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Greetings from the Spice Capital of the World

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Hey everybody,

We arrived in Marrakesh, Morocco (aka Spice Capital of the world) today after a long day and night of traveling. Our plane left from Bamako a little late last night (it was supposed to leave at 2:30am but really left around 4), so we only got about 2-3 hours of sleep in the terminal and plane. Immediately after getting off of the plane at about 7:30am, we boarded a train at the airport that took us to Marrakech by way of Casablanca. The train ride was long and we were pretty cramped and sleepy, but we met some interesting people. We even got a chance to speak some Spanish again as we sat next to a couple from Equatorial Guinea, even though we found ourselves saying "oui" instead of "si" at times, and even throwing in some Bambara...

We rested this afternoon and walked around the city of Marrakesh some. Our hotel is right downtown, just a few blocks from the famous spice (and other stuff) market. We're planning to go there tomorrow. I'd like to buy some spices to bring home, but I'm not sure they'll make it through customs. Anyone know? I won't buy any strange white powders, maybe just some red and yellow ones. We'll see.

Anyway, the city is very nice. It seems more European than Middle Eastern. It has a lot of big fancy buildings, nice restaurants, and good hotels. We found one for a good price that has a wireless connection nearby that we have tapped into. Tonight we took the opportunity to sample a Happy meal at the local McDonald's. We were excited at first for burgers, but about halfway through we remembered that McDonald's really isn't that good. Oh well, it was a good time.

So tomorrow we look forward to checking out the market and renting some bicycles to ride around town. We'll spend tomorrow night here too, and then fly out to Barcelona the next morning at 11am.

Hope everything is going well at home, and we'll talk to you again soon!

Love,
Mariel and Ben

P.S. About the promise of photos last entry: I had a really hard time uploading them, the connection was very slow, so there aren't any new ones now. I will try to get them up if I can in the next week, otherwise they will certainly all be posted when we get home to Iowa. We'll let you know on here!

Posted by vagabundos 15:09 Archived in Morocco

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