Coming to a close ?
The above pic is me eating a snail, Moroccan style. It was delicious! And a bowl for about $1.
I’m writing this post from the 5* hotel in Marrakech. From the poolside actually. We have officially finished the group tour and have one last day here to spend together in luxury (African luxury mind you).
First, Casablanca is named that because there was an earthquake here and everything was destroyed except for one White House. That’s a cool story.
You might think this town would be super cool. But it wasn’t. We had one night in Casablanca and that was enough.
We had a lunch in a market with locals. We ate with our hands and this is what we ate:
After lunch we headed for the beach. At the beach we found disappointment mostly. You cannot go in the water and the hotels and bars were not that great.
The next morning we toured a mosque and that was the first Muslim church I’d been in-so very interesting.
After the tour we got on the train to Marrakech
Just one thing about the train ride-the bathroom. I don’t think it’s ever been cleaned. Ever. It was the most disgusting bathroom I’ve ever been in. And you probably saw the picture with the hole on toms Instagram. This one was worse. Imagine peeing while not touching a single thing-start to finish.
Marrakech has a great vibe. We hit the square for a local immersion experience. We ate at a food tent with the group and then had some free time to hang out with the locals.
Walking around the square there are ladies who would love to paint you with henna. I made the mistake of making eye contact with one. She grabbed my hand and started painting on me. All while I was saying NO NO NO. Then I resigned myself. She wanted me to pay 450 MAD and I paid her 50 and we both went away angry.
We toured around Marrakech and looked at some tombs, another mosque and another palace. Then we hit the Souk (shops). Toms big line was “this souks”. <insert guffaw>
The shopping was pretty great. The people were super nice and bartering is the name of the game.
It is pretty difficult to find alcohol in Morocco so we had a lot of water at lunch and when out to eat. Tom even ordered a coke once!
We could pick up wine in the supermarket-sometimes. We have a very good story to tell about the taxi guy who only spoke French and my franglais getting us a bag of warm Heineken dropped in the front seat like a drug deal. Yes, Tom was totally freaked.
Tomorrow Tom returns to Victoria and I will head off on my own to Sri Lanka. We have had a wonderful month of traveling and experiencing new things. There were only a couple times he got on my nerves-and I’m pretty sure I never annoyed him once.
Im super grateful that we were able to have this trip together.
And now the reality of traveling on my own is smacking me upside the head. I’m sure it will be fine. Right? Just a quick little 17 hour travel day for me tomorrow.
In conclusion, I’m also grateful to be alive today. I nearly stepped on a snake yesterday in the square trying to take a picture of a different one. My heart just stopped racing.
Also shout out to Rochelle and Kelsey on their wedding today! I will be thinking of you guys and missing out!!!