0351. Overnight in Azilal (Mor 182--new)

Azilal Travel Blog

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Azilal is a pretty ordinary looking place—especially after some of the places I’ve explored over these last few days!  so it’s a good chance to just wander the streets and soak in all that I’ve experience.

It’s situated in 2 rather treeless valleys, with neighbourhoods spread out pretty far from each other, which means I have to do a good bit of hiking in the scorching sun…

I follow the city all the way to it’s tip at the southwest end, then climb up the hill to check out the neighbourhoods on the other side.  There are a couple of little family forts—like the one I visited in Taghela along the ridge which look pretty interesting.  But unlike forts in East Morocco, these belong to just one family and don’t have a public entrance where you can go in and explore…

I find a spot in the shade where I can parkbenched—a couple of small children come along to listen.

  Usually I don’t do concerts for small kids—but these kids were so well behaved that I really enjoyed it—even took a video clip of us afterwards…

There’s a lot of Berber pride in Azilal.  When I stopped in a milk shop for a yoghurt, the shopkeeper insisted on speaking to me in Berber.  Even when I told him “Imik Shilha, snta l’Arbiya”, he still wouldn’t let up—insisting that it was my duty to learn Berber!

I’ve also noticed around Morocco that a lot of political parties include Berber script on their fliers—clearly targeting Berbers in their campaigning…

After thoroughly exploring Azilal, I figure I’ll go ahead and head on to my next town.  But there’s no more transportation to Bin El Ouidan, so I get myself a room in Azilal, and enjoy a quiet evening strolling up the main drag and enjoying a kefta sandwich, a helwa and a aaser dial banan ou tfah…


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