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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 ...
We had breakfast at the Riad at around 9 am. It was quite good with different breads/pastries, fresh orange juice, grapes, figs, a plum, English breakfast tea, fig and apricot jams, butter, and pancakes. There was also yogurt and cheese, but we didn't eat that--no more dairy for us.
Our host asked if I wanted him to get our train tickets for the 31st. He said because of Ramadan, the tickets might go quickly. So, of course, I said yes. I found out that only ...
... It took forever. Then we got our bags. Then we exchanged some dollars for dirhams (sounds like a gameshow doesn't it?). [Dirhams are equal to 10 times a Euro. Often, you can pay for things in Euros. If something is 200 Dirhams, it is equal to 20 Euros. Once I learned this it really helped me understand the cost in USD when things are priced in Dirhams.]
After that, we found our driver who was waiting for us with a sign as promised. He pointed out ...
... had arrived, and we’d decided on a takeaway from Fritos and an early night as me and a few of the others are off to the Sahara tomorrow. Poor Mary-Kate, as soon as she arrived I jumped on her to see if she wanted to join us on the trip, then paid Rachid so he could organise the bus for us. The long 8 hour drive seemed daunting, but it’ll be worth it to camp under the stars in the desert ...