Day 337 – 338 : I Give You Good Price

Trip Start Mar 23, 2010
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Trip End Mar 23, 2011


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Tuesday, February 22, 2011

We were back. Hardened by our travels, time in the desert, conquering an underwear-threatening illness, and dealing with the obstacles Maroc constantly throws at you all over the country – and now, ready to do some shopping.

Buying things here is not an easy affair – bargaining is mandatory, and whilst generally congenial and good-hearted, it is a battlefield of wits and patience to procure the object of desire whilst trimming the attached tourist tax as much as possible. We did well and managed to secure most of the items on our shopping list, and were generally commended for our bargaining efforts – though this is probably a sign we paid twice the going rate (or "Moroccan price" as they call it). We also got some time in at the Square, a place you could never get bored of; as well as the food markets, a place you could never go hungry in assuming you have 2 euro handy.

Our return to Marrakech was such a successful venture, we were confidently able to help 1st time tourists we met (a good feeling); score some of our shopping goods at a quarter of the normal price with some cunning trickery and local knowledge (great feeling); and things went that smashingly I was even offered 2 camels in return for leaving Ann in the hands of a Souk merchant, though now post-trade, customs is giving me grief about transporting them back to Australia (horrible feeling).

In the end, Morocco was an amazing experience but definitely hard work at times. The people can (sometimes) be great, but there are pitfalls at every corner and being constantly on the move didn't make it any easier on us. That being said, we really did enjoy it and this was definitely one of the more unique parts of our trip. We are now also slightly addicted to that damn Berber Whisky.

We saw a lot, we did a lot, and we unquestionably were on a bus a lot. We managed to get through over 2,300kms, over 8 legs, taking roughly 50 hours in transit - but we did get to enjoy many of the immensely varied geographical and cultural landscapes the country has to offer.
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