Feb 11, 2006
Feb 20, 2006
Our first few days here have been beyond relaxing. We haven't made it to breakfast once, sleeping soundly until about 10:30 each morning. Our afternoons have been spent lounging poolside, playing cards, and drinking sweetened mint tea in the upstairs Moroccan-style hookah café (breathtaking few of the sea.) After late afternoon swims, we've treated ourselves to long, hot showers (something we rarely, if ever, get to have at the high school dorm we live in.) Not pressed for time by any stretch of the imagination, we've indulged ourselves by lazily resting about in our towels, taking our sweet time getting dressed and ready for the evening's events. We've found that though dinner is served at seven, most of the guests arrive fashionably late at around eight; of course Mary and I have taken to doing the same. Dinner includes a lengthy spread of varied breads, soups, meats, couscous, and vegetables. Often we will sit "a table" (at the table) for close to two-hours, gladly chatting away with the handsome young men who have become enamored with us since our arrival. Neither Mary nor I can say that we haven't been at least a little bit flattered with the constant compliments and declarations of love being offered to us on a regular basis...especially today, it being Valentine's Day and all. After dinner there are little skits put on by the hotel staff followed by music and dancing at the in-hotel disco. Though we have every intention of dancing into the wee hours of the morning tonight, we'll still be getting up earlier tomorrow than we have so far this week (7:00 a.m.) to head off on our two-day excursion to the Sahara...quelles vacances! "What a vacation!"