Backtracking

Trip Start Mar 14, 2009
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Sunday, April 5, 2009

As always things in Africa don't run on time, our train from Fez to Sidi Kacem (where we had to change for our connecting train to Tangier) was 5 minutes late even before departure. Our remaining time for our connection was 15 minutes, not to bad really, but then again this is Africa.

When arriving at Sidi Kacem it was a further 10 minutes late. OK, 5 minutes we can do it, cant we.

We found our train and what we thought was our platform, judging by the signs and the announcement in French. But apparently NO. We where on the wrong side of the train. It was a train easily 12 maybe more carriages long and only a couple of doors where open. Have you tried running with a 25kg pack attached to your back as well as all the other stupid things that we carry around. It was a site to see.

Apparently Dino doesn't like waiting for people. So, when we had finally located a door that was open, there was so many people trying to get on that Dino decided that we should try the next one. Oh but of coarse that was looked. And so it went on again, after trying to run the length of the train we finally got on. And for the first time since being in Morocco the train left on time. we ended up standing outside a toilet for most of the train ride as we couldn't fit down the isles with our bags and all the carriages we could be arsed looking through where too full. Ah another peaceful journey.

When arriving in Tangier we ran into two distressed backpackers at the train station, they had just been scammed and mugged on their first day in Morocco. That was enough for them they where heading home. We shared our taxi with them to the ferry terminal.

While Shona was chatting to Mark and Charlotte, Dino was trying to purchase the ferry tickets. We wanted to go to Gibraltar, but as we found out at the ferry terminal the ferry to Gibraltar only goes twice a week. Today was not one of those days. Dino then tried to explain to the ticket seller that there really should be a ferry going to Gibraltar rather then Tarifa, as other wise he would be backtracking, which is not good for our budget. She sympathized but still there was nothing she could do. Dino suggested Algeciras as an alternative destination. But no only to Tarifa, however there was a free bus from Tarifa to Algeciras with the ticket purchase. No he did not want to go back to Tarifa, he did not want to backtrack.

At which point Shona was wondering what could be taking so long in getting the tickets. Dino said there was no ferry today going to Gibraltar, only Tarifa, and then explained about the backtracking. Shona stepped in front of Dino and asked for two tickets for the next ferry to Tarifa. We made the 5 O'Clock one and as we where heading back anyway decided to spend a couple of nights before heading up to Barcelona.

Shona likes Tarifa.
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