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  • Morocco was the first place I ever traveled out of the country. My boyfriend, who I had just started dating, asked if I wanted to go and to his surprise I said, "sure!".

    I had 7 weeks to prepare (including getting a passport). I had no idea what to expect, I didn't even know where Morocco was.

    I remember telling everyone I knew about my plans and after the initial, "you're so lucky!" followed, "Is it safe there?"

    Even my military brothers were giving me ways to contact the US Embassy.

    I guess the news does a great job of freaking people out. I didn't know what the big deal was. I wasn't scared at all, I was excited!

    We stayed in Casablanca and took road trips to Marrakech and Agadir.

    While in Marrakech we walked through Jamaa Lafna Square. We spotted a small cafe on the second floor and went up to take in the view.

    It was amazing. You could smell the food coming from the vendors and hear the massive crowd of people shopping below.

    It turned out to be the best trip I have taken so far.

    About three months after we returned to the States, I received a disturbing email. A suicide bomber had blown up a cafe in the same location we had just been in.

    I was shocked. It's crazy to think three months earlier I was laughing, drinking mint tea, and taking pictures in a place that may no longer exist.

    Even after this unfortunate event I am still not scared to travel.

    Some people may think I'm crazy, but I learned so much Morocco about the culture and myself.

    I wouldn't change a thing about it.
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