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... day of my life but that I have never really seen like that. They didn't have a bathroom or toilet so a refreshing shower was off the cards and I started feeling a little silly for bringing all our toiletries! Instead we used the Berber toilet, which was just the desert. They prepared a lovely breakfast of tea, oranges, bread and omelettes for us and we sat and enjoyed them with Sayed as we psyched ourselves for another day on the camels. We bid farewell to our ...
... corners, into larger streets, down dark tunnels, around another corner, through a small but prettily tiled door into a large, plush restaurant. A thousand surprises in the medina. Later, he was to show us the Islamic University still operating near the centre. We had the first of many interesting lunches. For once, without wine, which will be good for us. The first course was a selection of ten small plates, each with a vegetarian delicacy, such as ...
... and a full moon. To add insult to injury, it rained a bit too. We couldn't believe our shoddy luck for getting rained on in one of the driest places on earth. It was really windy too, which made sleeping hard since we ended up inhaling a fair bit of sand. At sunrise we hiked up one of dunes barefoot and saw that our little Berber camp was surrounded by 10 other Berber camps built for tourists. It belatedly dawned on us that Berbers in the area had moved into more ...
... affair nestled right into the dunes, so while our hosts put the tagines on the charcoals, four of us headed up the nearest, fairly high dune for the sunset. Once at the top of this dune, we could then see that we were actually quite low compared to this big mamma of a dune in front of us and a challenge was thrown down by one of the Brits. It was only about 30 mins to sunset, but we reckoned we could make it with some serious ...
... is incredible. Needless to say my spending continued here.
So although Fez was really cool and beautiful, it certainly had a lot of hustle and bustle going on, so Medhi and I set off to find a different pace, in the Sahara. The drive from Fez to the Sahara, Merzouga to be more exact, was breathtaking. After leaving the city we came across snow capped peaks and then we entered the ‘oasis’ country, with the barren brown sedimentary ...
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