Where are we again???

Trip Start Dec 12, 2010
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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

When we first thought about going to Morocco, we pictured tagines in the market, hot weather and desert as far as the eye can see. But after the last week and a half, there have been many times when we hard to ask, 'Where are we again?' This was Morocco, a different Morocco to what we expected and we were loving it, well most of it.
Where to go in Morocco but the famous Casablanca. Quite frankly, I don't know why? There was not much to do, but for the aussies on the trip, we needed to get our Senegal visas. Simple task right, wrong! After being told at the embassy in Rabat that we had to get them in Casablanca, we were once again told that we needed to get them in Rabat. In a desperate attempt to get our visas, one girl on our trip asked 'is there anything we can do, any fee we can pay'. She was quickly told off and accused of trying to bribe them, 'even though Senegal is an underdeveloped country, they can't be bribed and should be respected'.
So what to do in Casablanca but to check out the amazing Hussan II mosque (third largest in the world), and enjoy a meal at the famous 'Rick's Cafe' from the movie 'Casablanca'. It was lovely and of course expensive. We enjoyed beauitful food and sipped on cocktails. The cafe was stylish and the toilets were the best we had seen in a long time. For a moment I had to ask 'Where are we again?'
Casablanca was cold and wet and our luck with horrible weather continued with us all the way to Todra Gorge. We expected a bit of cold weather in Morocco but on the drive to Todra Gorge we were treated to a bit of snow. Snow you say, yes this was definately a time we asked ourselves 'Where are we again?' And this was a time that Shaun had to get nude in the unexpected snow.
That night we froze when we bush camped in a baron landscape of Morocco. It was so cold, that the next morning Shaun couldn't get out of the tent as the zipper was iced up and I even had ice on my pillow. This was getting ridiculous, where were we again? We were supposed to be in Africa right?
Todra Gorge was amazing. We hiked through the rugged gorge and even stopped for a tea break at a local nomad's shelter. Once again it was freezing and after the hike I found myself huddled up in my sleeping bag. Shaun on the other hand thought it was smart to drink with the Americans for Thanksgiving. He nearly ended up on top of the fire and was put to bed early. That night we froze even though we were sleeping indoors. Where were we again?
We then needed a relief from the freezing, rainy weather and Marrakech brought us some sunshine. It also brought us amazing sights of Moroccan street performers, henna artists, snake charmers, endless souqs of amazing souvenirs and the awesome night food market. Shaun had long been waiting for the Marrakech food market and dove right in. First stop the snail stand, then he shared a whole sheep's head, indulged in the disgusting eye ball, ate tongue and cringed when eating tripe soup. The night market was crazy though and we were continually being harassed to eat at stalls, I even got man handled. So far Moroccans had been really friendly, but this time I had to ask myself 'Where are we again?'
Marrakech did give us some sunshine, but the nights were still freezing and it was getting beyond the joke. Finally Essaouria pulled through for us as we had beautiful blue skies and hot sun. We even had an awesome seafood lunch with all the trimmings, and only for around $25AUD. We were pinching ourselves and asking 'where are we again?'
When walking on the beach in Essaouria, I was quickly reminded that the Moroccan diet wasn't treating me well. A local commented on the girls I was with. He stated that Katie was only worth half a camel or two baby camels as she was too skinny, but Andrea and I were told that we were nice and worth 250 camels. This was meant to be a complement. Where are we again?
So as we head south towards Western Sahara we are hoping we have left the horrible weather behind us and look forward to many more days of sunshine. And we hope that we don't have to question 'Where are we again?'
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