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Saturday, August 29, 1998
Chefchaouen, Morocco
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Chefchaouen, Morocco:
Latitude: 35° 10' 6" North
Longitude: 5° 15' 46" West
Altitude: 2044 feet
From Seattle: 6097 miles
Lodging: Hostel - Pensión La Castellana (Roof)

Today's Travel:
Country: Morocco
Region: The Rif Mountains
Weather: Sunny

Available Photos:

Mediterranean village in the mountains? (The Medina) Medina, Chefchaouen, Morocco

Door Medina, Chefchaouen, Morocco

Kasbah garden Medina, Chefchaouen, Morocco

All photo images © 1997-2000 Anthony Jones - Images may not be used without prior written approval.

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 506
Linear Dist: 122957
Countries Visited: 35
Regions Visited: 145
More stats...
Hotels: 117
Friends / Family: 154
Camping: 41
Hostels: 138
Transit: 49
Other Lodging: 6
Beers: 1922

Journal Entry:
Spent a relaxing day wandering through the narrow passages of the maze that makes up the Chefchaouen medina. I can't believe how much this place is like a Greek island! If I ignore the mountain peaks surrounding the village (or if I'm lost in the alleys and can't see them) I could easily believe it's eleven months ago and I'm exploring the back streets of sunny Ios or Naxos or any of the dozen Greek islands I visited, it's a little uncanny.

Surprisingly the shops here seem to have reasonable prices. Maybe it's because everyone is too stoned to competitively bargain (in at least half the stores the shop keepers were smoking). I found one store that at first glance looked like a junk store, but the more time I spent in there the more things I found. I ended up spending 500 dirham (about US$50) and got several necklaces / pendants, two Koran boxes, an amber box, and all sorts of other odds and ends. I also bought a beautiful small cedar box for 35 dh (~US$3.50). I also bought some equipment for what would be contraband anywhere else and some contraband (total cost < US$4). After all "when in Rome..." and beer seems to be non-existent here.

Met a group of four Australians who were going to stay on the roof until a light rain scared them into rooms. After they got their rooms we hung out talking for a while. They'd just come across from Spain that day. Just after I'd gotten in my sleeping bag it started to rain pretty hard, but before I could more than start to get my gear together it had stopped and the start came out so I fell into a uneasy sleep. Maybe two hours later it really started to pour and the manager of the hotel moved those of us on the roof into the halls. I spent the rest of the night on an uncomfortable bench.

Related Sites:
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Morocco
CIA World Fact Book: Morocco

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