Yes, Not on the Itinerary, but at the last minute, Tim and I got the chance to GO TO MOROCCO!
We left Kingsdene a lot more upset than I had expected, and took a very long train to the other side of london to catch a plane to Morocco.
After a long boring day of travelling we landed in wet Morocco to be picked up by a taxi driver who took us to our hotel. Although it was dark and raining we were still in awe of the place we were in after seconds.
Although as we were driving into Marrakesh the place looked relativley normal, cars, aparment blocks and supermarkets) once we got through a large mud brick walls of the medina ( very middle of Marrkesh) it was like driving into a different world.
We were one of the only cars while the streets were instead filled with people walking, riding bikes and vespas and more common, driving carts of fruit and veggies carried by donkeys and horses. Everyone was hanging on the street eveing though it was raining. We were something to look at in any case people kept staring at us while we got out of car. We walked through a market place ( that was VERY stinky!) but full of people with bananas on the floor cover in mats, 'Butchers" with dead animals hanging up on hooks just on the side of the road and with live chickens in coops nest to them, kids playing football on the road.
It was amazing and overwhelming at the same time!
We were met by a man who grabbed one of my bags an urged us to follow him. At one point I remember thinking, is this guy legit? Or is he taking us around the corner to bash us up and take all out stuff. However it ended up we would actually be pretty good friends with him in the end!
After a little while of walking through this busy lively wet market we turned a corner to a much cooler and quiter area. All the buildings were made of this orange clay like walls and it felt like we were in a real version of Aladdin! After sevral twists and turns we came to the "riad" where we were staying. The guy opened to door and it was like walking into a paradise.
It was quite and tranquil. There were bubbling fountains and plants everywhere. We walked into the middle of the riad and were amazed. The building was designed so it basically had a hole right in the middle of it! So there was a pool with lots of comfy lounges and chairs around it and when you looked up you saw the sky!
After we settled into our room the Riad provided us with a beautiful 4 course dinner. It was a first taste of real Moroccon and it was delish! We had soup and these little cheese pastires. Then we had a tagine, cooked tradionally which was beautiful. Finished with pannacotta!
YUM! It was all eaten while gazing over the pool and looking at the stars. This place was absolutely amazing.
We went to sleep early, only to be woken at 5 AM when it was still dark, by a prayer over the loud speaker. Gotta get used to that I guess!