Dar El Qdima
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... when the city began to trade with Manchester (the origin of the tea which led to the development of Morocco's ubiquitous drink) as a way to avoid the Bubonic plague. A small island a short distance from the harbour, and walkable at low tide, was also used to quarantine those believed to be afflicted.
Essaouira is a charming city, all white stone walls with blue shutters, doors and fishing boats, discovered by the hippies in the 1960s and attracting a steady, if ...
... courses, then three storied buildings. The lowest level is a garage, some are rented to merchants as souks. The other two stories are for a 2 storied home. They are attached, and at first glance they look like apartments. People by the shell first then build the interior. Every unit has a satellite dish. There was a lot of new construction. After awhile there was only new construction...then none. Our bus started rocking, a little like a ...
... they were still big enough to make us glad there was a large stone wall in the way.
For the most part we did our own cooking in Essaouira. There was a bakery a few twists and turns away from the house, and Elias would go out in the morning with a few dirhams and come back with fresh loaves of hot bread, which we would eat with eggs, butter, and tea for breakfast. There is a main street in the medina, which has vegetables, fruit, meat, ...
... town, let me describe it from
the eyes of two young, white girls with dreadlocks.
Every day as soon as we step out of our
hotel, we get harassed. Half of the time its people shouting 'Rasta
Pasta' at us, or asking how long we have had our 'Rasta's' for. Also
people trying to attract our attention by shouting 'Rasta, hello,
bonjour, ca va, sorry, where are you from, Rasta!!' Or asking if we
want hash or opium.
When we first got here, we felt rude
... A religious truck-driver stopped for me. Named Abuhafs Libdy, he wore a navy skull cap, a white flowing robe, and a beard. He called Osama Bin Laden, his "brother".
He said the Muslim greeting, "As-salaam Allaykam", meant security, freedom. "Islam" meant peace. He said no true Muslim would perpetrate the attacks of 9-11. He told me, instead, "Les juifs sont dangereux!" (The Jews are dangerous!) He said ...