Happy cakes makes funny face... Inshallah

Trip Start Dec 28, 2009
Trip End Jan 19, 2010

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Sunday, January 17, 2010

Blue fishing boats as far as the eye can see, fishermen showing off their catch of the day while hungry cats and curious seagulls are circling the harbor. Laid back Essaouira located on the Moroccan coast is our new favorite town so far. Here the salty air makes my hair curl up from the moist air as we slowly stroll around the windy streets up along the cities massive 250 year old wall, leading to a great viewing point of the city perfect for sunset.

It is said that musicians like Jimi Hendrix and Cat Stevens came here for inspiration in the late sixties. True or not, this place truly is a tranquil and inspirational little town with a fun artistic flair. The warm breeze is quite calm this evening as this normally is famous for its strong winds making Essaouira one of the worlds best wind and kite surfing destinations. As the sun sets the little wood shops starts to glow in the dark alleys and the air fills of the sweet smell of the Thuya wood. Their craftsmanship is stunning and we ohhh and ahhh as we visit one shop after another, giving in to some of the nice shop owners selling "spiel", we buy a couple of little gifts for a bargain price.

The fresh fish we earlier saw in the fishermen net later ends up on our plates at one of the little stalls along the harbor. Here one can pick out anything from lobster and shrimp to snapper and cod. The fish is simply put on the grill and seasoned with some yummy Moroccan spices and served with a fresh salad and bread. A dinner not to miss in this fishing town!

The following morning we wake up to the 5 am prayer call and we realize that our hostal is located next door to a Mosque. Trying to get some more sleep, but the lovely tree in the courtyard of the hostal is apparently hosting a meeting for all the local birds in the area and yet another early rise is inevidable. This is cured with a few cafe au lait, croissants and crepes filled with Nutella (gotta love the French kitchen!). Could there be a better start of the day?

By now we have gotten more accustomed on how to approach this rather different culture. A few simple phrases in arabic can make any Moroccan smile, touching your heart while saying it will enforce what you say in a positive way and last but not least; the magical words "Inshallah", meaning more or less "if it is Gods will". This little phrase can be added to pretty much any conversation or anything one would like to get out of any uncomfortable conversation or situation. For example when a shop owner wants you to come in and look in his shop you can just simply say; yes, IŽll be back Inshallah! And so you will (if it is Gods will).This makes strolling the streets so much easier and much more relaxed.

We meet Oliver, a 27 year old Belgium architect at the local internet cafe. He has been on the road for a few months and looks the part; Skinny, shaggy hair and with a beard. We all hang out for the day walking the board walk along the beach watching some surfers catch a few waves, young Moroccans playing basketball and camels carrying tourists over the dunes. Conversations about culture shocks, world politics and a green solution for the future over some mint tea, getting sausages directly from the butcher at the Medina that we take over to a lovely woman that prepares a meal for us for 10 dirham, a dollar fifty. Yeah, this is the life on the road!!!
We end the day by watching the sun set over the Atlantic and as the cake sellers keeps asking us if we want to buy some space cookies, we simply reply that we will tomorrow, Inshallah...
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Du är otrolig, bättre reseskildringar går ju inte att läsa. och vilka fina fotografier, kände särskilt igen 2de blåa båtarna" som jag ju har en sån fin bild av tagen av dig i mars 2003. Lycka till med hemresan och hälsa Josh!
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