What is Western Sahara?!
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I'm a freak when it comes to topography: ever since I was a young boy I've been memorising the countries of the world, their flags and their capitals. And all that time there was this strange spot on the map of the world, in the northwest of the African continent. Spanish Sahara, Western Sahara or simply "Sahara". Immediately when I booked the ticket to Morocco I knew it: I'm gonna go to that strange spot to find out what it really is.
There is no border crossing between Morocco and Western Sahara, just a police checkpoint every ten kilometres. Morocco has a claim on the Sahara and considers it as their own province. In the streets of Laayoune, the capital, the Moroccan police is everywhere, as well as the UN troops that have been here since the Spanish left the country. Officially simply Western Sahara doesn't belong to anyone. When you're there, try to start a conversation with a local, a Sahrawi, and talk about the political situation here...it makes you shiver...
Besides all this the country is just incredibly interesting: Laayoune is a strange city with the weirdest buildings, the struggle against the desert is visible everywhere, and places like the Spanish fort in Dchira and the village Tarfaya are some of the most impressive and catching places I've ever been. Western Sahara for me was a trip that exceeded the "seeing-part". It was a "feeling" experience!