Surviving in Marrakesh, just

Trip Start Mar 14, 2009
Trip End Ongoing

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Since arriving in Marrakesh we get the distinct felling we left something behind - a bag or a sock maybe? But no, what we are missing is a predictability and all sense of direction. Never mind that you don't need it here.

We don't believe that the main Medina in Marrakesh lives up to its reputation of mind boggling streets full of authentic culture, at one part in its history it may have but with its influx of tourist it just seems a bit tainted now. However it still has its charms. Packed with distractions for all the senses. 

Even in the smallest of alleys you have to be aware that at anytime you may need to get out of the way and out of the way in a hurry as motor bikes hurtle down the streets out of control, not to mention the donkey carts even with their slower pace.

The main square, Djemaa el-fna, is a spectacle in its own right even if it is now just purely commercial ( I may be feeling a bit cynical today). It is an amazing display of organized chaos. Snake charmers, monkeys although we are not really sure what they do I think just for photo ops, entertainers who want money for spinning their hats in your general direction. However there are also authentic story tellers from the mountains and musicians playing an assortment of music. The nightly food market always proves pure entertainment even if we are not brave enough to try the snail soup or the sheep's head, which we have heard is quiet delicious. At night the whole square fills up with mouth watering aromas as long as you are not down wind of the boiling snails. We have had some amazing food here even if you have to search for it.

Even with all our cynicism we can not help finding Moroccans charming. They love to chat even if they are trying to con you its hard to resist their charms.

Once again lost in the Medina, this time it was late at night down abandoned shop fronts with inadequate lighting. It would not have been so bad if it was not for a strange "security guard" that would not leave us alone no matter how much we asked. Dino has a habit of walking even faster then Shona if there is someone trying to harass him, this is his ploy at getting rid of them, naturally it doesn't work just gets us further lost as the harasser can always keep up.

So far Morocco is really living up to its reputation for testing peoples limits.
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