Back to Marrakesh
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I woke up at 9.00am showered and walked towards the train station where my train was due to depart at 10:50 but it was delayed and we were told it wouldn't be leaving until 11:30! So I headed across the street and bought myself a steak sandwich and chips for only 20 dirham which I thought was an absolute bargain and was very pleased with! It tasted great too! At the platform I got talking to an Australian women who was with her 3 children who had taken 6 months out to go travelling and she told me how the Moroccans had been a little too over familuar with the girls. I clambered onto the train but unlike Marrakesh there were already passengers in the compartments and as such I was forced to stand in the aisle. I tried to read my book and sit on my bag but people constantly moved up and down the 1 metre wide aisle much to my annoyance as I couldn't see a reason for it! Eventually some passengers got out at a station and I was able to sit in one of the air conditioned apartments and slept for much of the journey back to Marrakesh.
I arrived in Marrakesh at about 3pm and once again finding my Riad (Riad Chenoui) was a nightmare as the map was not an accurate representation of the small roads leading off the square. A lad of about 17 asked me if I would like pointing in the right direction and then led me to the hotel where I asked him how much he wanted. A few of his friends had unfortunately just spotted us and they demanded that I gave him 100 dirhams. In the end I gave him 40 and told them if they didn't want that then fine, they took the money and thankfully left me alone.
Inside the riad it was once again a very different experience with trees inside and a roof terrace.
As I walked towards the square I talked to a stall owner who mistook me for an Australian he had apparently spoken to yesterday. He showed me the different types of natural perfumes he had which you broke off and rubbed on you and they did indeed smell very pleasant.
They have a large number of market stall type restaurants and I had chicken tangine in there for 40 dirhams which was very good value. After my tea I had an orange juice for 3 dirhams and again it tasted very good. Less than 30p for a glass of fresh orange juice really is a bargain! I walked around the souqs for a bit but I got a bit annoyed a bit I was bombarded over and over again by over excited stall owners making sure they got my attention and asking me to have a look at the goods they had to sell. I had been told that the best thing was to say no politely which didn't really work but worked a lot better than not being polite which caused them to become quite aggressive quite quickly. After the Souq's I sat down for a few mint teas and finished work on my poem then went back to the riad to sleep.