Happy cakes makes funny face... Inshallah
Trip Start Dec 28, 2009
7Trip End Jan 19, 2010
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It is said that musicians like Jimi Hendrix and Cat Stevens came here for inspiration in the late sixties. True or not, this place truly is a tranquil and inspirational little town with a fun artistic flair. The warm breeze is quite calm this evening as this normally is famous for its strong winds making Essaouira one of the worlds best wind and kite surfing destinations. As the sun sets the little wood shops starts to glow in the dark alleys and the air fills of the sweet smell of the Thuya wood
The fresh fish we earlier saw in the fishermen net later ends up on our plates at one of the little stalls along the harbor. Here one can pick out anything from lobster and shrimp to snapper and cod. The fish is simply put on the grill and seasoned with some yummy Moroccan spices and served with a fresh salad and bread. A dinner not to miss in this fishing town!
The following morning we wake up to the 5 am prayer call and we realize that our hostal is located next door to a Mosque. Trying to get some more sleep, but the lovely tree in the courtyard of the hostal is apparently hosting a meeting for all the local birds in the area and yet another early rise is inevidable. This is cured with a few cafe au lait, croissants and crepes filled with Nutella (gotta love the French kitchen!). Could there be a better start of the day?
By now we have gotten more accustomed on how to approach this rather different culture. A few simple phrases in arabic can make any Moroccan smile, touching your heart while saying it will enforce what you say in a positive way and last but not least; the magical words "Inshallah", meaning more or less "if it is Gods will"
We meet Oliver, a 27 year old Belgium architect at the local internet cafe. He has been on the road for a few months and looks the part; Skinny, shaggy hair and with a beard. We all hang out for the day walking the board walk along the beach watching some surfers catch a few waves, young Moroccans playing basketball and camels carrying tourists over the dunes. Conversations about culture shocks, world politics and a green solution for the future over some mint tea, getting sausages directly from the butcher at the Medina that we take over to a lovely woman that prepares a meal for us for 10 dirham, a dollar fifty. Yeah, this is the life on the road!!!
We end the day by watching the sun set over the Atlantic and as the cake sellers keeps asking us if we want to buy some space cookies, we simply reply that we will tomorrow, Inshallah...