Marrakech, Jebel Toubkal and Ouzarate
12.05.2009 - 14.05.2009
We explored Marrakech for a day. Things were largely closed when we arrived, so we wandered around in the medina, which is mainly pink of wall, until we stumbled upon a cafe / restaurant. Menu was... just whatever they brought out, as they fancied. Great heap of meat. Hywel thinks I already said this so I'll stop. Just in case I didn't: snake charmers, Americans (lost and puzzled), monkey on the head, small but pretty tombs hidden down an alleyway, and a delicious meal of pigeon pie (Ahhh, pidge-ON), in a smokey restauant on the square. Also great orange juice.
Climbed Jebel Toubkal (4163m), haggled with taxis for a long while there and back - on the way back driver let some guy look at our bags in the boot, and fought with passers by. The climb itself was very hard (for me) and perhaps worse for 'no shoes' Hywel, who did it in trainers. Met a fellow called Jon who had a map, and hung out with him a while, also met many other climbers in the refuge and played cards until lights out. Arose, climbed some more until I felt like crap, then found out were 150m off summit. Got to top for stunning views, Hywel was highest man in North Africa for a long while - PHOTOS PROVE IT. Took photos for group, then descended at my request. Fell over a lot, and did a few sections tobogan style. Last one best by far, included chicane.
Both feeling crap on return to Marrakesh so ate at McDonalds. I had Tagine Burger - cultural. Made no plans for tomorrow.
Went to Ouzazate (south of High Atlas), on a whim. Looks like you probably think Morroc looks like. Hailed a (free) taxi and ended up arranging a tour for the morrow - some serious haggling; but in the end the chance of camels won us over. Now looking for dinner.