Trip Start Jun 07, 2008
191Trip End Jun 28, 2009
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We also met some girls from the town - they started talking to us. Khalid talked to them in Arabic and found out there names, and then he asked me to show them my DS. They were very interested and one of them wanted to play it, so I showed her how to do it. Then we interviewed them, but only as a group because there were so many of them and they kept laughing.
Here is the interview:
INTERVIEW WITH NOUHALIA, JALILA, WAFA, ROUAYA, AND ONE MORE GIRL WHO DID NOT TELL ME HER NAME
Ait Benhaddou, Morocco
Where do you live?
Ait Benhaddou, just south of the High Atlas Mountains
Do you go to school?
What do you do for fun?
Go to the Cyber Cafe to play video games (it costs 2 dirham for one hour or about 30 US cents) and play with our friends
What are you afraid of?
Some said the dark, others said scary movies, some said nightmares
What would you tell other children in the world?
Be good to your parents and study well
We said goodbye to the girls, then drove over the High Atlas mountains - they were so high and the road was very narrow and steep. Luckily, Khalid was a good driver. We saw one accident where an army truck hit a car, but they were okay. Lots of the villages looked like they were built right into the mountains
We we got to Marrakech, we said goodbye to Khalid and Khalid, and went to Riad Anyela, where we are staying. It is a small house and has a pool in the middle and only 5 rooms. The owners are staying here with two of their friends - they are very nice. We had dinner on the roof in the Magic Carpet room, which is actually a big terrace surrounded by curtains and covered in carpets. The moon is now a waxing gibbis and we could hear the call to prayer - it was a cool dinner. Sandra, who helps at the riad, came up and read us the story of Yela, who used to live in this house. They have a page of her diary downstairs. She met her husband on the roof at night when her parents were asleep.
Today, we went in to the main square in Marrakech. I saw snake charmers and got to hold a mamba, watch two cobras fight, hold a chameleon and a strange orange lizard, and a turtle. We rode a horse and buggy back to our riad after lunch, and it was nice to get off the streets away from all the mopeds - everyone rides them everywhere! It is a crazy city.