Within minutes of landing on African soil and producing a poorly photocopied Moroccan Public Health Passenger Form, I was ushered into a small room in Agadir Al-Massira Airport. With no signal on my phone, and a warning from my telephone provider about roaming charges, I was grateful to discover I was not about to live out an episode of— instead, I was about to get my first taste of Morrocan hospitality, by being offered something to drink.
Those first few moments proved to be a taste of how my first press trip abroad would go. Fleeting moments of apprehension, followed by a feeling of being completely at home. As it turns out, there are a lot of similarities between the Irish and the Moroccan people — and it starts with tea. Everywhere I went during my too-short stay in Agadir I was offered mint tea. Luckily, I adored the stuff from the first sip as to decline is considered an insult. After settling the stomach with the so-called ‘Moroccan whiskey’ (a nickname for the tea that gave the teetotallers among us their second fright in as many minutes), we were introduced to travel representative Laila, and our driver, Said, who were to become as familiar to us as the sweet smell of sugared peppermint.
Nicole was a guest of Sunway. Its seven-night packages to Agadir, which include flights (Ryanair fly direct from Dublin to Agadir), accommodation and services of the Sunway Rep, range from €283pp at the three-star Argana Hotel (B&B) to €934pp at the five-star Riu Palace Tikida (all-inclusive) this August. See sunway.ie
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