ASIS Travel Adventures 2007-08 travel blog

Rene patiently waiting, not really, for our train to Fes which was...

Is it ever going to get here?


Oh my where do I begin? I must apologize now for the terrible spelling about to take place. Here the keyboard is very different than what we have at home so any keyboarding skills I have are out the window. It pays to be a one-fingered pecker like my friend Hal. Also there is no English; just French and a dialect of Arabic. I wish I had paid more attention in my grade 7 French lessons.

Flights from Edmonton to Montreal; Montreal to Paris, and Paris to Casablanca left us in need of some sleep on a nice bed. Upon arrival in Cqsqblqncq (that darn q is where the a should be sorry) we had to take the train. All went smooth until the end of the train line where the taxi touts were waiting for us. Same as in Asia they all want your business and try to barter. Also typical of Asia, the taxi driver took us to a different hotel than we asked in hopes that ze may stay at his friends hotel. We have leqrned over the years thqt the taxi driver will earn a cut of the cost for bringing in tourists. We were very tired but did insist he take us to the requested guesthouse only to find out it was supposedly full. We managed to bargain for a better price and thoroughly enjoyed the costly hotel. 45US Getting a comfortable sleep was worth it. The hotel management fed us Moroccan tea that has copious amounts of sugar and mint leaves. Apparently a mix of Chinese gunpowder tea and fresh mint leaves is the legendary Moroccan whiskey. Quite nice indeed.

Few people cqn speak English so we are struggling with reading menus and getting directions and even using the internet since the dialogue windows come up in French so I guess at what to choose. This is also proving to be the challenge when using the ATM machine that of course is in French.

We managed to get tickets to take the train to Fes; a city about 4 hours from Casablanca. The train left late but it was a very comfortable efficient way to travel. On the train we met a teacher from Fes who spoke English. . . yeah*(can't find the exclamation mark) He organized an English speaking guide to take us to the sights of Fes the following day. The guidebook advises to take a guide since the area is very crowded and easy for tourists to get lost. We walked 19,472 steps todqy in just 6 hours. (Yes I brought my pedometer) Perhaps I should chqllenge the Facey staff to do walking wellness with me as I travel Africa. Don't worry not all days are this crazy. Yesterday I only walked 5835 steps because of the train ride. Next e-mail I will describe our adventure through the Medina of old Fes. Tomorrow we will take a bus to Chefchaouen; qnother 4-hour trip.

So far I find Morocco to be an intoxicating mix of sights, smells, old culture qnd new technology. Many cell phones, and satellite TV dishes everywhere. People still dress in the traditional cloaks (jalaba) over their other clothes. Coffee is good but served in small juice glasses so it is difficult to handle and more like a shooter.

Few people cqn speak English so we are struggling with reading menus and getting directions and even using the internet since the dialogue windows come up in French so I guess at what to choose. This is also proving to be the challenge when using the ATM machine which of course is in French.

We managed to get tickets to take the train to Fes; a city about 4 hours from Casablanca. The train left late but it was a very comfortable efficient way to travel. On the train we met a teacher from Fes who spoke English. . . yeah*(can't find the exclamation mark)He organized an English speaking guide to take us to the sights of Fes the following day. The guide book advises to take a guide since the area is very crowded and easy for tourists to get lost. We walked 19,472 steps todqy in just 6 hours.(yes,I brought my pedometer)Perhaps I should chqllenge the Facey staff to do walking wellness with me as I travel Africa. Don't worry not all days are this crazy. Yesterday I only walked 5835 steps because of the train ride. Next e-mail I will describe our adventure through the Medina of old Fes. Tomorrow we will take a bus to Chefchaouen; qnother 4 hour trip.

So far I find Morocco to be an intoxicating mix of sights,smells,old culture qnd new technology. Many cell phones, and satellite TV dishes everywhere.People still dress in the traditional cloaks (jalaba)over their other clothes. Coffee is good but served in small juice glasses so it is difficult to handle and more like a shooter.

Al and I will attempt to download photos soon.



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