0173. Another Phosphate town (Mor 022--new)

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After Khouribga, I decide to stay the night in the nearby town of Oued Zem--so I grab a "taxi kbir" across a barren landscape of phosphate mine waste and conveyer belts that stretch out into the horizon.   Hop off at the edge of Oued Zem so I can walk into town.

 "How much are your rooms?"  I ask a long-bearded fellow at a small hotel.

 "There are rooms for 50 dirhams and rooms for 80" he answers.

 "How about a room for 40 dirhams?"  (4 euros)

 He grins, "I suppose we could work that out".

 After he shows me the room, he has a sudden change of heart "tell you what, I'm going to let you have the 80 dirham room with a bathroom for 40 dirhams... and you know why?  I just love hearing you speak in Arabic!"

 I knew my language skills were worth money...

 I quickly head out to parkbench before it got to late--followed the crowds to a palm tree lined park around a big pond...I guess it's Oued Zem's place to be in the evening... and lucky me--there was one empty park bench left...

 It seems that Oued Zem goes by "desert schedule" which means that the city doesn't really come alive until evening--and stays alive until late into the night... So I wander off through the market area and to the city's edge... parkbench some more... finally head to bed at around midnight...

 Next morning I go off exploring in a new direction--until the city abruptly ends and the barren hills began--and trucks and horsecarts waited to carry folks to the surrounding villages...


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