Long and winding road to Agadir

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

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Friday, September 24, 2010

Set off midday from Essaouira towards the winding road to Agadir. From the fresh breeze of the coastline at Essaouira to only 10mins inland there was a whopping temperature difference. At Essaouira it was a pleasant 24c but inland it was hitting +40c. It really felt like a calima in the canary islands (when hot desert air blows across).

We stopped off in a small town to refuel and all the locals were staring at us. A bunch of schoolkids came up to us shouting "stylo stylo!" which means pen in french. In these countries these sort of items are expensive and luckily i had brought a whole bunch of pens and dished some out. They where all smiles! We had some goat tajine and set off.

The countryside along the way was dry, rugged and arid - yet beautiful. Everywhere there where tough olive trees out of which the famous Argan olive oil is produced. At some places people sat beside the street trying to sell bottles of this delicious, golden oil. Its common practice that people sell stuff on the side of roads and even motorways. They just sit there all day with a bag of whatever they sell and when you drive past they wave it at you. We passed hills, valleys and finally the coast. The temperature plummeted to a pleasant 20 odd degrees again and passed many small towns/villages with some great looking beaches.

Finally made it to Agadir in the afternoon. Its very different to many Moroccan towns as everything was destroyed in the 1960s by a devastating earthquake followed by a tidal wave. The architecture of this town therefore dates from this era.

We booked into a small hotel that Jay always stayed in. we got the top floor and it was really hot. My bed was tiny and way soft as the mattress springs were broken so we undid the cupboard doors and placed them under the mattress.

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