Friday, August 14, 2009
Morocco: Fez to Marrakech
WOW! Morocco is a world upon itself that I did not expect. Crowded markets and tourist traps.
Fez was too crowded and insane for me. The Medina there is made up of 3000 unamed streets that wind in and out and can be quite daunting to find the way back to the main street.
Right now in Morocco I hear the call to prayer. The 5 times daily call reminds those to pray and worship no other god but GOD. To rise up for prayer and salvation.
I flew to Fez and caught an 8hour train to Marrakech. They oversell the tickets so there were people standing in the aisle and imbetween the seats. I sat next to a really nice Moroccan family that didn't speak a lick of english. They offered me food and I offered them mine. People in Morocco are very friendly and warm hearted.
In Fes a young boy showed me around the Medina and took me to expensive shops and restaurants where he earned a commission if I bought anything. It can be much more expensive in Morocco than one would imagine. It is best to avoid the touristy areas. But even areas away from the medina there are those who want you to buy carpets and hash from them. The trick is to be polite but firm.
Today I will venture off into the Medina with some other travellers and a friend who lives in Marrakech to see the sights. To experience the complex tourist trap that is the Moroccan Medina.