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We get a wake up call at 6.30am. We have booked a full-day tour up over the Atlas Mountains to the town of Ouarzazate and the fortified city of Ait Benhaddou. We are picked up in a van by our guide and driver whose name is Abdul. Also on the tour are two young Americans. Issy is prone to car sickness so she asks if she can sit up the front with Abdul. The Americans are in the middle, so I climb into the back seat.
We head off. The first part of the drive is through ...
... despite the temperature.
It is a relatively slow and steady uphill walk taking about an hour and worth the effort. The view from the top is striking and takes your eye from the dry hills along the rocky riverbed and finally to the verdant oasis and village.
The ruins are closed to unaccompanied visitors and there are a few agencies in town that offer guided tours of the building. Should you choose to go on your own it is still ...
The reason people say something is as far away as Timbucktoo is because Timbuktu is in Mali, at the edge of the Sahara desert. You can start there and cross the desert to get to Morocco, but you will be in the desert, via camel, for 53 days. So, that's a long way.
We tried to go out for dinner in Tenerhir, but, it's a small town, and all the restaurants had only men in them. We ended up back at our hotel….
At our Hotel Timbuktu, we had breakfast in ...
... camel. It was reassurance for me that a lot of so called bad animal behaviour (that camels are notorious for) is probably because of mistreatment or bad handling. The owner accompanied Hamadu and me on our hour's wander around Amezrou, chatting about village life and about his camel. It wasn't quite my scene of Omar Shariff and Lawrence of Arabia - but it was easy company.
It was also a great way to see Amezrou village. Being on top of ...
... of Canada, but of which most Canadians are almost completely unaware.
To suggest that this essential novel falls short of greatness is hardly a criticism. I don't think it equals the best work of Rudy Wiebe or Guy Vanderhaeghe, but I am eager to get a copy of The Orenda.
Here I am trying to emulate the kind of affectionate teasing that I learned to embrace during my sojourn in the north -- I apologize to anyone (except Rob ...