0186. Little Middle Altlas Town (Mor 035--new)
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I get up early Sunday morning--eager to explor Beni Mellal a bit more before it got too hot. Then I find a "tobiss" (city bus) that was actually going to a neighboring town... These "tobisses" are thus the cheapest form of transportation in Morocco.
Afourir... seeing it nestled into the slopes of the majestic mountains, it’s love at first sight. I get off the bus well before it arrives so that I can hike the remaining distance in the shade of the olive groves--and maybe take a video clip on the way.
Over to the side of the village a large pipe zigzagged its way down the mountain. This pipe brings water for irrigation, water for Beni Mellal--and is used to generate electricity. It's all a sharp contrast with the bleak landscape around, say, Ben Ahmed where people just have to hope it'll rain.
For some reason, Afourir is a "red" town... maybe these color codes aren't as regional as I'd thought. It also has a distinctively Berber feel. But the older fellow that prepared my eggs for breakfast was eager to chat--about a very popular topic here in Morocco... religion.
I wander up and down the steep streets and alleys of the town. A road winding its way up the mountainside was clearly beckoning me to go explore deep into these mountains--as was a waiting "taxi kbir" heading that direction... But common sense overruled... I have a deadline for getting back to Casablanca... but I'll be back to this region I'm sure, to do some REAL mountain exploring.