Trip Start Mar 13, 2009
54Trip End Mar 15, 2010
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Fes, like most Moroccan cities we went to, is made up of the Medina, which is the old city built within walls, and then the New City, which is where the more modern buildings, bigger streets, and fancier hotels are. Our hostel was in the center of the Medina, sort of, because the Medinas are generally so chaotic and windy that there really is no center,
The calls to prayer are always. But at 4:15am they are especially loud - from outside in our roof beds it was like they were resonating in our heads. But I liked them anyway. They marked the passing of time, and gave sort of a holy, medieval feel to everywhere we went in Morocco.
We also hiked up to these lovely ruins on a hill to watch the sunset (sortof) and the lights come up in the city.
Other highlights - eating snail soup, tagine, and couscous every night, having 75 Spanish students show up at our hostel and people sleeping on every available surface, inside and out, walking through the royal palace, and being taken on a "tour" to a "synagogue where the Jews come to pray on Sundays." Actually it was a museum that used to be a Synagogue and Jews don't pray on Sundays, but no big deal. Everyone needs to make a buck, right?
Where I stayed