Berber land

Trip Start May 14, 2007
Trip End May 30, 2007

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Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Our last day in Morocco and we are spending it in the Atlas Mountains to see the Berber villages.  It is about an hour and a half drive way up into the mountains.  There is snow at the very top but we are not going that far up.  We stop in a small community of restaurants and stores and start our hike up the mountain.  An eleven year old boy named Said (pronounced Sigh eed) approaches our guide and for three dirhams will be our guide to the waterfall.  Abdul negotiates and they settle on one dirham.  (We're not cheap - this is what you do in Morocco.)  By the end of the hike I was calling Said my little mountain goat.  He was extremely sure footed and had to haul me up a couple of rocks but the little guy knew just the right amount of pull to get me up and over to the next one.  He does not go to school as it is too far away but he hopes to learn enough English or French to become a guide when he grows up.  He would be an excellent one.  I didn't make it to the top but Randy, Said and Abdul did.  Even so, the part of the river and falls I saw was enough to appreciate the true beauty of the area.

There are several places to dine along the river and that's exactly what we did.  Tajine chicken and lamb under a tree next to a waterfall.  Can it get any better?

We bought a few souvenirs in the shops here and intended to ship them home via DHL.  HA HA HA - more of that shipping fiasco later.  We picked out what we wanted and let Abdul do his negotiating.  Side note - we kept having to go to the ATM in Morocco because up here and in the medinas no one takes credit cards.  Ok, we're broke now but happy.  We gave Said an extra twenty dirhams and gave him a ride back to his house. 

On the way back to our hotel we stop at DHL and Fed Ex to have our items shipped home.  Stupid us - we need to pack it for them first and we have no packing materials.  Ok, we're screwed - we bought 3 pieces of breakable pottery.  What do we do now?  We assured Abdul that we can get it into our carry on.

We got back to our hotel and told Abdul that we would not need him for the rest of the night.  We were going to try to negogiate the streets of the medina by ourselves to get dinner.  We have an early flight out tomorrow morning and want to eat, pack and get to bed early. 

We set out for Djemaa el-Fna.  We had seen a restaurant there we wanted to try.  We made it there and back!!!!  We didn't get lost in the medina!  We're old pros now.  We met a nice couple from Australia at dinner.  They had to rub it in that they get  four to six weeks vacation like the Europeans.  Need to talk to you about that, Jan.  LOL

Going to be early as Abdul will be picking us up at 6:30 tomorrow morning.
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