Hotel Ahlen Tangier
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... who want to show you around their city. Language was not an issue. Most people realized we are English and spoke the language. If that didn't work, we could speak french and get by. Once again, we relied on Rick Steves to show us the way. It is a bit of a gutsy move to venture in to the old Medina (town) on your own, but we relied on Cranky's previous experience with souks and markets (as well as a rough, hand-drawn map from our book) to find our way.
... we need to worry about that. Some other tourist that we end up talking to while we wait are in a slighter tighter time frame given they are catching a ferry back to Spain that afternoon (I think they should have just made it!)
After around an hour another bus turns up and we have to change buses again in the next major town before carrying onto Tangier. We head off to find a bus or grand taxi to take us the last part to Asilah.
... We told him this was the wrong one, and then in stunted French (which was failing me through the ordeal) had to direct a very grumpy driver who was starting to sigh loudly and often, to the correct area we were staying in. Sick of babying him with regards to where to turn and listening to his sighs we eventually decided to get out with a 5 minute walk to go and paid him the agreed 20 Durham. (Three cheers for GPS!)
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... us aphrodisiacs for “lazy husbands.” Thanks, really, but no thanks.
I noticed that people were much nicer to me if I spoke in Spanish rather than English. At a scarf shop, I spoke Spanish to one of the sellers and he was far more enthusiastic and polite than to the people speaking in English with obnoxious American accents. Obviously, the guy was trying to sell his goods, but he did let me try on a scarf and told me I looked like a princess with it ...
Lovely sunset on the way back into Tarifa. There were some serious German COWBOYS on the ferry back. I don't know where they were from but they looked crazy. I got a picture or two of them. Tomorrow morning I head to Granada by way of Gibraltar. Long day of travel. I couldn't get tickets to see the main part of the Alhambra - I can't believe they're sold out until May but apparently they are. I'll still get to see the gardens though, which should be ...