Danielle & Scott of Arabia
So we have embarked on a very official visit to backwoods of Morocco... Day 1 - We arrive at the sceduled time of 7 am for our bus pick up, however it seems that there are more than a few too many people and for a while thre was some fear that approximatelt 13 people would be sharing the 7 seater minibus... however after some discussion the Land Rover pulled in as vehicle number 2 which we quickly jumped into with 2 french/Morrocan girls and an Aussie couple (Matt and Rachel) ... we drove through the mountains and checked out a very cool casbah (which we learned means castle)complete with a private tour by some morrocan dudes who may or may not have been totally scamming us with the entrance fee - however they did inform us that we were mere (kilo)meters away from the lovely Brad Pitt where he was filming and also a stones throw away up to a little restaurant featuring the music of WHAM and theme from the Exorcist (as a side note on the trip was a very odd littl woman who believed that she had in fact been taken to witness an exocrism while in marrakesh... then hung out with the same woman who took her tho the supposed exocism afterwards, what's up with that)... the day finished up with tons of amazing sight and pictures of the country/desert side and chilling at the hotel with the group to a perfomance of some morrocan drumming...
Scott says i am taking too long so the end of the trip will be brief... we got up bright and early for our drive into the desert (but not without the requisite trip to the carpet dealer in the middle of nowhere, luckily we were strong and managed to resist temptation for further purchases) ... we made it to the real deal sand dunes desert by late afternoon and after an offroading trek by our very excellent driver we hit our base camp droppped our stuff (except for what we needed for the night). The camels were eagerly awaiting our arrival, so we hopped on (easier than riding a horse but more prone to serious wedgies...ask scott, i think his underwear may still be up his bum)... the camel ride was amazing, we rode through the dunes to our camp which was totaly set up with tents, matresses, blankets etc ... we climbed a sand dune with a couple of the others (a much harder task than you would think) and after catchin our breath and watching the stars come out from the top of the dune we headed back to camp for a delicious traditional morrocan supper ... Slept out under the stars and awoke at sunrise to reboard the camels and go back to the cars and our gear ... so that´s the end of our Sahara adveture ... an amazing experience which we would both HIGHLY recommend to anyone planning on travelling in Morroco...next we are off to Fes with our Aussie travelling buddies, Rachel and Matt.
ps. Scott would like everyone to check out the picture of him with his camel, Fred (the one where they both have ridiculous grins on the faces)