Todra Gorge

Trip Start Apr 02, 2006
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Our lovely guide, Brahim, is the Politically Minded Local Guide of this Morocco trip. Brahim is Berber and proudly so. He's also an ex-journalist and unafraid to put his views of the government and society across... arabicisation of Berber culture seems very problematic.

Brahim is the guide that all Tour Leader's want: agree a plan of action and then sit back and let him inform and entertain the group for the day ... and he knows where all the toilets and places for cold drinks are located!

Todra Gorge is lovely, perhaps not as stunning as what I'd expected, but brilliant all the same. The hotel is a Fawlty Towers affair but with surly Mohammed's instead of chirpy Manuel. Another lesson: how to stand up for the group when a dodgy waiter is trying to bully them into paying more money!

Brahim led a walk through Todra Gorge and I was watching and making mental notes. My first assignment is a walking tour! I don't know if I could keep up the endless stream of conversation as he does, though. We passed a Berber family who were camping in the gorge for the spring. The son leaps down the gorge like a mountain goat ... in flipflops.

The absolute highlight was, however, not the scenery but a night out at a local restaurant. Fabulous food, local musicians and a rotund little man all of 4 footnothing high, who danced with his round belly leading his movement, a huge grin across his face and bottle of water on his head.

It was the most bizarre party trick but he balanced it perfectly and soon had us all dancing. A variety of resturant items were balanced on people's heads and anything that made a noise was music! My own effort was a silver tray on my head and doing 'the twist' with this little bloke!

The image of the evening however, goes to the big Australian bloke who was standing with a big brass bell in one hand ... and the little bloke with the bottle on his head holding onto his other hand.


And when we tried to leave, hunched over and squished onto bench seats in the local school's small van, the little bloke jumped inside and continued dancing. Being tiny he was the only one who could stand up straight - but he didn't quite ahve the same pizazz without teh bottle on his head.
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berberman-38 on

hello, hello!
I thought I was the most tiring and boring guide you had in your tour! thanks for the compliments...I guess everyone would agree with me that politicians are disappointing! aren't they? Brahim

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