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Got 1st class tix. had compartment to ourselves for awhile--laid down & slept. In Meknes 2 others came in.
Nice driver took us to the Cottages. Difficult to find, but he was very nice.
Got in our cottage, Sylvain showed us around. Went to the pool.
Laid down, not feeling well. A/C not working. Sylvain couldn't get it to work, so we moved to another cottage.
Dinner: chicken & couscous--delish.
We walked. It was hot.
Lunch at (name coming) on way to Jardin Majorelle. I was dying for some iced tea. Of course, there was nothing like that on the menu. I saw someone at a table with a glass of ice, and it occurred to me that I could make my own.
We ordered Salade Variee and The Noir with glasses of ice. The server looked at us with confusion, "Verres? Avec glacons?" Oui. He went over to make the tea, which was right in front of where ...
... has air conditioning, so he got the prices for me. Marrakech to Meknes is a nearly 7-hour train ride, so I had to go with 1st Class; I just couldn't see sweltering for seven hours.
He also made an appointment for us at a spa for messages. We both woke up with migraines. Sigh. We both took Imitrex. Our appointment was for 1 pm, so we relaxed until then. Fortunately, Hunter's migraine went away. Mine improved quite a bit after I laid down for awhile.
... to eat. The teas were so refreshing. The tagines were pretty good. It's an upscale place, targeted to tourists--that's all that was in there. I'm ready for something a little more authentic next time, though.
After we ate we continued down the one street to the end. The streets were much more lively than this morning with people on bikes and motorcycles, pedestrians, and people selling all kinds of things. We turned around and then made our way back to ...
... I am probably being charged roughly 15 euros by the end of all the bank charges. So let me tac these fees onto the money taken out plus my flight, extra bag, and bus from Santander to Madrid and looky loo somehow my figures are now triple, if not more, what I allocated in the first place. So with that said, I'm not taking out any more money so what's there is what's there, meaning for this week, I am on a diet let's say. Sucks because there is so much good cheap food here but ...