1119 Night under the shadow of a Castle (Mor 361)

Trip Start Aug 15, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Morocco  , Souss-Massa-Drâa,
Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Day 054 : 2 hours, 4.0 kms

After Irhfi, I cross a wide dry riverbed which separates the Berber and Arab villages.  I wonder if things will feel any different on the other side.  When I sit down in they shade to strum a couple of songs, I'm joined by a couple fellows—something that hasn’t happened a whole lot during this trip.  Most of my concerts have been done in solitude.  I do notice the guys are a bit fairer skinned than upriver, although clearly darker skinned and lighter skinned folks intermarry freely all throughout this region.

On towards town, another fellow selling dates beside the road comes over for a chat.  He’s actually a university student in Agadir.  "I come during the date harvest time to help out the family" he tells me, clearly well adapted both to the modern and traditional world.

Oulad Othman itself is a bit of a tourist attraction—the first I’ve seen in a while--due to its beautiful castle.  The day is still young, but I decide to go ahead and settle down for the night here.  I don’t want a repeat of yesterday’s adventure.  I drop off my bag at a little 1 room “hotel” and then quickly head off to get a couple good shots of the castle before dusk.

It’s a beautiful shot—one my best here in the Draa Valley, with a towering multi-storey castle surrounded by an earthen village… right behind it the sea of palm trees… behind that a multi-colored plateau-mountain… A perfect capsule of the beauty of this region.

I head inside the town looking for a way into the castle itself.  A young boy follow me as I enter the darkened gate and do my best to explore it’s halls and chambers in the darkness.  The guy doesn’t ask for money—but I figure I should give him something anyways…

There’s another village just a few hundred meters away, so I figure I’ll go ahead and cram in one last town before I call it a day.
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