We are at the Madrid airport in the Neptuno lounge, waiting an hour for our flight to begin boarding.
While this holiday has not been without its challenges, this trip has done exactly what it was supposed to do: help me leave behind some daily cares for a while, be a time of friendship and camaraderie, and give me even more understanding of Morocco (and more reasons to return).
The challenges have included no luggage (found only as we were leaving Tangier) and a lingering touch of The Portuguese Revenge from the local water in Fès.
But the joys!–
the blue of Chefchaouen
that camel ride
several memorable meals
talking with locals
the corniche in Tangier
Kevin’s glee at buying spices at the market in Meknes
the medina in Fès
attentive staff at riads and hotels
medicine delivered to the hotel
sights and sounds and scents (and smells) to fill a lifetime
Some of my favorite photos from the past ten days:
Saturday evening in Tangier. We are safely back at the Hilton near the beach, adjacent to the train station.
I’m beat. Tonight makes six different beds in eight nights, including an overnight transatlantic crossing. My tummy was a bit of a mess this afternoon, but seems better now.
And no luggage, nor no word of luggage.
But I shall persevere.
The drive from Fès to Tangier was on the high-speed tollway. We drove west toward Rabat, and then north to Tangier. Agricultural foothills of the Mid-Atlas mountains gave way to the red clay hills of western Morocco, and green plants to scrappy shrubs and rare views of cattle, but still sheep. Those working the land in the west have a harder time of it. Rivers are really streams, but closer to the ocean, one can see the flood plains where waters do at times stretch and flow. The coastal temperature is much more moderate than that inland; 140 km makes a difference when the Atlantic is nearby!
The road out of Fès.
By the highway.
We were chauffered in a Mercedes SUV.
By the highway.
Olive trees in the distance as we headed west.
Turning north to Tangier, cactus instead of flowering shrubs.