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Couscous and Pickpockets

Oct 28, 2011

Location: Marrakech, Morocco
Author: Emily
Al was skipper, but as he stayed back on the boat I will write about the day’s events.
The day began with a hectic docking in Safi. The marina we are staying at is commercial and not really sailboat friendly. We had to maneuver around several other boats and had quite a bit of trouble communicating with the Moroccans on the dock to catch our dock lines. Then came the customs officials. Luckily we have Victoria to translate for us. I don’t know what we would do without her! Soon after our banana bread breakfast we were on a bus for a 2.5 hour ride through the Moroccan countryside to Marrakech. Marrakech is a drastic change from the rural villages in Morocco. It is a thriving African metropolis full of marketplaces and European influence. We toured the main palace and roamed through the streets taking in the rich scents of herbs and spices. A highlight of the tour was a stop at the apothecary where we purchased remedies for seasickness and stress as well as teas and oils as gifts for our families. It was nice to be in a country for a change that had a currency valued less than a $US. After a stroll through the night market we enjoyed a traditional dinner and slept in bus all the way back to Safi.