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My 3rd day, 2 days past & 1 medina experience

SPAIN | Wednesday, 29 July 2009 | Views [2313]

Day 1 & 2 - Marrakesh

Snake charmers, charming snakes, great cooled freshly squeezed orange juice from the plaza Jamal Fna (the main square in Marrakesh where all the snake charmers are), spices and cameleons, The souk's magic is enebreating.  Mint tea on a rooftop cafe - panoramic views of adobe houses, grand mosques & satellite dishes; then the star find: "La Terrace des Epices" our food haven for lunch....kept cool by water misters in our very own booth.  We (other couchsurfers from Oz Jo and Mike) eat tropical salads and tagines....with a capitalist "2 chocolates" desert (exessively rich....to die for!).  

This was to prepare us for an encounter with a "faux guide" whom had adopted us for what he thought would be a guided tour of the tanneries.  20 minutes into following him through the medina....we sense trouble and have to pull the emergency handle!  We go our own way....he is not please!  Asks for money.....hey hey.....I hand over a couple of coins to get him off our back...he's insulted....money comes flying back at us  DUCK!  We walk on....end of THAT!

Later comes on epiphany:  my outfit for burning man this year - a saudi dress (thawb), full with babouchkas, robe, keffiyeh (turban) ... and don' t forget the sunshades. 

Day 3  - Essaouira

There is a calling to get our of Marrakesh.  Essaouira is the flavour of my day, so here I am.  5PM sipping mint tea again, people watching, while a fresh breeze cools my otherwise overheated body from the last 2 days in 40°C+ temps in Marrakesh.


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