Travel days are hard but the final destination makes it worth it.
There is no way around the rigors of a travel day. Leaving St. Louis with a 3 hour layover in Detroit followed by the flight to Paris was manageable but the last leg leaving Paris to Rabat was tough. The plane was full, it was hot, and I was tired. But once I arrived at the Rabat Airport, the wonders of travel gave me another gear and reminded me of why travel is so special.
Everything is so new yet so familiar. The currency, the Arabic, the people, the smells, the climate are new experiences for me. But the people are pretty much the same. They are in the airport coming and going. Taxis and transports are dropping off and picking people up. People are hugging new arrivals and waving goodbye to people departing just like we do back home. It was what makes travel so unique and so much the same.
After a quick shower and nap, I met my group and headed off to the banks of the Bou Regreg River to see the sights and grab some dinner. I love the unstructured times. Seeing the street vendors sell their wares is always fun. People are walking and enjoying the evening. Small children run and laugh, adults walk and laugh, and people interact like people do all over the world. Of course it is different because I AM IN AFRICA!
There is so much to see and do in the next two weeks. So many people to meet. The hardest part about travel is that you have to realize you can't see everything and there is a very real chance you will not ever go back to get a second chance. This is why travel is so special because the experience you have today will never happen again. The people you see will probably never been seen by you again. It's why I love to travel.