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After three days in hot Marrakech we got the bus to the seaside. Unlike Marrakech there is a constant strong wind in essaouira which makes it a haven for windsurfers and kiteboarders. Its a very relaxed seaside resort where all the houses have whitewashed walls and blues shutters.
The beach is a hive of activity and every morning we walked from the gates of the Medina to Diabat. Camels and horses were once essential for Moroccan agriculture but ...
... The next bus at 2:30 was sold-out so we got tickets for the 5 pm bus to Essaouira. We checked our luggage and walked over to the McDonald's in the train station where we waited the 3 hours. We used the free wifi to book a room in Essaouira.
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We emailed the Riad Thais for directions and owners offered to meet us at the bus.
... in the 'prickly bush' camp. I proceeded to drink a fair bit of red wine and get the giggles. At our tent we found that we'd left it open and remembering the previous scorpion escapade I made Becci go through my sleeping bag, sleeping bag liner, pillow etc... to make sure there was no scorpion. Once she'd done mine I told her I thought the tent was ok and she didn't have to worry with her own stuff!! I'm such a great tent buddy!! ...
... with hot and cold water, and disrobed bare breasted local women in the steamy air, who whed themselves and shaved off bits of body hair, a couple of the women being scrubbed and massaged by others.
An hour or so later we were all dining together at the Mogador Quatre Saisons, celebrating Georgies birthday, singing Happy Birthday to him. The manager of the restaurant went over the road to bring chocolate for a birthday present.
I braved the flu germs ...
... good shower were priority. I also got my things ready in the tent in case of a swift departure.
Tonight's sun set was into the clouds but spectacular nevertheless! We have had some brilliant sunsets here in Morocco!
Nico knocked on the tent to tell me about Racheed and the film which we could see filmed in Essaouira. So it ended up an early night.