0187. A scorcher of a town (Mor 036--new)

Fkih Ben Salah Travel Blog

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I hate to admit it, but the fact is, my impression of a town is often determined my what time a day I show up there... So when I arrive in Fkih ben Salah with the summer heat in full swing, I'll have to say my enthusiasm is tempered a bit...

 Ben Salah is actually a large city--it's fine print title on the map doesn't do it justice.  There are eight wide roads/highways heading out from Ben Salah in every direction.  A lot of nice homes with decorative cement finishes are popping up all over the place.  As I find out later, this is a place where Moroccan emigrants to Italy build their retirement homes, giving this other wise bleak, forlorn area an artificial feel of prosperity. I would think that these folks would want to build their retirement homes in a nicer area, maybe near the coast, but I guess Fkih Ben Salah folks feel very attached to their region…

  The neighborhoods are interspersed with huge vacant lots--not much fun to walk across in the scorching heat... Oh well... I do find a grimy little plaza with a shady park bench next to a relatively quiet marketplace.

 Despite its "hub-like" location, transportation can be a bit sticky.  When I feel I've explored the town enough, I go to the bus station and am told that there aren't any more buses to Casablanca--but I can wait around for a bus to Khouribga, maybe... About an hour later the ticket guy starts hollering "Casablanca!" and is promptly mobbed by about fifty people...

 That’s the end of my sixth “mini-trip” here in Morocco.  It’s been fun—but hopefully I’ll be able to do some REAL travelling in a few days…

 End of Episode 06

 

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Fkih Ben Salah
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