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... Many of them are born and raised in the medina in Fes and have lived and worked since their apprenticeships at a very young age and have mastered the work that they do. Also, all the work they do is interconnected to each other and to the city. The knife sharpener sharpens the blade that the woodworker uses to create a mallet that the copper smith uses to form the copper into shape. It harkens back to a day when everyone had a key role to play in the small ecosystem of a town or ...
We did a 9 hour tour of the Fez medina today it is going to be really hard to describe everything that we did but here we go. We started off driving to the palace of the Moroccan royal family in the morning, followed by a walk through the old Jewish district dating back to the 1400's. We only really walked down one street the jumped back in the van and drove up to a fortification up on the hill looking over the whole of Fez particularly the medina. It was one of two towers that ...
... Caleb's chest. I stood up and yelled across the square "Monsieur"... probably for the better nothing more occurred. I would have been outnumbered I think - Moroccans versus Canadians at the square.
Christine pulled out the rainbow looms and several of the soccer kids came over and Caleb and Christine taught them how to do it. At one point there were seven kids making bracelets - then a few older kids wandered over and stole the ...
... carpet weavers and the food market. He showed us the caravanserai - an enclosed courtyard surrounded by buildings where traders with their wares (and caravans) ended up in the medina. Rooms were rented by them in the caravanserai, their wares unloaded on the ground floor and they slept upstairs.
The tannery was an eye-opener. Smells emanated from behind the walls and we were handed sprigs of mint to hold to our noses as we entered. The strong odour of tanning leather ...
Then it was on to see the tanneries. They have a really fascinating but stinky way of processing the leather. It's put in these huge vats to soak in the dies and people are employed to turn the leather over in the vats. This involves standing up to their waist in the die and stomping on the leather and then pulling each piece out, turning them all over and putting them back in ...