Trip Start Mar 02, 2013
Trip End Apr 06, 2013

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Flag of Morocco  , Tangier-Tetouan,
Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Well, let me tell you about a place that is totally different than what I thought it would be! In my mind I had this vision of sand coloured buildings, open spaces, palm trees, people dressed in light coloured fabrics and sun reflecting off of sand. Instead we found building after building in every shape form and colour, the architecture in new buildings rather boring in structure, no open spaces, many people were in traditional dress but many Americanized. Most trees were eucalyptus and the sun did shine, it was beautiful but there were places you never saw it!

We took a ferry from Tarifa to Tangier, (the Spanish spell it Tanger) only 35 minutes and after arriving around 11:45 we took a bus tour with a guide around the modern town, the Souk, the Kasbah and had lunch in a typical Moroccan restaurant, and of course shopping in Marrakech Market . One highlight was watching Katie ride a camel, and seeing a baby camel, not even a month old, there were two, born in March! Our guide was great, and we meandered in and out of the Kasbah, through dark, dingy streets, (buildings so close no daylight) too close for comfort for me, you at times could brush your shoulders between two walls (Chris), it was very dirty. Anyone living inside these gates does not have running water, they go to the local fountain with their pails, they do not have ovens, they go to a central baker with their raw bread dough and it is baked for them, communal living. There is a communal bath, the women bathe during the day and the men at night. There are many cats, I like cats, but there are many and raw chicken is found here and there in scraps for them to eat....

Lunch was interesting: first course soup, not sure of ingredients but I could detect cinnamon, a thin broth, couscous and a yogurt like substance, I tasted, ate half and gave the rest to Tony! Second course was shish kabob of ground beef, tasted good, chargrilled! Tasted like a hamburger. Our third course was couscous with a chicken and cabbage stew on top.
Not very good, and a lot of people left it behind. We expected some spice. This was followed by hot green mint tea with honey and a honey dipped cookie. Tony and Chris liked the cookie! We were entertained by music and it was an experience.

Off to the Market, I was ready as we had a little taste of the vendors before entering the restaurant. I am a little claustrophobic as some of you may know, but honestly here I was not surrounded by big tall people. I felt okay and held my own, our guide took us to the proper places and when we hit the streets, I managed very well. The vendors will circle us but if there is no obvious interest with your eyes, they will leave you alone. Honestly swarming us, and I managed just fine! I was very happy though to purchase a carpet which I had thought about at home, as the family room is getting a redo! I was very excited and felt like I got the best deal! I can hardly wait till it arrives, (please let it arrive)!

I did not take my iPad as it was recommended you do not travel with any valuables, hence my photos will come later as I took them with my Canon. I also will tell you I was not scared and I was disappointed I did not take my iPad for photos. We were in good hands and I felt very safe. I know I would not want to be there at night, and I know I would not want to be there alone, glad I went.

We are fortunate; I am glad I have running water in my home, not as our guide said "walking water" as they do there, I know how fortunate I am to live where we do! Photos later,

Take care,

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Carrie on

Sounds like a fantastic day! Looking forward to adding patina to the carpet.
Love you...
The Family Klutz

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