Nov 27, 2006

Messalama Maroc... Hola Espagna!

This will be my last blog post from the wondrous country of Morocco - at least for this trip. I tell you now I will return one day to this land.... but next time I'll come equipped with two empty suitcases and whopping great wadges of cash.

That's right people, Morocco is a shopping Mecca - as opposed to Mecca, which is a Muslim Mecca (forgive the bad Islamic puns). I have been remarkably restrained if I do say so myself. Mind you, not having space in the pack or money to spare helped! My important purchases include:

--My Chefchaouen throw - still my best buy I think. Gorgeous for 230 dirhams.
--A sweet silver and mother-of-pearl-ish ring from Essaouira. Bargain buying for 60 dirhams and my biro (seriously).
--A shitload of Argan Oil, which I WILL use, no matter what Greg tells you. 90dh total.
--Perfume blocks, scented rose, jasmine and sandalwood. Mmm, I smell so good for 30dh per block.
--A camel-skin wall lampshade from Marrakech. My last big spend - 130dh. It will look super on the new balcony.

Anyways. Our end-of-tour bash in Marrakech went off. I met some wonderful people on the trip - and I hope to stay in touch. I should also give a shout out to our guide Craig, who admirably put up with my constant whinging about hiking, trekking, walking (basically any physical activity that didn't involve a camel). Sure, Greg had to put up with that too, but that's his full-time job. ;)

We left Marrakech yesterday, taking the overnight sleeper train to Tangiers. We returned to the hotel we'd stayed here a week previous, and have had a nice relaxing day. I haven't even bought anything - can you believe it?

I want to write more about the sights, sounds, smells and squat toilets of Morocco, but I'm running out of net time. Soon, my friends, soon! For now, I say a final 'messalama', and prepare to go all Don Quixote in Spain!


  1. You know there is always the postal service...... and by sea is cheaper and its like getting presents again...... Have fun, enjoyed your card

  2. I enjoyed reading your trip to Morocco. I was in Morocco once and think after traveling to medina and to the labyrinths of Marrakech and Morocco property located near you will have indelible impressions in your memory. The bright carpets overhanging from the roofs of houses, the smell of spices in air and the voices of people in the market Djemaa el-Fna create its unique atmosphere. “Djemaa al Fna” comes alive during the day with acrobats, water sellers, dancers and musicians and by night becomes a huge outdoor restaurant, with numerous food stalls selling traditional Moroccan cuisine.