Marrakech...finally some real food

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Our home at the base of the gorge.

If I have to see another tagine or Moroccan bread after this trip, I am going to throw up.  Everywhere we go here in Morocco there are very few options for food.  Bread is always served and it is usually very dry.  I loved it at first but 10 days later, not so much.  Tagine is a caserole.  Here, that caserole is just vegetables heated in a special dish.  Apparently, in peoples homes the food is great but in restaurants, no so much.  Your last option is brochette which is basically a skewer of meat.  Marrakech, the city we just arrived in, has Italian food and I cant wait!

I am finally feeling better today after taking some antibiotics.  I basically havent eaten in 3 days.

On our way to Marrakech...
  Some people have been sick even longer....around 5 days or so.  So I finally had some chips today...the only bland thing I could find that wasnt bread and I was ok!  Horray! Pasta for me! 

Today, we drove for about 4 hours over the high atlas mountains.  It was interesting...a little scary to say the least.  The road winds back and forth the whole time.  I wasnt carsick because I hadnt eaten in three days but lots of other people were.  The road is very narrow and to the side of it is a cliff...sometimes going about 2000 m down into a gorge.  I was trying not to watch.  We even passed some people going on it.  I held my breath!  It was certainly an adventure and very beautiful if you didnt think about the cliff.  I will try and upload my pictures tomorrow so you can see.

The movie studio in Morocco where films like The Mummy were shot.
  Craziness!

Anyways, all is good and we are in Marrakech which is a very touristy and more European city....not so off the beaten track.  The hotel is very nice and has a swimming pool so I skipped out on the walk today to lay by the pool and regain some energy.  I am excited to go shopping tomorrow here and in Essaouira.  I really havent bought much yet and this is the best place to haggle.

All the girls on the trip have been talking about the hammam coming up in Essaouira.  It is kind of like an all female Moroccan steam bath and spa but most women dont wear any clothes in it.  Most of us are pretty modest so everyone has been joking about what to wear.  The guys on the tour are outta the loop...females only.  Should be an interesting cultural experience.  Hope its not too dodgy.  Im also looking forward to getting some Morrocan henna done.  I cant believe how fast Morocco is whizzing by!

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Our home at the base of the gorge.
Our home at the base of the gorge.
On our way to Marrakech...
On our way to Marrakech...
The movie studio in Morocco where …
The movie studio in Morocco where…
Stopping in Ben Aidhaddou
Stopping in Ben Aidhaddou
The scary drive through the Atlas …
The scary drive through the Atlas…
Eating dinner with some people fro…
Eating dinner with some people fr…
Marrakech
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