The End.... For Now!

Trip Start Jun 08, 2005
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Lisboa... (or Lisbon to we who are too ignorant to speak a second language) found me totally unenthusiastic about going home to Marlow. With very little time there following a long overnight bus from Seville I slept most of the morning under the trees in a suburb park by the ocean. Energy was on a real low for me, so I settled for a rather relaxing couple of days largely drinking coffee in cafes and riding the trams. The trams are just great in Lisbon as they seem to take you up all sorts of steep gradients, only a whisker from shop walls etc. For the lazy tired traveller they were welcomed.

Anyway, that is yet another short break over with for me, I breathed a regretful sigh landing at Luton to a lovely grey sky, delayed trains and a baggage conveyor that would move for 30cm and then stop for 15 seconds.... welcome to England!

Before I forget, just a few lasting words to summarise my time in Morocco - wild flowers, oranges, strawberries, tangine, souqs, sand dunes, men in cafes, women in head dress, morning chants from the mosques.... and the common chant from sales people "madam, madam"....

Never again will I be so ambitious when it comes to travel distances over a short period of time. I felt like a Japanese tourist on a really tight time schedule, only really able to get a very brief taste of a few touristy area's. It was not unlike the mission that I made from the Baltic States last year to get through to Croatia and I didn't much enjoy that too much either. I enjoy slow and peaceful travel the most and this trip has simply proven that point yet again.

Finally, I have returned absolutely full of travel inspiration and I will see a lot more of North Africa. Yes, I realise that Morocco is not representative of North Africa but it is an untouched continent for myself, one of which I plan to explore every corner of.
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