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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Our Moroccan tour is made up of 43 people, the majority from Argentina. We also have some spaniards, Mexicans and Germans. We are the only strictly English speaking people on the tour. There is a slightly weird lady from San Francisco who speaks English and Spanish but that's as close to conversation as we get. The ages range from early 20's to 60's with a median age of about 45. The group is about 80% female.

Our guide is a Berber called Suzi and he wears a turban and traditional chalapi. He swings back and forth between Spanish, English and German but struggles with some of the complicated language structures.

The Argentinians are slightly crazy. By Marrakech they were wearing the traditional Berber outfits and had extensive henna patterns on their hands and feet.

All the Spanish speakers talk A LOT. There is constant chatter and it seems to take an amazing amount of discussion to reach any decision. But the bus seems to get on pretty well. No one shows up late and even though they seem to have bought their entire wardrobe they can manage their luggage themselves.

There are of course the oddballs. There is a woman (60) from San Francisco who is traveling alone. Every morning she pockets food from the breakfast to use for lunch. Like she fills up her plastic container with yoghurt. She has booked into only the 3star hotels but goes over to he 4 star hotels for a swim. She says she has been for an international holiday each year but had never been for a horse and carriage ride which was a big highlight for her. She went on the your of the mosque but asked the official if she could still wear her shoes as she had a sore toe.

There is the chain smoker. If we stop to pick the next group she charges off to have a quick smoke in the 4 min it takes us to load up.

There are the six older woman traveling together and the only ones to stay at the 5 star hotels. They seem to buy all the jewelry in morocco. One even wanted to buy a donkey.

There are the three Germans (couple and son) who look disgustedly at ALL of morocco and are constantly in search of a cafe where they spent inordinate amounts of time drinking coffee and cola cola. They did almost no shopping until Casablanca where they spent about 15min buying two suits and having them altered in time for the tour to leave (about 1hr later). Definitely the most efficient shoppers.

All in all we get on pretty well, considering.
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Michelle on

wonder what they say about you two! :)

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