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Living with the Berber’s

Hi i’m Shane Dawson, you may know me from the famous youtube channel; Shane dawson TV or may have watched my movie ‘Not Cool’, but when it all come down to it, I am one for adventure, have teamed up with National Geographic to teach you about the world, with the world. (Maybe that sounded better in my head, but you get the idea)

Maybe you’ve heard of Morocco while doesing off in geography class, or did your own bit of research on it, but no matter what you think you know, I can tell you, it's completely different from anything you would expect. A country where modern, meet old, and beauty, meets heritage, it sounds cliche, but that's the only real way to describe it.

Now when you look at Africa’s tourism you tend to imagine rich european people, coming there and ‘Saving them from their misery’ or ‘Learning their ways’. But the closest thing I could find was a 3 day stay with some of the Berber people. I have mentioned this before but the Berbers are the indigenous people of North Africa, and they still live in huts and stuff.

Basicly I slept in one of the huts and lived the ‘simple life’, the first day I arrived Lisa and I had to participate in one of their camp fire dance things, lets just say.. they really like their ‘peace pipe’. After a tough sleep on what was basically a rock, i woke up wondering if i peed myself and later realized it was just sweat, i took a quick ‘shower’ (A 20 minute trek to the nearest pond, and got as sweaty as on my way back), after abit of vlogging we started helping them with their daily chores, washing clothes (In the same pond as before), cooking (With whatever animals dared step in their area), and of course more peace piping! Again.. i didn’t even try it, because boy.. they couldn’t speak after one huff. The rest of the days went very similarly, other than one day which one of the berber girls asked me to collab (Video Collaboration) with her on her youtube channel.. yes a berber girl.. Now here we came to the end of these 3 days, all i was looking for was a shower, and sadly, there are no showers on airplanes.. so i basicly smelled like rotting fish and sweat on the flight from Marrakech to LA.

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You can’t Spell Safari without far!

Hi i’m Shane Dawson, you may know me from the famous youtube channel; Shane dawson TV or may have watched my movie ‘Not Cool’, but when it all come down to it, I am one for adventure, have teamed up with National Geographic to teach you about the world, with the world. (Maybe that sounded better in my head, but you get the idea)

Maybe you’ve heard of Morocco while doesing off in geography class, or did your own bit of research on it, but no matter what you think you know, I can tell you, it's completely different from anything you would expect. A country where modern, meet old, and beauty, meets heritage, it sounds cliche, but that's the only real way to describe it.

When you think Africa, what do you immediately think of? I would say if you were one of my fans (A Fat Mexican Pre Teen), you would probably mention the bush, or better known the Savanna. The Savanna is basically a big plain area that not really a dessert, the kind of is at the same time. You can rarely find trees, but other vegetation goes rampant. The vegetation is not the only thing going rampant, but like most areas that you can find vegetation, you can find animals, some of the finest the world has to offer, like the Cheetah, or the Lion, and the meerkat. Of course as you would imagine, the tourists have to flock to these areas to catch a glimpse of these magnificent creatures, and that where safari’s come in.

According to dictionary.com a safari is:
“A journey or expedition, for hunting, exploration, or investigation,especially in eastern Africa.”
This also roots from the words origin coming from the word safar, which means journey in arabic. The safari tends to be a ride through the Savanna’s with a hope to see as many animals as possible, it may not sound that interesting but just a glimpse can get your heart racing fast than a (Sorry for the pun) cheetah.

I decided to take the cheapest one I could find, and boy was that a terrible idea. The hope of any scent was choked out by the smell of diesel going through your nose and into your system, and when you’d see any animals, the crazy driver would start honking at it! As if it was a ‘deer’ in headlights! After your only chance for a good photo ran away, the car started driving again, and the driver started laughing. You may say.. It must’ve been a one time thing! But no... he did this not once, not twice, not three times, not four times, BUT FIVE BLOODY TIMES!! After that last time, he didn’t do it again, and the ride was smooth again, of course I almost saw a lion, but with the insane speed of this car, and the horrid stench of burning diesel, I wasn’t sure if it was a rock or a lion. Anyway.. here is the photo.

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Top 3 places to visit in Marrakech

Hi i’m Shane Dawson, you may know me from the famous youtube channel; Shane dawson TV or may have watched my movie ‘Not Cool’, but when it all come down to it, I am one for adventure, have teamed up with National Geographic to teach you about the world, with the world. (Maybe that sounded better in my head, but you get the idea)

Maybe you’ve heard of Morocco while doesing off in geography class, or did your own bit of research on it, but no matter what you think you know, I can tell you, it's completely different from anything you would expect. A country where modern, meet old, and beauty, meets heritage, it sounds cliche, but that's the only real way to describe it.

The first that hit me, was the smell, spices, livestock, candy, even raw meats. There I knew, I was in Marrakech also known as Morocco's old city. When you think Morocco you immediately think market, you think people selling everything, then you have the right idea! In one corner you can find the food, and in the other corner, a religious monument celebrating either Christianity, Islam, or believe it or not Judaism. So what can you do in Marrakech? I have compiled a top 3 things to do in Marrakech, although it was hard, I have found the top 5 places which you should visit.

#1 Jardin Majorelle:

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With the insane heat of the desert, and loud noisy, streets of the markets, there is always a place where you can relax, and enjoy. In this case it is Jardin Majorelle or the Majorelle Gardens. They were created by a French artist called Louis Majorelle; a popular French artist. The garden is colorful, vibrant, and very interesting, with all the stalls and people trying to sell you items, you can really enjoy the gardens for what they really are, a masterpiece. With the salty smell of the pond, to the smell of almost burning cactus, this place is enjoyed by many, and soon, it could be by you!

#2 Camel Tours:

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Fun fact about Camels, although they have a reputation to spit on you, they aren’t actually spitting on you, as that would be a waste of water, they are actually vomiting on you. Although this may have been good to know before I rode one of them for a good 5 hours and had my share of ‘Showers’ but you know.. better late than never right? With the scorching desert, and the smell of poop, it may sound boring, it is a great experience seeing the sahara desert first hand, while rocking left, right, up and down, on a big lump that if you couldn’t feel its heartbeat you would think would be a tractor, what can go wrong?

#3 Hot Air Balloon Ride:

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There is a popular kids song called ‘We’re going on a bear hunt’ and it has lyrics that explain Marrakech so well, and I have decided to share them with you.

“We can’t go under it, we can’t go around it, we can’t go through it, WE HAVE TO GO OVER IT!!”

This is exactly what I had to do, after a 2 hour car ride, with lots of pit stop, we arrived in a small berber village (Berber being the indigenous people of North Africa) with no name and off we went. As we held on to the small basket holding the bodies of me, Lisa (My Girlfriend), and 3 other (Probably french) tourist, and our ‘esteemed pilot’. Every second we went abit higher, my heart went higher, to a point that I thought it would reach the moon before our hot air balloon will.

After 20 mins of lying down in the fetal position, I decided to take a look, and you know how I say that everything was basically ‘the best moment of my life’, this time I meant it. With approaching sunset, and the old city slowly lighting up, I slowly stood up, and stared in awe. The next hour or so of the ride was a blur of picture perfect moments, and the pilot blabbing on about the history of Marrakech, when we touched down.. I felt like I was on my way to heaven, but on the last step, I fell.

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