(5.0) (1 Vote)
June 20th, 2005
Pros: It was paradise. Marrakech
Disappearing off to Morrocco was one of my ideas on impulse and
definitely a very good one! I was studying for a term in Lille,
France at the time. It was one of the many 'jours feries' and I
thought why not!! I wasn't particuarly popular with the uni but
a pot of pure saffron soon remedied that!
I am prone to getting lost, so putting myself on my own in the maze
of a Marrakech souk was a recipe for disaster. I definitely regretted
my impulsive nature as I wandered around, completely and utterly
lost, far too hot and burdened by my huge rucksack. However, as
always it all worked out just wonderfully. I bumped into Hicham,
who offered me a cup of coffee and for some reason I accepted, perfectly
aware that lone female travellers should not do so but so near to
passing out from heat exhaustion not really caring. Hicham turned
out to be wonderful and the next day I followed him to Amizmiz,
a Berber village up in the mountains. It was paradise. Marrakech
is fascinating. It's really like being in 'Aladdin.' Stepping back
into medieval times. As you wander through the souks with their
red walls you bump into women all covered in black, snake charmers,
witch doctors, carpet sellers, storks sitting in their nests, stray
cats, cute little kids running around and donkies pulling carts
of fresh mint. the souk is full of activity, colour and smells that
send all your senses into a frenzy. However, I wanted to relax and
Marrakech is not the place for that! It doesn't take long to reach
some true natural beauty from Marrakech, squeezed into a long distance
taxi through the dusty and yellow landscape for about 3 hrs. Par
exemple the Ouzoud cascades are a wonderful and refreshing oasis.
3 hours away from Marrakech, in a lovely Berber village in The Atlas
Mountains. I became very attached to this place. had a wonderful
time wandering through the mountains, through the fields of wild
flowers, past the waterfalls and the donkies taking a picnic of
fresh fish. The villagers were all extremely friendly and welcoming.
I drank lots of mint tea! My principle bonding experience with the
locals was when i decided to visit the local haram (public baths)
for a clean up. Quite an experience! Huge ladies poking and rubbing
me whilst I starred in shock at the amount of dirt coming off me!!
It's a real social gathering there, the hubb of all gossip and apparently
the prime place for wife hunting for their sons!