Our last day of pain in Marrakesh
Trip Start Mar 14, 2009
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We have spent our last morning trying to figure out how the local bus system works, but as there are no signs on anything and we are afraid if we ask the locals that they will make us pay them for their information, we figure that we will just walk the hour to the train station and hope it just doesn't rain like it did yesterday.
We have been trying to see the real Morocco by getting out of the city. We hired a guide who took us for a day trip to the valleys around the Atlas mountains (900DH)
Our first stop was a small Berber village of Imlil, 1740m above see level. It is a small village wedged into a crevice which shuts during the harsh winters. Imlil is the last stop on the road before hitting the high Atlas. Taking in the view we relaxed and sipped on our mint tea.
Before we hit our next town we drove through the Ourika valley where our driver took us to a couple of shops, which generally started to annoy Shona as she really just wanted to take in the view and get away from the whole commercial scene. The only really good thing about stopping was that at one of the shops our driver managed to drop the walking stick of a one legged driver down a well and spent the next 20 minutes fishing it out. He got tipped highly for his entertainment. The Ourika valley is a beautiful place full of red clay and cherry blossoms.
At our final stop of Setti Fatma we hiked through the lower valleys to the first of the seven waterfalls in the area. I would like to say what an amazing sight but with the graffiti and plastic bags draped in all the trees, it felt more of a shame then anything else
We had arranged dinner for ourselves at the Riad as we thought we would be very hungry after such a long day, however this proved a mistake. We had a three coarse meal at Setti Fatma and then a four coarse meal at our Riad. We where in quiet a bit of pain and chose not to go out that night.
To top our pain level up a bit more, we decided to take a 3 hour camel ride in the country side surrounding Marrakesh. It was a great idea. We had a snack of Beghrir (fried pancakey sort of things which you eat with honey and are fabulous) and mint tea. After waking up rather stiff this morning it should be a fun hour walk to the train station.
We will let you know if we pay the extra cash and just catch a taxi.