Dar El Jadida
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... I know all of this is pretty exciting.
Because I had time on my hands and I thought our room was pitiful and I was feeling neglected by the travel gods, I found a solution – on the internet of all places!
We would take the train to Fes, our next big destination and a UNESCO World Heritage site, and we would stay at the place of my dreams….
I will fill up the remaining space with cute cat ...
... sink complete with a concrete sloping ribbed scrub board as they have on many camps, specifically for washing clothes, but these were covered in a green algae slime. The squats and showers were as bad as the ones at Assilah. We took a vote and decided to stay dirty for another 24 hours! The irony is that this place is 300m from the most beautiful sandy beach and promenade. The urge to buy the place and do something with it was great....but not great enough!
... blow to our schedule as we decided we would need to divert to Casablanca. This would mean a night approach into the port and to find a marina that would have space. Then to find a sail maker that could do the repair. As much as I wanted to just continue I had to face the fact that without the Genoa it would be a very long trip to the Canaries.
After nearly seven hours we arrived outside the port entrance. Peter called the port authorities to get permission to enter ...
... from the top back into the array of buildings withing the walls. Many people still call this old city home, but alot of the buildings were in bad shape and some even collapsed in on themselves. There was trash everywhere and it was obvious that the lives of the people inside the old city was quite a bit worse than outside the walls. Making my way through the trash and kinda feeling bad for the people that had to live here, I made my way to the cistern - ...
... on a daily basis (for the last 5 weeks), I have such a huge guard around me that I plow through everything with my head down and my teeth gritted. It's a soul-deteriorating space to be. Moreso because it's not the kind of person I am and not the kind of person I want to be. But 9/10 times when I let that guard down, someone tries to take advantage of me.
Ramadan doesn't make it easier. No one's eating, myself ...