Cutting Edge!

Tarifa Travel Blog

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Map indicating our location at the border of Europe and Africa!

Wait a minute, was I really seeing this?  Were they really that close?  The surfers and kite surfers having a field day on the beach seemed oblivious to it.  Yet I could see it or at least the faint outline of it… 

Once the bus pulled into the Tarifa bus stand, I checked into one of the local backpackers since I was not able to find a host for the night in this Spanish frontier town.  One and half month into my travels since leaving Australia, this was the very first night I was paying for accommodation, partly cause I did not look too hard for a host and also because I wanted to catch up on some much needed blogging, some privacy and some sleep.  Little of that eventuated following the conversation with a German bloke whose wife recently divorced him; the cutting-edge real life story of which proved to be way more beefy than the meat on my plate in the local eatery.

This is the cutting Edge of Europe. I stand brazen on the rocks of Europe while the waves threaten to wash me away to the mountains of Africa you see in the distance...
  He had just completed a 7 day tramp (hike) in the mountains to help him get over his own feelings. 

The next day I explored Tarifa town on some of its cobbled streets and indulged in the very reason I chose to make Tarifa one of my pit stops along my journey.  I was already beginning to see signs of it in the form of Moorish designs on the inner walls of my hostel as well as some of the building structures here.  I then went to the very edge, the cutting edge of continental Europe!!!

In the distance as if mysteriously, I could see huge ships plying the strait.  I had a moment as I could now clearly see the mountains of Africa on the other side.  There in the distance shimmering away is the majestic world of Morocco with its sights and sounds especially that of the Islamic call to pray over their cities: a very different culture, a different religion and a different continent with all that goes with it and one, that I was heading to very soon.

The 35 minute ferry that transports commuters the land equivalent of 14.3 kilometres from Europe to Morocco in Africa.
  On one side I touched the waters of the Atlantic ocean and on the other, the Mediterranean sea.  I saw the ferry that transports people in 35 minutes from one continent to the other, the land equivalent of 14.3 kilometres.  That’s not even the distance from one part of Adelaide to the other!  Regardless, here the waters were choppy and the wind so strong, I had to ensure I walked slowly but with firm footing to ensure I would not be blown away to another continent.  I know that’s a bit of an exaggeration although it is well possible with being blown into the sea and the waters carrying you to Africa, not far from here at all.  It was as if the universe was trying to tell you, there is a totally different world out there; be ready to be enchanted, shocked and mesmerised at the same time!

With that I did the Aussie thing of pissing into the waters connecting the continents.

Ships traverse through the narrow but deep strait.
  Before the Spanish authorities had the opportunity to get pissed off with me, I pissed off to Gibraltar, a British Overseas Territory, only a few kilometres away and where I experienced a giddying assault on my senses…  

Kynsley says:
i understand that feeling. but there is always an option to go there again.
Part of the reason i chose morocco as another one of my destinations was so that i could go there by ferry from europe and say i crossed from one continent to the other by ferry in 30 minutes across the straits of Gibraltar! lol
Posted on: Nov 27, 2011
Chokk says:
I still regret that I didnt take the ferry across with my car when I was there
Posted on: Nov 22, 2011
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