Catching a ride with a schoolteacher
Trip Start May 01, 2001
44Trip End Jun 30, 2001
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Day 391: 3 hours,
Beyond Souq El Hedd is a flatter area with fewer trees—but with a
couple of larger farms, and even a couple long buildings that look like chicken
farms which show that there is a little bit of investment trickling into this area. But I realize I don’t want to spent the rest
of the day hiking, so I figure I should try catching a ride to Aguelmous
and his wife stop to pick me up and give me a ride. A nice fellow who was assigned this region
years ago by the government, and then just decided to stay!
I ask him how these far these kids have to hike to get to school and he tells
me that a project is just starting to provide transportation for the children
who live farthest away. He says it’s
not easy for these kids, but they do what they can.
It’s nice to see a rural
schoolteacher who has a decent car. I
remember my first experience hiking with a schoolteacher for several hours to
Idrawin high above Essaouira and seeing the rough conditions teachers had
good bit over the last 10 years.
They drop me off in
Aguelmous just as the students are getting out of school—the first one I’ve
seen in a long time. Aguelmous is almost
a small city, with a decent commercial strip and even a plaza with park
benches! Here I’m finally able to play
my songs in town instead of out in the hinterlands and I’m joined by some young
fellows who tell me gory stories about the demon possessed goat eaters of
Still a frontier fell to
this town… but it seems pretty well organized.
There’s a guy with a horsecart who traipses around town picking up the
garbage, and plenty of places to grab a cheap meal. I ask the guys what kind of jobs there are
for, say, high school graduates, and they can’t really think of very many.
I wander about for a bit,
and then decide I’m going to try to squeeze in yet one more town today.