Tinerhir - The Beat Of Your Drum

Trip Start Mar 03, 2005
Trip End Mar 04, 2006

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Friday, January 13, 2006

We leave Ait Ben Haddou in the late morning. The scenery here has made the area a favourite with movie producers, with large movie studios popping up in the semi desert, like Atlas Film Studios. It means the locals are doing rather well financially.

I am at the wheel today, fully insured. It is so strange just to drive a car as I have not been at the wheel for 10 months. But as for driving on the wrong side of the road, sterring on the wrong side of the car, and chqnging gears with your right hand, well it is just plain awkward. And intimidating. Not to mention nervewracking, frightening, yada yada......

We head through Ouarzazate towards Tinerhir, via the Dandes Valley and its Gorge. This is another of Dave's ideas.

The road is yet again crazy coming through the gorge. Hairpin turns and sheer drops terrify the passengers. I just have to concentrate. No snow though. The Dandes Gorge is beautiful.... Dave you've done it again. If not for his occasional belching I would think about marrying him.

Arriving into Tinerhir after dark, we take our chances at a hotel out of town. Although the rooms aren't exactly the Sheraton, they are clean. More budget than superior. More traveller than holiday. The cold is however an issue.

The food, again under our half board deal, is again top notch, and is beginning to surprise us. The hospitality in Morocco is wonderful. We discuss Egypt as Kat and Dave have just been, and agree it was horrendous apart from the Pyramids. Morocco is turning out to be the opposite.

We are treated by the staff to a display of Berber drum playing, including some assistance from ourselves. It is hard to keep up with them. I seem to lose rhythm after 20 seconds. I can't believe I just said that out loud.

In the morning we are taken on a walk through crop fields and palm trees, complete with being followed by the local village Crazy Man. I return to pick up the car and pick up the others for the quick drive to Todra Gorge. The rocks here overhang dramatically, appearing as if they will crush you and the surrounding buildings at any moment. So we sat under them and drank coffee...
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