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Published: February 1st 2020
Arrived in Essaouira mid afternoon yesterday. We were lucky enough to score an ocean view room at Riad Mimouna. The 180 degree views are spectacular from our corner room!
A wander around the medina for the rest of the afternoon found us outside a barber shop and Shane has decided to have his beard clipped. When I arrived back at the barbershop, I looked in the window and Shane is still sitting there while the barber gives him a blow dry! Yes, he has a brush in one hand and the hair dryer in the other and he's happily going about his business. I am laughing out loud in the street and Shane spots me out of the corner of his eye and begins to laugh as well. Where is the camera when I need it.
We had dinner at a nice little restaurant called Restaurant d'Orient et d'Alleurs and once the Chinese diners left, we had it all to ourselves, including the Lute player who moved his chair to play for us at our table....original Arabian songs of Love, he tells us! Let's face it, it's not romantic, it's just awkward! 😂
morning we've explored the inside of the Medina, and also walked outside and along the beautiful coastline. The weather is beautiful and it's a nice stop to recharge before heading to Marrakesh tomorrow. Shane says: T
he barber brought back visions of 1987 when I use to blowdry the mullet. Good old days are returning in Morocco. Honestly he was just blowing the fluff away. At least, I think he was.
At noon we set off to Marrakesh.
The ever helpful Hamid offers again to wheel my bag. "Sharlene, sweetie, your bag seems heavier than usual. Did you steal some stuffs from the hotel?"This kid makes me laugh every day.😀
We are staying at Riad Bahia Salam. One minute you would be forgiven for thinking you were in a relaxing beauty spa...the delicate aromas, the light, soft music. Then there are people tearing about and there is music pumping through the speakers.We are very central to most things, with the square just a short stroll around the corner. Snake charmers, musicians, food, fruit, nuts, you name it. Sadly though, there are also quite a few Syrian
refugees with their children. It's a pitiful sight and I find it difficult not to be of any use.
Well, tonight was the night Shane has been waiting for. Yes, there was a KFC around the corner, so a dirty bird dinner was the order of the day! I must say it was delicious, and I'm officially ranking it the best dirty bird we have ever had in the world! After twelve long years of arduous testing, Beijing has finally lost its title! Shane says
: Hamid is losing part of his baksheesh. I wanted a bottle of scotch today. He hasn't delivered. ( I know you're reading this Hamid) 😂😂😂😂 Sharls says:
I am going to give Hamid a big tip for staying away from the supermarket! Mustafa whiskey, Mustafa Taco, Mustafa dirty bird..... hellooooo Mustafa Golding!
I am also a bit worried today about going to Istanbul in a few days because of the recent earthquake in Turkey. Even scientist are worried that there may be one in the Istanbul area of around 7.5 magnitude!I'm really not sure that we should go. Shane is just laughing at me and saying when your number is up,
Once a door to the city....right below our hotel room.
its up. Thats ok if you didnt know there was a potential tragedy about to happen, but forewarned is forearmed. You dont purposely put yourself in dangerous situations if you can help it, or at least I don't. So I would appreciate any news from my friends at home or abroad in that regard, because I really didnt know anything about it until my Mum told be about it this morning. Shane says
: Good one Glad!! Ignorance is bliss. She's already paid for the flight and accommodation. Napolean Bonaparte's famous quote "No man shall live an hour longer than fate has predestined". Its a quote I live by. I'm game. Let's do this.I'm too tight to turn back now. This wagon is hitched and heading in the direction of Istanbul.
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