Abandoned ferry and more street selling

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

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Friday, October 1, 2010

Next day we hit with some more street selling. First we have a good moroccan breakfast with some eggs and tomato all fresh and delicious. We go round the corner to simo's place who has a small yamaha outdoor motor repair shop. Its friday which means its mosque day. Prayers have just finished and people are all over the streets. We proper empty my truck and lien up all the stuff like a stall at a flea market. To our surprise the reaction isnt the same as in Tan-Tan plage.. movement is slow and cumbersome. Potential clients stare at the goods most of the
time. I help out as usual and make myself useful snipping off all the UK plugs on all the electrical goods with my leatherman. The whole crowd watches in awe how this amazing tool works its way through the cables. I crack a few jokes which can be a bit dangerous as the simple-minded  majority can take some things offensive. People call Jay "James" instead
so i shout out "James Bond!" luckily this goes down well and cheers some people up. Mind you, all their teeth come to show and i can say even the worst tramps in Europe have way better teeth by far..

Things slow down a bit so i grab the car and decide to refuel just down the road. I ask for 300Dh (26.75euro / 23.30quid) diesel and to my surprise the tank is full to the brim almost! I didn't realise fuel is way cheaper here.

Some 5 mins down the road is the famous "Assalam" ferry that ran aground on its way to the canary islands and was abandoned in Tarfaya in april 2008. It belongs to the famous Spanish shipping company, Naviera Armas that many people know of. The ship is still there rusting away with all the many cars and belongings inside. I cant miss the chance and head over to take some snaps. Its a great sight and shameful at the same time since many people lost everything they had on that ship. Some time after a tug boat was sent over to tug the ship out but it hit the same place as the assalam and sank!

Back to town there still is plenty of slow selling done and simo helps us all the way. We have
to do the same thing to shake of many pesky time-wasters. We do get some fried-fish first and sit down with simo. Afterwards its a quick trip to the ship again at sundown and a short drive to Laayoune..
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NeilT on

Hi, found your blog really interesting. Me and a mate, plus our girl friends are planning another trip to Morocco in June, and want to further south this time (to Laayoune), I found your blog while seaching for info & photos on Tarfaya.
We are driving down in an old Mercedes E-Class. Cheers Neil

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