How to party like a Moroccan
Trip Start Jan 14, 2009
57Trip End May 2010
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Step 1: Take your guests out to dinner in Palmero for a "simple dinner", which is a guise for a very nice dinner at reasonable prices. Arrive at standard Argentine time (about 10:30pm) for dinner and close the place down buying every course you can.
(El Medhi and us from the restaurant)
Step 2: Go to a bar from 1am to 2am. Order a drink with Fernet. If you havenīt tried Fernet, itīs an aquired taste, like a combination between Jaegermister and tart bark. Nummy!
(Lindsey stealing El Mehdi's Fernet drink. So strange...but...can't stop drinking it!)
Step 3: Take your guests to a club for the real action. Whether thereīs a line at the door or not, barter with the owners for 10 minutes, make sure you, and the owner are doing a lot of pointing at the guests mixed with excited chatter in Spanish, and then buy a full bottle of vodka so you can get a bracelet strapped to your rist, offering restricted access to a private dance club room. If you want to dance with the "commoners," you're going to have to leave the privilaged area.
(Where the "commoners" dance. No photo of the bartering for fear the bar owner would pommel us "touristas.")
Step 4: Unbutton your shirt and smoke a cigarette in the club. Common', everyone's doing it!
(El Mehdi living it up in the private club room with all his vices close by!)
(An Argentine also with his shirt unbuttoned. Surprisingly, Ben didn't take advantage of showing off his chest hair. Maybe he was intimidated by the thickness of the local carpet?)
Step 5: Dance until the sun comes up, leave the rest of your bottle of vodka with the people that run the bar, and flag a taxi home.
(Sharing the last remains of El Mehdi's vodka with the club folks)
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