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... br> Now, Fez is more than just Sufi music/chant/dance, though that would have been enough. We also explored the interior and exterior of the medina (old town), including the leather tanning complex, smells and all. Thankfully, the colors and activities more than compensated for the aroma!
We also spent an afternoon visiting two nearby towns - Moulay Yacoub and Moulay Odriss, both sacred to the Moroccan Muslims. All in all, a moving experience.
... the phrases I wrote in the beginning of this blog). Although, there was one thing that really bothered me. There were snake charmers that had drugged the snakes and they looked half dead when they were holding them. This was pretty disturbing to see. Not only this, but they also had monkeys dressed in ridiculous outfits on leashes. There were also turtles in cages in the sun. Everything about the way they treat animals in this country is just so wrong. Even at tagine places on the ...
... me, I ended up buying a small rug that was quite beautiful. I still feel I gave too much for it - the shop started at 1700 dirhams, and we finally settled at 850 dirhams. PS - I now thoroughly regret this purchase - the product was not good, perhaps was swapped, and it was not worth exchanging it due to the high cost of couriering it back to the shop. I would not recommend this shop - or if you do buy - remember buyer beware dictum.
It was the day of the long ride ...
... of the men dress in the djellaba, (a loose long garment)) but about three quarters of the women covered their heads and/or wear the djellaba gown. Only saw a very few in the full veiled burqua though. While Morocco passed a law a few years ago granting a lot of rights to women, men are still allowed extra wives, but the first wife has to approve, then the husband has to document that he can afford it. The same law gave women the right to divorce her husband ...
... very dangerous. With this in mind we hailed a taxi and he
took us into the medina, where we had the next challenge of finding a
hostel/hotel. Everywhere was shut (with it being 5am) so the taxi
driver knocked on a couple of the doors for us and eventually found
us a hotel. The hotel however was very expensive, but I managed to
knock him down 100 dihrams for the night as we didnt care how posh
the room was, we just wanted ...