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After the buildup to the festival and the craziness it was hard to imagine what do next. When we saw the crowds build up on Thursday it was an easy decision to get out of town on Friday before the real mayhem starts. Alan and I are up for a good party – yesseree – till about midnight. Then bed.
Friday morning we were up bright and early-ish. Way earlier than our other festival attendees. The stage area was ...
... a very unassuming entrance. In Istanbul, the underground cistern, though 5 or 6 times bigger, is one of the main tourist attractions. This one in El Jadida is 16th century and every bit as well preserved....so definitely potential here. I feel like writing a blueprint for them...sort out the campsite, generate some income off the cistern, reinvest it into the fort!
Gibraltar to the Canaries
Friday the 13th, 08:00 had arrived, time to leave Gibraltar. Slowly I steered Orca out of the marina with Peter, skipper of "Oriel Angel" a New Zealand registered Bavaria 50 footer, keeping 200 meters behind, they too were heading for the Canaries, then the Caribbean. The day was threatening to rain with grey overcast and very light winds. The narrow strait of Gibraltar has a very big tidal flow into ...
... what I was expecting from El Jadida, based on my previous experiences with coastal towns, but much like Meknes, this market brought life to this city. Even at 9PM at night, this city was still bustling with life.
Roaming around the markets for a little while, I had more than enough of the crowds and headed back to my hotel to save my energy for my last full day in Morocco.
Waking up to some noise from a construction crew outside the hotel, ...
... if it would have been in July (no Ramadan) but, at the same time, the harassment levels would have been through the roof so I'm probably fortunate to have been here now. In all honesty, the heat hasn't been half as challenging as I thought it would be, despite my cracks about air conditioning - you get used to it.
I'll miss the call to prayer.
But not breakfast.
See you soon!