Aberdeen to Marrakesh

Aberdeen to Marrakesh

There is no feeling quite as frustrating as missing the sunshine, in the middle of winter, in Scotland! The thought and only of being able to escape for some sunshine made my heart sing, so as soon as the opportunity arose (aka tickets to fly from Aberdeen to Marrakesh), I pulled the bullet and did it.Β Aberdeen to Marrakesh

During my five years residency in Aberdeen there have been many times that I wished I lived in a big(ger) city like Edinburgh, not for the masses of people that will stumble upon me during rush hour, but for the convenience of having an airport nearby that would allow me to travel anywhere in the world. And then there are moments where I sit back, have a glass of mulled wine and a mince pie at the Northern Lights executive lounge at Aberdeen airport, exactly 35′ after living my flat in Aberdeen city brew and I realise how lucky I am! Everything I need, I actually have it here, right in front of me….

Meticulously observing the airplanes taking off and landing, makes, the anxious flyer inside me, relax and worry less about things as (in a weird sense) I feel that I have everything under control. Arriving at the airport hours prior to my flight and making sure that I get a good spot to observe the runway is of utmost importance. Knowing that there will always be a window seat at the Northern Lights executive lounge at Aberdeen airport for me to sit and observe gives me a great peace of mind, and it is something that I am actually looking forward to these days before every flight.

Flying from Aberdeen to Marrakesh came easy; we flew to London Gatwick and then took an early morning flight from Gatwick to Marrakesh airport. This was my second time flying to Morocco and in all seriousness I was bursting from excitement to get my feet on Moroccan ground!

Flying over Marrakesh is a wonderful experience – the colours, palm trees and energy of the city is so vivid – but stepping out of the plane and experiencing the heat of the sun, is another thing.

Relieved to be back in warmer climates and ready to embrace every minute of it, I slipped into my bikini, ordered an orange juice, and got the best spot by the hotel’s swimming pool.

And this is exactly where I intent to be for the next days.

HAVE YOU EVER BEEN TO MARRAKESH?

Anastasia

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Anastasia is a Greek in Scotland via England! She’s passionate about life in Aberdeen, exploring new places and petting dogs. When not working she runs Natbee’s and enjoys countryside walks with her puppy Cruz.

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36 Comments

  1. December 12, 2018 / 4:42 pm

    Morocco looks amazing! I’m hoping to make it there this summer!
    Adam x

    • Anastasia
      Author
      December 16, 2018 / 2:40 pm

      Thanks Adam, keep an eye for my Ultimate Travel Guide coming soon, you might find it useful especially since you are planning a trip there soon…

    • Anastasia
      Author
      December 16, 2018 / 2:41 pm

      It’s a unique place, If you are planning a trip perhaps have a look at my previous travel posts you might find them useful x

  2. December 14, 2018 / 7:20 pm

    I’ve never been to Marrakesh but I’ve seen it’s beautiful! I’m glad you got some days of wamrth and sunshine dear! I’m in my hometown in Argentina right now and it’s summertime here πŸ™‚ Enjoy your holidays dear!
    xx

    http://www.stylebydeb.com

    • Anastasia
      Author
      December 16, 2018 / 2:42 pm

      Hi Deborah, I am so jealous of you being in Argentina! I love some sunshine and good food, even if it is before Xmas!
      x

    • Anastasia
      Author
      December 16, 2018 / 2:42 pm

      Thanks Mon! Keep an eye for my upcoming posts, you might find them useful!x

  3. Helen M
    December 15, 2018 / 6:24 pm

    What a beautiful picture Anastasia. I have never been to Marrakesh and Morocco in general has always been on my travel list. Your Instagram Stories are totally selling it for me!

    Helen x

    • Anastasia
      Author
      December 16, 2018 / 2:42 pm

      Thank you Helen! I am glad you enjoyed my updates πŸ™‚

  4. Katerina
    December 15, 2018 / 6:27 pm

    I am SO JEALOUS that you are in Marrakesh and you are enjoying the beautiful sunshine that we are currently deeply missing in Germany! Keep posting, I love your Instagram updates xx

    • Anastasia
      Author
      December 16, 2018 / 2:43 pm

      Hehe thanks Katerina! It’s a nice trip especially before the Xmas madness!x

  5. Rebecca
    December 15, 2018 / 6:33 pm

    I know you said on Twitter that it was a short transfer but I wish we had direct flights from Aberdeen! Knowing that I have to pay for an extra night’s hotel sleep and take extra days off really make me think twice before booking my tickets. Are you going to write a travel guide post by any chance? I am curious to know more about the Souks, how to barter, how liberal the locals are towards the tourists and if it is worth it or if it’s just a place for Instagrammers…

    Sorry for asking too many questions, I am just curious about your honest opinion.

