Long Train rides

Trip Start Sep 08, 2009
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Trip End Nov 16, 2009


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Sunday, November 8, 2009

Got up and had a final breakfast in the Riad and Mohammad was not around to say goodbye so we went off through the souk to find a small taxi to take us to the train station.  There were lots and lots of people waiting on the platform for the train and it was good that we had booked first class.  When we got on they were playing Morrocan music so loud in the carriage i was worried that it was going to be wailing all the way there but it stopped as we got out of the station.  Morroco is crazy its trying to encourage tourists with flights now on easyjet and ryanair to fez and marrakech but its still a really poor developing country with old traditional ways of farming with donkeys and mules pulling carts.  As we went north the landscape changed from desert to more green fertile land but the poverty you could not escape from.  There were houses made from ruins and lots of children trying to get stuff from the rubbish dumps.  The begging in the citys was not as bad as I imagined but it still breaks your heart to see how some of these people have to live with nothing and not a lot of money.

The train was really uneventful, I was dying for a cigarette about 4 hours in so went off to see if i could sneek one i need not have worried as the guard asked did I want to smoke and took a cigarette off me so we smoked together. There was a lad stood with the train door open as it was hurtling through the countryside!

We arrived at Fez and had to ring our Riad but Ian had not enough credit on his phone so had to stress about getting credit on trying to use the phone box these are stations you dont want to be hanging around in at night in the dark.  We finally got through to the Riad and then went off to get a taxi what chaos that was we had to get again a little taxi and we where trying to at the main gates of the station there was pure gridlock cars and motorbikes and people everywhere all the cars beeping there horns men getting out and shouting and some cars just bumping into other it was mad but we finally got a cab and off to the Riad.

The Riad is so amazing with lots of wood carvings and traditional stones, we had a mint tea and then went off to find something to eat.  Fez is a little bit calmer than Marrakech but I think its a bit dirtier the streets are still windey and we found a little square and had a meal there. Nothing grand about it was just ok, I was not sure about the smell of the meat so I did not eat mine.  Told you I am obsessed.  Then the walk back one thing about Fez is the people are friendlier and not as hassling as Marrakech.
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