Marrakesh and goodbye to the mother in law :(
Trip Start Oct 11, 2009
156Trip End Mar 10, 2010
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On arrival at our campground we found ourselves in a little oasis. Val fell in love with it immediately! It had a lovely blue tiled in ground pool which was surrounded by nice gardens and seating areas. There was a restaurant which had a bar and also wifi. We decided it was time for a nice cold beer and a tarjine for dinner. Val even made sure she had room for dessert – chocolate mousse – her favourite!
Tired from the drive yesterday I decided to chill out in the campground while the girls went into the centre of town. It had also been ages since we did laundry so I was going to do that; however we found out that the campground had a laundry service so I took the easy option and let them do it
Val loved Marrakesh. They enjoyed a thimble of a coffee (literally the smallest coffee they had ever seen!) on Djemaa el-Fna, Marrakesh's main square where they people watched and soaked up the atmosphere before getting lost amongst it. The square was filled with orange juice carts, date sellers, snake charmers, Berber ladies offering henna tattoos, and old men decoratively dressed in red outfits with very polished brash cups selling water. Val said she dodged donkeys and their carts, motor bikes, cyclists, cars and people as she wandered through the souqs. They shopped til they dropped and Val bought 2 pairs of extremely soft Moroccan leather slip on shoes, 2 scarves, a leather handbag and some souvenir gifts. They returned back at to the camp ground fully satiated and ready for some tranquillity after the hustle and bustle of the city.
That night we discovered that Scooby’s fridge was no working when on main power so I figured that one of the fuses had blown. I managed to short the whole lot when I tried to fix the problem – bugger!
None of us sleep well last night. Kim had woken during the night with a huge bite on her head from a mozzie and Val had one too – she was going to wake us as she thought she had caught something it was that big!!!
First thing on the agenda was to find blown fuses and replace them. They were none blown in the internal power unit but I found 2 blown running off the leisure battery under the bonnet. I replaced those and we had lights again.... but the fridge was still not working off mains. Hmmmm? Oh well no time to investigate this at the moment as we need to go to the airport...
Val was leaving, flying to Barcelona where she would spend the night and then tomorrow catch her flight back to Brisbane via Heathrow, Bangkok and Sydney – long flight but at least she would get a good night sleep before she started. The trip had done her a world of good and she felt like herself again. It had also given her quality time with Kim as it has been years since they had spent so much time together. Val was an easy travel companion as she just went with the flow, thankful for once for not being the one who had to organise everything.
The girls were good and there were not too many tears at the airport, probably because they knew they would see each other in a few months time.
As we left the airport the rain came on so we headed back to the camp ground to bring in our washing, which lucky for us our neighbours had done so they were all nearly dry – very sweet of them
Woke up to a grey morning and it was not long until the rain started again. No dramas as we had already decided on a recovery day at the camp site reading our books and catching up on chores and emails.
More rain! Another day in Scooby chilling out. The rain did stop about an hour before sunset which gave time to get an exercise circuit in before the sun went down. It had been 2 weeks since we had done any serious exercise so we found it all a bit of a struggle! Gorgeous sunset and then the rain started again. As we had lots of movies on the laptop but had not time to watch them or the power as we had only started staying in camp ground in Morocco we enjoyed a movie marathon evening minus the popcorn.