver piece that we reluctantly left behind as customs would not smile upon such a stinking pipe and let us keep it anyway...

                              From Chaouen we traveled to Fez, then onto Marrakesh by train (the Marrakesh Express, smoking hash in first class!)... ah those were the days.

                              Glad you also had fun, Morocco is truly a treasure.

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