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!