The Old Medina Test
Trip Start May 01, 2001
44Trip End Jun 30, 2001
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Today I decide to put myself to the test to see how well I know the Old Medina. I start at the west end determined to reach the collective taxi station at the east end without making a single wrong turn. I start out down the long, downhill market alley that I'm quite familiar with, confident of my navegating skills.
I fail miserably.
I end up way up on the northside somewhere and end up having to make a huge loop around the perimeter before I finally reach my destination
Frustrated, I decide to take another tour of French Fes, taking a city bus to the Ville Nouvelle, and hiking down to the south edge of town and back again—and once again meeting some musicians who join me for a strum session in the same plaza/boulevard I was yesterday.
Feeling a bit more relaxed, I hike straight to the Old Medina, determined to give it another shot. This time it goes beautifully, I manage to cross the city and exit precisely where I wanted to… and not only that, I then discover another fascinating part of the old city on the southeast side with long, straight alleys that climb steep slopes… past noble looking riads and towering ancient walls—and yet none of the crowds or tourists, just an occasional child coming back from school.
And to finish it off, I then hike west, and make it to the West Gate without making a single wrong turn.
I’ve finally passed the Fes Test.