Overnight in Azilal
Trip Start May 01, 2001
44Trip End Jun 30, 2001
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4 hours, 6.5 kms
Azilal is a pretty ordinary looking place—especially after some of the places I've explored over these last few days! so it’s a good chance to just wander the streets and soak in all that I’ve experience.
It’s situated in 2 rather treeless valleys, with neighbourhoods spread out pretty far from each other, which means I have to do a good bit of hiking in the scorching sun…
I follow the city all the way to it’s tip at the southwest end, then climb up the hill to check out the neighbourhoods on the other side
I find a spot in the shade where I can parkbenched—a couple of small children come along to listen. Usually I don’t do concerts for small kids—but these kids were so well behaved that I really enjoyed it—even took a video clip of us afterwards…
There’s a lot of Berber pride in Azilal. When I stopped in a milk shop for a yoghurt, the shopkeeper insisted on speaking to me in Berber. Even when I told him "Imik Shilha, snta l’Arbiya", he still wouldn’t let up—insisting that it was my duty to learn Berber!
I’ve also noticed around Morocco that a lot of political parties include Berber script on their fliers—clearly targeting Berbers in their campaigning…
After thoroughly exploring Azilal, I figure I’ll go ahead and head on to my next town. But there’s no more transportation to Bin El Ouidan, so I get myself a room in Azilal, and enjoy a quiet evening strolling up the main drag and enjoying a kefta sandwich, a helwa and a aaser dial banan ou tfah…