Soaking up sights and sounds

Trip Start Sep 03, 2010
Trip End Oct 27, 2010

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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

woke up in Tangier and made our way to the cars parked some distance away. We drove up through winding mazes and finally loaded up the vehicles. It was chaos trying to get out of the city, moreso for myself trying hard to concentrate. Jay scraped the side of a car but nothing happened at all and the locals made a bit of a fuss but it wasn't important. At a traffic light 3 local kids jumped onto the back of the van for a bit of fun. They sneakily looked over the top of the car thinking i hadn't seen them. I let them have a bit of fun then stopped on a side and they ran for their lives.. i wanted to take a picture but in the middle of town but this was pretty much impossible. We got out of town and stopped for some delicious mint tea and to get some money changed. We headed off and i noticed the amount of policemen on the roads metering peoples speeds. Morocco is famous for speeding fines! The motorway was pretty empty and the scenery was the same as northern Spain. I noticed many buses had the side doors open at all times as a cheap way for air conditioning. People would cross the motorways randomly and quite often.
Not far after we stopped at Larache for something to eat. As usual traffic was chaotic and finally found somewhere to park. It was about 3pm and searched frantically for a place to eat some tajine, a local dish and very tasty. Unfortunately we had come to late and had some 1/4 chicken in olive sauce which was totally delicious! There was no water to wash our hands and the guy at the bar took a bottle of water outside to do the job. I love the freedom in these countries..
We left and headed back to the cars but kinda got lost through town. It was littered with ancient colonial buildings and we stumbled into a market that was just closing. The sights and sounds where overwhelming!
We took off for a long drive down and after some looong motorway driving arrived at Rabat in the dark. There we stopped at one of many motorway tolls and waiting at the queue i got hit in the back by some Moroccan with his his family in a peugeot 106. We got out annoyed and inspected the damage. The peugeot was pretty damaged and its radiator was leaking compared to our Jeep whose bumper was only slightly bent. Amidst the chaos i forget the most important thing, take a photo! We stopped off at a modern petrol station with wifi to fix a loose tail light with some tie wraps. The peugeot has been left behind, no paperwork done
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