    Thanks,
    Rebecca

    • Anastasia
      Author
      December 16, 2018 / 2:46 pm

      I can understand your furstration but we chose flights that were late at night, so ultimately all we did was walk into the BLOC hotel (from North to South terminal), slept for a couple of hours and then took the early morning flight to Morocco. Considering that the hotel is in the airport it is merely a fuss πŸ™‚
      I will indeed write a Blog post with my impressions after visiting for the second time and include all my honest thoughts. I will also have some tips on the Souks, how much to pay for a taxi and so on, that you might find useful.

      Not a problem at all, I am more than happy to help!
      Anastasia

  6. December 16, 2018 / 2:34 pm

    Is it weird that I’ve never heard of this place?
    It looks so awesome and delightfully warm.
    Seems like you had a great time.

    • Anastasia
      Author
      December 16, 2018 / 2:39 pm

      Thanks for your comment Thomas. I don’t know to which place you are referring, Aberdeen or Marrakesh?!

  7. December 17, 2018 / 5:34 am

    Hi very good blog
    Thank for sharing such a valuable information

    • Anastasia
      Author
      December 17, 2018 / 2:53 pm

      Thank you for your comment John, I am glad you enjoyed my post πŸ™‚

  8. December 17, 2018 / 8:41 am

    Marrakesh looks spectacular and amazing and I have heard a lot of interesting and good things about it. I have not been and it is one place on my to-do list of places to visit!

    xoxo
    Lovely
    http://www.mynameislovely.com

    • Anastasia
      Author
      December 17, 2018 / 2:54 pm

      Thank you Lovely for your comment, it is indeed a very different place and I think everyone should visit at least once in their life! I will write a detailed Travel Guide so please come back and have a look, you might find it interesting especially if you are planning a trip! x

  9. Tanja
    December 17, 2018 / 7:52 pm

    OK, I am so jealous right now. It’s been snowing in New England for the past 2 weeks, lucky you to visit Marrakesh!
    Love from Tanja
    xx

    • Anastasia
      Author
      December 17, 2018 / 7:57 pm

      Hehe, I knowww! I have seen it in your Instagram, your Instagram Stories btw are so beautiful, I love how beautiful you decorated your balcony and garden!
      Thank you for all your comments on my Blog posts lately πŸ™‚ xx

  10. December 18, 2018 / 7:37 am

    This looks amazing dear! What a lovely trip. Thanks for sharing your experience. I have Marrakesh on my bucket list for years now.
    Jessica | notjessfashion.com

    • Anastasia
      Author
      December 18, 2018 / 11:58 am

      Thank you Jess, I am glad you liked it πŸ™‚ x

  11. December 19, 2018 / 12:08 am

    Marrakesh looks like pure magic, that absolute pool side paradise has me dreaming of some scorching sun ASAP! The colours and scenic views sound like utter bliss, so perfect. It’s always lovely escaping the winter blues in exchange for some gorgeous tropical weather and December is the perfect time for that πŸ™‚ I hope you have the happiest holiday ever and enjoy every moment β™₯︎

    Sophie | http://www.soinspo.com xo

    • Anastasia
      Author
      December 21, 2018 / 11:48 am

      Thank you so much Sophie! It’s amazing going on a week getaway in search of the sunshine, isn’t it? πŸ™‚

  12. December 19, 2018 / 9:23 am

    Ohyes just been to Marrakech in September and absolutely loved it!!
    If you still need some tips and recommendations – head over to my blog if you like πŸ™‚

    Enjoy your stay! β™₯

    Tina

    • Anastasia
      Author
      December 21, 2018 / 11:49 am

      Thank you Tina, we are back now so it wont be needed. I will definitely have a read for next time though πŸ™‚

  13. December 31, 2018 / 5:12 pm

    I loved all of your insta updates from this trip. Looking forward to your blogpost x

    • Anastasia
      Author
      December 31, 2018 / 5:26 pm

      Aww thanks Jo, coming right your way soon x

  14. January 5, 2019 / 8:05 am

    How was your trip?! What swimwear did you end up wearing?! All these questions I am invested in hearing the answer! haha I hope you had a wonderful time! It looks so beautiful over there!!

    Chloe x | chloeinroses.com

    • Anastasia
      Author
      January 7, 2019 / 3:26 pm

      Hey Chloe! It was really good thanks, I am going to write a post with more details soon! Hoping you will like it and I promise to provide the answers to all of your questions!x

  15. January 5, 2019 / 8:20 am

    Been there last year (October). Morocco is a spectacular country offering a unique opportunity to discover enormously varied and attractive natural spaces

    • Anastasia
      Author
      January 7, 2019 / 3:25 pm

      It is a unique country I totally agree with this. I am glad you liked my post!

  16. Daniela
    February 8, 2019 / 10:38 pm

    I visited Morocco and Marrakech three years ago and I loved it so much!! It’s a great idea to escape winter and visit that beautiful country.

    Daniela
    http://www.smellofjasmine.com/

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