An amazing birthday
Trip Start Feb 17, 2010
17Trip End Mar 07, 2010
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As we left, Hamid asked if we wanted to see the Moroccan discotheque. Well of course we did! He took us to a small area of the village and we entered a room with benches all around and some men in white robes brought in some instruments. They performed Gnaoua music - which is apparently traditional in Mali, where this "tribe" originated from. Seriously amazing. I can't even believe that we got to see this. At one point, they invited us up to dance. Well heck - it's my birthday, of course I'm going to dance!!
We left there and went back to Maison Tifilalet in Risani (where we had eaten lunch yesterday) and had the rug show. Yes, they wanted to sell a rug, but meanwhile we had some great conversation. We liked one of the rugs but the price that we were quoted was WAAAAY out of our budget so we were all set to call it quits. It doesn't work that way in Morocco...the seller just keeps after you until you give him a price you're willing to spend. We gave him a price (about 20% of what we were originally quoted) and he wanted to keep negotiating. After a long time and many attempts to just walk away, he agreed to a price that was ridiculously less than his original quote (about 25% of it). So... we have a rug!!! They rolled it up like a sleeping bag and now we have to figure out how to get it home.
From there we went to a fossil factory - near Erfoud, an area was discovered that's full of trylobite (sp?) and other fossils so they now mine these huge chunks of rock and turn them into gorgeous tables, fountains, etc. Roger bought a rock with a fossil inside and while I was waiting, Hamid bought me a beautiful bowl and gave it to me for my birthday!
We left there and met up with Tata again, this time at his home
After that unbelievable lunch, we headed off to Errachidia and the hotel there. The hotel was very nice, and Roger tried to go for a swim in the pool but it was too cold even for him. Roger had a lamb tagine for dinner (and I tried not to look at the little rib bones sticking up). My dinner had no bones and was good except they put ketchup on a pile of rice. Maybe it was meant for the french fries, but in any case since I'm not Dawson and I don't eat ketchup on rice... I didn't eat that.