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Final Update on Packing and Weather

On the road to Azrou

Hello VMS Students!

Shino and I have arrived in Morocco and are busy making final preparations before your arrival. This Yak is a final reminder of some packing advice as well as an update on what the weather is like.

I spent the last couple days in Fez, where it was cool and rainy. I arrived today to Azrou and have loved seeing how much snow has fallen in recent days! I have attached a couple of pictures to give you a sense of the snow. It snowed quite a bit yesterday and the day before, and people in town are busy clearing snow off of sidewalks. It is a brilliant day here and the snow is already melting a bit which means there is a ton of slush!

Here is how weather is looking for next week:

  • While in Moulay Idriss – it looks like highs in the 50s and lows in the 30s.
  • While in Azrou – highs in the 40s and lows in the 20s. It doesn’t look like more snow will be coming to Azrou, but it could!
  • Our time in Fez is a bit far out to predict, but we can assume highs in the 50s and lows in the 30s, with rain.

In terms of packing, make sure you bring a warm jacket and warm layers (base layer, sweatshirt, hat, gloves, scarf, and warm socks). I am glad to have my long underwear with me as well as waterproof shoes. With the rain in Fez and the melting snow in Azrou, waterproof shoes will help keep your feet dry and relatively-warm. There isn’t a need for snow-pants. Winter-boots are up-to-you. I recommend something not too bulky, but waterproof, as much of the snow may melt in Azrou by the time we arrive. That being said, this week I have been reminded of how cold one can feel in Morocco. Most indoor places are not heated, or not heated well. I wear my coat and hat most times (even indoors) and find my feet are perpetually cold. Come prepared to layer and you’ll be ready!

I hope that last minute advice is helpful and we look forward to seeing you very soon!

~Cara