Trip Start Sep 14, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Mauritania  , Dakhlet Nouadhibou,
Monday, October 5, 2009

With a wealth of weird and wonderful thoughts about religion to discuss during the short train trip back to base in Rabat, Stu and i set off in search of our visas for crossing the Morrocan/Mauritanian border. Being back between the tasty bakery and authentic pizza place put us in food heaven and we had a few unexpected hours to explore the city so not all bad but we wanted to border hop...

Having to go through the rigmarole of returning to  Rabat and all made me think of the meaning of borders and the boundaries imposed upon us at all levels of life. Like some areas of religion in my opinion, these are unfair and frustrating. The frustrating fun and games got even more exciting when the friendly fellow at the Mauritanian Embassy(unlike the Rough Guide)informed us that the visas that we had another weekend to wait for our visas...hmmmm...what to do?!

RELOCATE TO THE RIF MOUNTAINS!!! Although i had no clue what Chefchoaun which is a hilltop town that lies in Morrocos mountains in the north was like, now was my chance to find out. Off we went on the first bus out of Rabat and after a stifling slog up, over and around the many mountains, made it to the beautiful town for our impromptu weekend away. What we found there was fabulous and confirmed my fervent belief in everything happening for a reason and working out in the end.

Once we had settled into our slighty smelly but sweet accommodation we wandered around the blue and beautiful medina(walled city, a MUST for many of the towns here) and had the most magnificent, quirky culinary experience at a restaurant/gallery/museum/haunted house!? Three or four floors of amazing murals and menus made up of Morrocan morsels including goats cheese salad, sweet and sour chicken pastry parcel and lovely lemon tart make my mouth and eyes water with even the thought.

Our detour did indeed pay off and after an awesome excursion our visas were awaiting our return to Rabat...

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