The green hills of Africa (and the dirt of Tanger)
Trip Start Jan 19, 2007
91Trip End Jul 03, 2007
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(C) This story has to be told, though. We landed at port and weaved our way through the guides (who officially don't exist anymore) to a taxicab who for 5 Euros offered to take us anywhere in town. What a DEAL! We asked to go to the Tourist Bureau because we thought it would be a good place to find a rental car - or a train ticket. Of course we didn't have a guidebook, a map, OR a clue that today was Sunday. Tourist Bureau was closed, and the cab was gone, but a helpful guide offered to show us the sights. I sighted a Budget rental car sign and we ran to it. It was closed. But the one next door was open! What luck! Happy Habibi's Road Racers for Tourists, and other tricks we play on you. There was a "guard" sitting in the front office - not a word of English, French or Italian. He called his boss. After about 30 minutes Mama Habibi showed up and gave us the keys to her car for two days. We paid cash. We signed something in Arabic and drove off - removing the Moroccan version of the scented pine tree from the rearview mirror.
Map? We don' need no stinkin' map. How big can Tanger be? For the record, this was my second trip through Tanger in a rented car and apparently I didn't learn a dang thing the first time. After a long while and a new tank of gas, we were on the road south along the coast.