Berber villages in the Hight Atlas...

Trip Start Sep 16, 2006
Trip End Sep 16, 2007

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Monday, December 11, 2006

Ijouakak is a beautiful, little Berber village in the Atlas Mountains... a 'one pony town' some might call it, with some people, some donkeys, some snack shops, great coffee and lots of mandarin carts. Way cool! Way cold!!
We stopped for a snack break, Anna inadvertantly caused a vicious dog fight when she threw some old bread to a hungry dog, and we chatted with the cafe owner who told us Ijouakak was like ' a little bit of magic'. Really a sweet, slow paced place in the most lush, amazing surroundings.
Last night, we stayed 3kms South of here in a little town called N'K'toubba or something like that, in our first 'Gite', which is a Berber home turned into a comfy guest house. Ijouakak has one too, but we stopped before it. Oddly enough, the town before this had a van-load of American film directors shooting a documentary about Berber youth. Cheaper than a hotel and cooler because the money goes to a family with a little farm and kids, Gites are the way to go if you can find them.  The folks won't speak French or English, but universal sign language works, as do smiles and pats on the heart...
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