Dar Naciria Marrakech
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Got 1st class tix. had compartment to ourselves for awhile--laid down & slept. In Meknes 2 others came in.
Nice driver took us to the Cottages. Difficult to find, but he was very nice.
Got in our cottage, Sylvain showed us around. Went to the pool.
Laid down, not feeling well. A/C not working. Sylvain couldn't get it to work, so we moved to another cottage.
Dinner: chicken & couscous--delish.
We walked. It was hot.
Lunch at (name coming) on way to Jardin Majorelle. I was dying for some iced tea. Of course, there was nothing like that on the menu. I saw someone at a table with a glass of ice, and it occurred to me that I could make my own.
We ordered Salade Variee and The Noir with glasses of ice. The server looked at us with confusion, "Verres? Avec glacons?" Oui. He went over to make the tea, which was right in front of where ...
... the Riad at around 11 am. We walked toward the spa and went into some streets that were just crazy: stalls of meat hanging in the open air (like half pigs for example)--couldn't stand the sight of the flies buzzing around the meat, stalls of some sort of cactus that I think they peel and eat??, huge bunches of mint--smelled really good, pastries that attracted gazillions of bees, and lots and lots of people, bikes, motorbikes all trying to fit in the same place. It was ...
... mint tea and cookies. Our host went through some hot tips/things to know, asked what we wanted to do, etc. He is going to arrange a day tour out to the Ourika Valley that will include visiting a Berber village and house, an Argan oil cooperative, carpet cooperative, camel riding, and maybe the some waterfalls.
He also took my French phone and had it unlocked so it would work here in Morocco, plus put some time on it for me. Our room was being cleaned, so ...
... spending the last hour chatting about their good and bad experiences I think all I want to do now is escape in my room, curl up in bed with a dubbed movie and try to imagine I was back in Spain. This desire may be a little difficult to obtain since ever few hours from 6 am to 9pm or so, there is a man over an echo system throughout the entire city chanting prayers.
Ok zone it out, concentrate, I think I can, I think I can, I think I ...