Funny keyboqrd in tqngiers

Trip Start May 12, 2005
Trip End May 14, 2006

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Tuesday, February 28, 2006

here we are in africa, sort of......

We decided pretty quickly that we were pleased to be back into this style of travel; it wasn't that we weren't enjoying Europe, but the cost of everything was wearing us down. There wasn't as much hassle here as we anticipated, India is much more intense, but in India you can crack it quite safely, there is a definite edge in Morocco and keeping ones' cool is paramount.

Stayed in the medina (old) area of Tangier in a crumbling old hotel. Our room was beatiful and airy (relief after our cell in seville) and had views out over the straight of gibralter.

We were blessed with a fantastic little resturant tucked right next door to our hotel serving up delectable fried sardines, soups, flat breads, beans and these really good little potato patties. Not as cheap as China our india, but we were stuffed to the brim for under 5 bucks australian.

We were a bit apprrehensive about Moroccos' famed hustlers, pickpockets and hawkers but people have been very friendly, nice and honest. Even our cab driver didn't try to rip us off (we'd found out the price for locals first).

Everybody speaks arabic and french, and lots of people are also (b) fluent (/b) in spanish, italian and english. In one transaction we can get through quite a few languages; ... "Bonjour".... "Bish Hal?" (arabic for how much).... "Dyeth?" (spanish for 10).... Okay ... Ciao....

The medina is a mesmerising maze of little streets, squares, overhanging balconies and crumbling houses. Had a good old wander though here.

Great to hook back into a rambling, seething, diverse and colourful market. During our first run through we looked at each other to say "this is what we've been missing!!". Great fresh seafood, dates, nuts, figs, olives, breads... payed a couple of visits to the market.

Will be back in Tangier as this is where we get the ferry back to to Marakesh on the night train.
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