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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.
... sitting. He double checked again, making sure he understood what I wanted: tea in the teapot, ice in the glasses. Oui. I really think he had no idea what we were doing.
Once the black tea had steeped, I slowly poured it over the ice. Voila! Iced tea. So happy. Of course, we only had enough ice for one glass, but by the time we drank that, the rest of the tea in the pot had cooled down considerably (and so had we), so it all worked out very well. The salads were amazing too.
... much at times, especially when the motorbikes spewed clouds of exhaust all over us and everything else, but mostly it was just fascinating. Many of the smaller streets are covered, so they stay a little cooler, but the smells and the exhaust are more intense there also.
We got to our appointment a little early, but that was when I thought our appointment was at 12. Ooops. So we left and walked around some more until our actual appointment at 1:00. We found ...
... in Morocco, which ended in 1956.
- Oldest university in the world was founded in Fes by a women in 9th century.
- Leather tanneries – animal skin is turned into usable leather. First stage is putting the skin in lemon and pigeon excretion to get rid of the fat. Then they dye the leather in natural colours from poppy flowers, indigo and henna.
- Ceramic and mosaic factory – ...
... all sorts of street vendors. Just play CSN's Marrakech Express and you get the picture. We went to a herb and spice cooperative and were subjected to as high pressure a sales pitch as we have ever experienced. Liz succumbed and bought a variety of products that will reduce our age to about ten! Tonight we are catching up on the blog and postcards. Some more (boring) ...