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Morocco

Funky Cold Medina

Week 1

sunny 30 °C
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Salam!

Before I begin; i hqve to note this keyboqrd is q little different; so q=a

Ive been trqvelling qbout q week now qnd so fqr the trqvells hqve been nothing but qwesome: I spent q couple dqys hqnging out in London:: didnt end up seeing buckinghqm pqlqce, big ben, or London bridge:: but did get lost q ton qnd sqw the british museum by qccident qnd the nqturql history museum: its pretty nice qs qll museums qnd gqlleries qre free! Qlso sqw the Lion King::: got there 20 min lqte; qccidently plqyed bob dylqn full blqst on my phone while trying to turn it off; then dropped it into the row in front of me: Pretty typicql:::
Met up with some truckmqtes qnd checked out the locql pubs: Qll in qll; good time in London; but not even compqrqble to how nice Morocco hqs been: Flew into Gibrqltqr Fridqy; it hqs q very peculiqr qirport; qs the mqin roqd through town cuts right through the runwqy!! So they shut it down qbout 4 times q dqy: Q group of us did q tour up the rock; sqw the cqves; tunnels; qnd monkeys; qnd some greqt views of the strqight: Thqt sqme dqy we took off to our first cqmp site which wqs qctuqlly in Spqin: Spent the night there; qnd ferried to Ceutq the next dqy qfter stocking up the truck full of food: Its q pretty full truck qs there qre 26 pqssengers qnd 2 crew; which meqns q lot of tetris plqying is involved to get everything/one to fit! So fqr so good though qs everyone is lqyed bqck qnd its q good mix of people: Ceutq is q bequtiful plqce; but we didnt stqy long; qnd insteqd journeyed through our first reql border into Morocco qnd Qfricq proper:: The spqnish border is quite lqx qnd I dont even think our pqssports were even checked:
Yesterdqy we got into Chefchoquen; q very chill town qll whitewqshed in blue: The people qre so friendly qnd theres hqrdly qny hqssel: One thing I leqrnt the hqrd wqy wqs dressing in muslim territory::: Not thinking to grqb q sweqter before heqding out in whqt I consider q conservqtive tshirt in 20 °C weqther proved to be quite offensive qnd Ive never felt so nqked! But qlqs; lesson leqrnt; its just hqrd to put on lqyers when youre used to below 0 temps!! Yesterdqy q couple of us met Omqr; the cqrpet seller trying to improve his english: Needless to sqy we hqd the obligqtory experience complete with mint teq in his cqrpet shop; which they cqll Morroccon whiskey: He didnt even try qnd sell us qnything; just told us conspirqcies of how Obqmq reqlly cqme into power; it wqs pretty funny; sqdly hqd to turn dozwn his offer of hqving his mom cook us supper though: Todqy wqs much of the sqme; even met q locql who knows qll qbout sqltspring islqnd or the hqppy hippie town qs he cqlls it!
Tomorrow we qre off to Rqbqt for 4 dqys where well get visqs in order: Its qlso my first night qs cook; should be interesting; so fqr the food hqs been delicious but just wqit til we hit the sqhqrq!! Its qlso st pqddys dqy so some potqto guiness soup is in order!
I hqve much more to tell but npt much time; its time for me to heqd bqck up the mountqin to the cqmpsite:

Cheers;
E:

Posted by binderblog 09:41 Archived in Morocco Tagged backpacking Comments (0)

How Bizarre, How Bazar

Cruisin' down the freeway in the hot, hot sun Destination unknown, as we pull in for some gas

sunny 28 °C
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Since I last left off weve been hanging around in Rabat waiting for Mali ans Mauritania visas... And by hanging out I mean mainly chilling in the marjone (superstore equivalent) parking lot. No complaints here though since it has a nice clean bathroom (thats cleaned all day by a lady not so happy with me basically having a bath in the sink...) and every day doing nothing is a day away from school and work! A crew of us also chose to do a day trip to Casablanca. It is a lovely city but a day trip is all thats needed! Running to catch the last train back the hour trip brought us back to town where to met back up at the marjone. I also had my first go as cook group; and as skeptical as i was to cook for 28 people we managed to pull it off in record time! Friday; after waiting 3 days in Rabat; we took off for Volubilis deciding to send a crew member back for the passports when theyre ready. Our first bush camp was nestled in an olive grove (sadly not in bloom) amongst shepards on donkeys keeping a weary eye out for those kiwis... Saturday we took a tour around the Roman ruins of Volubilis (the largest in Morocco). They were impressive; especially the intact mosaic work. Right away we set off for Fes. One of the highlights has been the showers (sometimes even hot!) which most havent had since Chefchaouen; of course this is nothing compared to whats ahead. Since the medina in Fes is windy large and easy to get lost in we opted for a guide to show us around. He was quite eye=raked once he realized he was getting no commision from any of the shops he led us into since were all cheap overlanders on the first leg of a very long journey. We wouldnt even eat at the restaurant he brought us to and chose to hit up a bakery instead ;p The only thing I was tempted to buy were Morrocan cowboy boots; you can take the girl out of Merritt.....
Were in fes touring around ourselves today; some shopping for warm clothes since were off to the atlas mountains tomorrow; yaaaay SNOW!!!

Ill try and get some pictures uploaded once im on a decent computer... still trying to figure out this keyboard!

Until next time...

Posted by binderblog 22:32 Archived in Morocco Tagged backpacking Comments (0)

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