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... class? Well this is what we had arranged the day we leave at the Amal Cooking School. This not-for-profit organisation takes women off the street and gives them valuable life and career skills. We learn to whip up a Tagine and are given the recipes. During our week in Morocco we had grown quite obsessed over Moroccan mayonnaise and are delighted to obtain a recipe for this too.
And this concludes my first visit to the African ...
After two nights in Zagora, we started our way back northwest and ended up again in the seeming middle of nowhere. Our accomodations, the Kasbah Air Ben Damietta, was a wonderful place, run by a French woman; so the cuisine de haute was French - steak!
We also stopped at the Atlas Movie Studio outside of, here comes that name again, Ouarzazate. Lawrence of Arabia, Cleopatra, and Patton, among other, were filmed, at least in part, here.
... dinner was just about ready! Never one to turn down food (and a beer), I managed to catch my second or third or fifth wind and join my fellow travelers for the first of many fine feasts on this journey to Mystical Morocco.
Saturday, April 11
A full day of touring in and around the heart of Marrakech, the medina, ending up at the chaos called the night market!
... pictures of people that didn't want their picture taken and all in all we were becoming annoying tourists.
The Sahara trek went ok except for the Palestinians wanting to get a hash fueled racing going in the tent after dinner complete with more techno dance music blaring from one of their phones. Even started dancing, with their hands above their heads. Everyone knows that guys do not dance with the hand rising above shoulder height. It just doesn't look ...
... do one without the other. After a few hours of walking aimlessly, happy that if you had to get lost anywhere, the streets of Marrakech were by far the most entertaining. Of course we had found retreat at one point for an off the beaten track lunch (Tajine with figs and a yoghurt desert that put every other yoghurt in the world to shame) we did finally reach the square. The walk from there was easy.
It was back to the rooftop terrace for some ...