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Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz » Marrakech September 1st 2018

There I was, a lone woman in a sea of men, sitting in a cafe. We are all facing in the same direction, towards the street, sipping Moroccan mint tea from impossibly tiny cups, and watching the world go by. No one bothers me. No one stares at me. No one acknowledges me. It's a little weird. But I like it. Later I ask, "Where are all the women?" My newly hired fixer seemed startled by my question. "The women are at home, where they belong." He lightly scoffs. Instantaneously, I feel my feminist dander skyrocket to a Def Com 5. Before he notices, I recover with one of those Cesar Millan 'calm state' corrections. Right. I'm a worldly optimist that respects all religions, no matter how misogynistically f**ed up they may seem. I sit there ... read more
Kiki, do you love me? Are you riding?
Narrow streets of Marrakech
As Old as an Argan Tree

Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz » Marrakech April 28th 2018

Ich stand schon mal ganz frĂŒh auf, um in guter deutscher Tradition mein Handtuch auf die Liegen am Pool zu legen. đŸ€ŁđŸ€ŁđŸ˜‚đŸ˜Ž Dann nahm ich ein Taxi zu den Gerbern und begann von dort zurĂŒck zu wandern. Ich hielt einfach ein Taxi an, in dem schon jemand saß. Dadurch bekam ich einen fast einheimische Preis.... der erste Taxler wollte 200. Ich zĂ€hlte 30. (20 € - 3 €). Dann lĂ€nger Hatscher durch enge Gassen. Manchmal gelang es mir sogar, weg von der Touristenherde/Horde zu kommen und recht unverfĂ€lschtes Treiben zu sehen. Die SaadiergrĂ€ber: UrsprĂŒnglich diente das GelĂ€nde lediglich als Garten der Kasbah-Moschee, doch bereits Jahrhunderte vor der Herrschaftszeit der Saadier (1549–1664) wurden hier einige Emire und auch der Meriniden-Sultan Abu l-Hasan beigesetzt. Die heutigen Mausoleen und die umschließenden Mauern wurden im spĂ€ten 16. Jahrhundert unter Ahmad ... read more
noch liegt er außerhalb der Becken

Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz » Marrakech April 27th 2018

Von unserem Hotel in Boumain Da des ging es immer am Hang entlang nach Osten. Geschlagene 33 km reihte sich eine Siedlung an die nĂ€chste. Das Tal der Rosen -dafĂŒr waren erstaunlich wenig Rosen zu sehen, nur umgefĂŒllt Rosen entlang der Feldraine. Überall wĂŒrden Rosenprodukte angeboten - irgendwo mĂŒssen massenhaft RosenbĂŒsche sein. Auch Arganöl wird viel verkauft. Der Arganbaum kommt als Endemit im sĂŒdwestlichen Marokko und sĂŒdöstlichen Algerien vor; er kann in Höhenlagen von bis zu 1.300 Metern gedeihen. Auch wenn die ArganwĂ€lder wild und buschartig aussehen, so hat bis auf den heutigen Tag doch jeder Baum seinen EigentĂŒmer, der strikt darauf achtet, dass kein Fremder die erntereifen FrĂŒchte aufsammelt. Der Arganbaum wird auch als TertiĂ€rrelikt angesehen. Schon seit 80 Millionen Jahren soll er in Marokko wachsen; im TertiĂ€r bedeckte er wahrscheinlich große FlĂ€che... read more

Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz » Marrakech April 17th 2018

How to describe Marrakech? It has none of the hard edginess of Egypt or East Africa. That is not to say there is no buzz, there definitely is but it is more of a soft vibrancy. The medina is still a crazy place, with its narrow winding streets full of shops and stalls selling everything imaginable. The leather work and metal work is particularly good and very prevalent. Its really easy to get lost in the medina but that is all part of the fun and if you walk long enough you eventually spot some place you recognise. The main square, Jemaa al Fna, is a sleepy place during the day but it goes crazy in the evening with dozens of food stalls, african dancers and snake charmers all selling their wares or plying their trade. ... read more

