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... lunch as a thank you. Mint tea went down a treat as always but the food... very average at best! It was good to chat away to the two Germans. I forget their names, but they told me some interesting stories. The Moroccan German guy came over to visit family, and although he speaks good Arabic, if a local can hear the German twang he will still try and overcharge him at the markets. So his cousin will tell him to keep quiet whilst he barters it down for him. Interesting! The other ...
... you have to deal with snake charmers, palm readers, monkeys and touts. If you get too close to a snake charmer you have a snake around your neck before you know it. Given my fear of snakes there was no way I was venturing near them. There is a maze of windy small streets with souks and bazaars. There is an area to the north of the Medina where the tanneries are located. We were conned into visiting the tanneries which was quite an experience. Neither of us had ever been ...
... there were musicians playing music and crowds of people watching them. Olivia and I bargained with a store owner for about 10 minutes and got her a camel leather bag.
The next day I went back to the markets and there are a few things you should know. Expect to get lost and spend 4 hours walking around, just how it is. The streets can get pretty narrow and there are people walking everywhere as well as ...
"Bonjour. How much for these?"
"Hmm. I'll give you thirty"
"I know someone who paid thirty for a pair of these, so that's all I'm paying"
"OK... so forty"
(he begins to wrap them up as if the deal is done)
"I'll give you thirty, that's it"
(he tries to hand them to me to lock me in to the sale, my hands stay by my sides)
... is doubtful, confusion probable, admiration...I think not.
“La la la, la Mimmouna, la la laaa, la Mimmouna…” Despite my Arabic flourishing quite exquisitely, I've begun casting around for a replacement and, zoning in on someone particularly vulnerable-looking and easy to subdue, I grab their hands and whizz them into the centre, taking their seat with a great, hoomph! Looking up, I notice that everyone is clapping!
Not at ...