Bear with me for a couple minutes. Between the town of Hassilabied and the city of Marrakech in southern Morocco, I seemed to have eaten something that has not exactly made my stomach feel amazing. Luckily for me (luckily?), I had a bout with food poisoning before my trip even began and I was prescribed some pretty great medicine to combat a litany of stomach issues. Unfortunately for me, I need my stomach to return to full strength soon, as I am heading out to trek in Patagonia in less than 10 days.

I returned from Spain and Morocco a couple days ago and had unbelievable time. Backpacking with my buddy Phil was awesome, but exhausting. The dude walks more than any human being I know of. We spent 9 days in Spain and 10 days in Morocco. Some of the highlights of the trip were:

  • Going to the FC Barcelona soccer match in Barcelona
  • Eating amazing tapas and cruising through beautiful plazas in Madrid
  • Visiting the Alcazar and the massive cathedral in Sevilla
  • Exploring the UNESCO site of the Alhambra in Granada
  • Getting lost in the blue city of Chefchaouen
  • Getting even more lost in the labyrinth of Fez
  • Camel trekking and camping in the Sahara
  • Hiking the Todgha Gorge
  • Exploring the old casbah of Ait-Ben-Haddou
  • Navigating the souks and Djemaa el Fna in Marrakech

If I wasn’t too busy trying to shake my jet lag, stomach bug, and prepping for Patagonia, then I would delve much further into detail about my 19-day journey. But over the next couple weeks (months maybe) I’ll share with you my travel experiences through Spain and Morocco. The journey was full of long train rides, longer bus rides, great food, cultural immersions, historical places, architectural feats, and one mugging. I will not miss being woken up by the call to prayer at 5:45am. I will miss eating tapas and drinking beers periodically throughout my day.

If you haven’t done so already, check out my Instagram @themodernmagellan for some sweet pics. Or if you are too lazy to pick up your phone, here are some memorable moments:


I’ll be posting some stuff on my upcoming trip to Patagonia over the next week. Stay tuned for more in-depth articles on Spain and Morocco. I have never planned two separate adventures back-to-back like this. It’s a lot of traveling and exploring, but that’s what being The Modern Magellan is all about. And if you ask my mom, being a Modern Magellan also involves not having a job for months on end.

Explore on folks.


P.S. I have now been to 4 different continents. North America, Europe, Asia, and most recently, Africa. In 9 days I’ll knock off #5 in South America.



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