Last night we had our farewell dinner and started saying our goodbyes. The group has been a good mix of kind and curious people. As I had said earlier mostly young professionals , 2 lawyers , a nurse , a mechanical engineer , an environmental technician who had taught English in China for 3 years , a restaurant manager ,a teacher , a mom and her 18 year old daughter , a recent MA grad who studied international relations and a Canadian-polish couple in their late 50,s and Brenda and I. I especially enjoyed the young Austrian couple who seemed to enjoy my company as well . They tell me I am a role model for them because I still want travel and adventure as a regular part of my life . I tried to explain ... read more

Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz » Marrakech January 5th 2018

Tagine, couscous, dates, mandarines, camels, cats, tile mosaics, cold nights, hot sun, repeat! Since I skipped traveling internationally this past summer, I splurged this winter break. For the first time in years I had two full weeks off of school so I bought my airline and found a great 15 day tour of Morocco with Intrepid and that was pretty much all the planning I had to do. All of my expectations were exceeded by a mile! The Intrepid trip, Best of Morocco, really covered a lot of ground! I'd highly recommend not just the trip but the company (I also used them when I traveled to Turkey in 2011). The only other places I'd still want to explore in Morocco are: Tangier and Chefchaouen which are both near the Mediterranean coast. Our tour began in ... read more
Palais Bahia
Berber girl in Todra Gorge

Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz » Marrakech December 20th 2017

Okay, breakfast is grand what with eggs and all, but the most impressive aspect is that they have even more variations on bread! We coffee and juice ourselves sufficiently and it’s back to Driss. This will be our last day in the SUV. We will traverse the High Atlas Mountains for most of it, stopping at a couple of touristy things along the way, if only to stretch our legs. It will be a long day. The first stop(s) will be a movie museum and the Atlas Studios tour. Because virtually all of our friends work in or around the film industry we will explain briefly; nothing to see here. They just don’t make many films here and the films they did make are old and who gives a shit. We do see a couple of ... read more
Excavation in floor of hotel
Atlas Studios
movies that filmed at Atlas Studios

Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz » Marrakech December 18th 2017

Rano sa mi teda moc vstavat nechcelo. V noci ma chytali do nohy krce, to asi uz od tej zimy, uz nech som dole v teple. Teda aspon dufam, ze tam bude teplo. Rychle ranajky, premierovo len sackovy caj, bo maha nevedela kde je normalny. Chodi sem len na vikend, bo byva v casablance kde aj pracuje. K praci jej pomohol aj minulorocny eurotrip, ked si citali jej zivotopis a zbadali to tam, hned ju zobrali. Taxi na stanicu tentokrat chytene okamzite. Listok na vlak do marakesu kupeny bezproblemov. Mahin vlak ide o 15.min skorej, tak rozlucka a cakanie na moj. Na ten prvy vlak isla kopa ludi, vsetci skoro do rabatu do prace, skoly. Moj az taky plny nebol, sadam si do kupecka. Tu uz traja ludia. Hned zaspavam, cestu neskor ani moc nesledujem, poznam ... read more

Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz » Marrakech December 17th 2017

You travel for joy but some travels can turn into misery. Marrakech was my first in Africa, a predominantly muslim country which did not match my expectations except for fresh fruits in abundance! While the predominantly Christian countries will be in festive mode with shutters down for Christmas, it will be business as usual in the muslim world. With that in mind, my friend suggested Morocco would be fine place to visit. Tickets cost a third to India and it was a 3.5 hours flight from London. Since food was particularly bland and he gave a helpful tip of carrying chillies which I did before I started off to the airport :) It was snowing in London. Anticipating train delays, I started early to the airport. With a light backpack, I was getting into the British ... read more
Hostel room
Hostel riad
view from terrace of riad

Africa » Morocco » Marrakech-Tensift-El Haouz » Marrakech September 24th 2017

Well the eleven hour shore excursion ended up thirteen hours. In fairness, Marrakech is a good three hour drive, plus toilet stop halfway in each direction. Although assembly for the excursion was at 8.45am, it was 9.30 before we were able to start the bus trip after immigration finally granted their approval for the ship to disembark. Fortunately, I got the best seat in the coach. The first one past the second door. The view is expanded due to the row of seats in front of you missing, and if you happen to travel solo, there is a good chance of having the two seats to yourself if the bus isn’t full. We made our way through Casablanca and the weather seemed pleasant, I was wearing a cardigan on the way to the bus. Morocco is ... read more

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