In April, my parents left Los Angeles and headed to Spain to walk the 500-mile El Camino de Santiago. The Camino is a trail that “pilgrims” have been walking for centuries. Each “pilgrim” walks across northern Spain for their own reasons. My parents had their own reasons too.
About five weeks after they started, they finished their pilgrimage in the western Spanish town Santiago de Compostela. With a few weeks remaining until their flight home, they headed for Lisbon, Portugal. After Portugual, they headed south towards the Strait of Gibraltar.
Around the time they finished their walk, I began scheming. I contacted my friend in Belgium and had him tell my folks he was going to meet up with them in Algeciras, Spain. He was lying. I wanted to surprise my parents!
A couple of weeks later, I boarded a plane with my favorite 6 year old little girl and secretly flew to Madrid, Spain. We stayed in an Airbnb host home for one night, enjoyed a relaxing 5 hour train ride south to Algeciras, rode a 5 minute taxi to my parents hotel then surprised them. It took about an hour for them each to realize we were really there. They were in shock. It was great!
I had a wonderful time with them. We left Spain via ferry and arrived in Morocco the next day. The rest of our trip was seeing what there was to see in Morocco.
This was taken just after the surprise. This is me and my parents (they’ve been married for nearly 40 years!):
This is my Dad and Johnny Ella at one of our favorite ancient Roman ruin site:
We went for ice cream but my Mom somehow ended up with a scoop of warm guacamole in the bottom of hers. Hmmm…
This is me in Fes, Morocco – they’re dying leather. Can you see the white areas? That section is where they remove the hair using pigeon poo. Yikes!
Moroccan money is called “dirham.” This is worth about five dollars:
Morocco is a Muslim country and the women cover their heads as a way to show respect. When in Rome…