On our way to Midelt
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Leaving the Sahara that day for me was bittersweet. I felt blessed and extremely happy at having at least spent a day and night in the Sahara, while on the other hand sad and wished we could have spent more time there. We were back on our tour bus/van on our way to Midelt, described to us as a "frontier" town located between the High and Middle Atlas mountain ranges.
We made several stops on the way to Midelt in the desert Berber towns of Rissani and Er Rachidian enjoying the beautiful scenery on our drive alongside the Ziz gorge. After lunch, we took some some short tours with Mustafa through a mosque and an old palace which is in the process of being restored.
We also made a stop and had a guided tour of a factory where they make anything from tables, chairs, etc., from fossil rock and marble. Some of the pieces were amazing, such as the tables made out of the fossil rock and marble, topped with glass. They were absolutely beautiful.
We finally made it to our hotel by late afternoon. The hotel caused a bit of a stir among some of the women in my tour group. It was an older hotel, no elevators, etc. The bathroom reminded me of the bathroom my grandmother had here in NYC over 30 years ago. The toilet did not flush like a regular modern toilet with the handle right on the tank.
After getting ourselves cleaned up, a few us went into town and stopped at one of the internet places to check our emails, etc. It only cost us 4 dirham for the use of the internet for an hour. While there, a local asked me if I could help him out with his new website which he was setting up for his new tour group operation. He wanted help with the English translation. So Bronwyn and I spent some time there helping him out. I wish we could have stayed longer with him, but it was time to get back to our hotel for dinner.