Seven days of hyper planning…
So, I come back to work after 14 days out of the country and get slapped with three projects that have my head spinning. One event came off without a hitch on Saturday without my prescence, alhamdulillah. The other two events will come off without a hitch tomorrow morning, insha’allah. I feel like I have to fly as I have to travel rather quickly between the two event locations. Nice part is I know the star of my show has to do the same journey in about the same amount of time. The shows don’t start without either of us. *grin* I will be so happy once we are past election day and done grandstanding for votes. I am very lucky to only have been hit with these two events as the staff who were left after I went on vacation got blown into the water quite a bit harder than I.
As a result of actually working at work (more than the usual, at any rate), my interest in blogging has been abysmally low. I am missing the in-laws. They really made my life brighter. I wish there were some way they could be here without being completely miserable.
Marrakech is a lovely city for tourists who want to be treated like tourists. Quite a few of the service industry speak a large number of languages. I heard English more in Marrakech than in Casablanca. The city is cleaner and all roads lead to Djmaa Fna, the main attraction.
If you are starting in Casablanca, the main international port city, you can travel by train or airplane to Marrakech. I recommend the train as you will get a few more perks. You will get to see more of the country, which is really beautiful in Southwest US sort of fashion and you will get more interaction with hommes Marocaine. Be aware that if you take couch, you will probably be jam packed. A very good opportunity to practice your Maghribi arabic. However, for a few extra dirhams, you can ride in first class which is more spacious and still have people to talk to. The ride from Casablanca to Marrakech is about three hours long.
Hotels are very western with western amenities. Expect to pay about 100 a night at some of the lower key establishments.
Don’t drink the water. I know I’ve said it before… but traveller’s illnesses make walking tours difficult. I really don’t know if it was the water for sure, but I think it was a good shot that it was.
Djmaa Fna is an open air market and entertainment smorgasbord that is near the Koutoubia masjid. Snake tamers, henna artists, drummers, musicians, dancers, et cetera. Not all halal, but is anything anymore? Oh… I forgot to mention food. Rows upon rows of food, fresh cooked on location… but mostly the same menu at each place. You choose which one looks more appealing to you, sit down and order to your hearts content. There is fresh orange juice to had, 2 dirhams for a glass. (that may have also been the illness culprit!) Shopping is good if you get past the icky made in Taiwan type crap. There is a really good souk that is hanging out in the maze like passages behind the walls.
Tomorrow, Sidi Fadma waterfall! (insha’allah)
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