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Published: November 28th 2006
Me and 'puppy', our truck fly catcher!
Well it's the last day before we disappear into the deserts of Western Sahara so everyone is busy making the most of internet and showers as there won't be any for over a week now. The things you end up considering as luxuries! You should have seen our campsite the other day, 26 people's laundry strung up to dry is quite a sight. And typically we had the first rain in weeks the afternoon we hung it all out!
I've had a fantastic few days, some of the best yet. We spent three days in Marrakech, exploring the souks (markets) and eating so much food (no surprise there!). There are so many fabulous things to buy here (if only I had the money and space): gorgeous, brightly coloured, soft leather slippers; intricately inlaid wooden boxes; beautiful sunset silk bedspreads; pots in every shape, size and colour. Everywhere you walk people call out to you, demanding you come into their shop, 'where you from', 'is free to look', 'fish and chips', 'rasta man'! Then at night the main square comes alive with snake charmers and monkeys riding toy cars and drumming...and best of all, the food stalls. We tried lots of
Marrakech night market
All the delicious food to choose from
delicious soup, tagine, couscous, and my favourite, crispy fried aubergine, washed down with sweet, freshly squeezed orange juice. I did resist the snails and sheep's head though!
One of the guys on our trip came back from the market with a chameleon, so we now have a truck pet! At the moment we are training it to eat the flies as it doesn't seem to be doing it's job very well so far, hopefully he'll perk up when it gets warmer.
Yesterday we arrived in Essaouira, probably one of my favourite places so far because it is so chilled out. It has a huge beach and we spent yesterday afternoon leaping around like big kids in the massive waves, it was so much fun! This place is also famous for its fish market and for lunch we got a buffet of prawns, calamari, grilled sole and sea bream for about three pounds, it was so fresh and delicious! The African diet better kick in soon!
Anyway, I'm off to buy a sun hat in preparation for the heat of the desert. I hope everyone's ok back home. I'll be in touch in a week or so when
Freshly caught fish at the market in Essaouira
we reach the relative civilisation of a Mauritanian city. Fxx
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