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Tuesday, September 8, 1998
Marrakesh, Morocco
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Marrakesh, Morocco:
Latitude: 31° 37' 34" North
Longitude: 7° 59' 22" West
Altitude: 1725 feet
From Seattle: 6165 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Hotel Essaouira

Today's Travel:
Country: Morocco
Region: The High Atlas
Weather: Sunny

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Trip Stats to Date:
Day: 516
Linear Dist: 124018
Countries Visited: 35
Regions Visited: 149
More stats...
Hotels: 123
Friends / Family: 154
Camping: 42
Hostels: 141
Transit: 49
Other Lodging: 6
Beers: 1924

Journal Entry:
Today I made up for my good behavior yesterday and went crazy in the Souqs. I started telling the shop keepers I was from Estonia and they seemed more willing to come down to the prices I wanted to pay (or maybe I'm in better form today). I bought a Bedouin gun powder cask (starting price 1,800 dirham, final price 421), and two more cedar boxes (from the same guy I purchased from two days ago, so we just skipped the bargaining and I bought two for 75 dh). I also failed to get my price for a few other things. The hustle and bustle of the market place is exciting and very fun, but also very trying. Hence I spent an hour plus in a very nice, upscale coffee shop unwinding and writing this.

Met up with James (the only remaining one) and headed out on a photo quest. We wanted to try and get the city walls in the golden evening light. The effort involved took nearly two hours of walking but was a commplete success!

While walking back to the square tonight I mentioned Sophie, a friend that I had traveled with back in October. James asked where she lived as she was also from Sydney... to make a long story short, he knew her, and was in fact good friends with her sister, and had even been to her going away party! Sometimes the world is a very small place, maybe even too small. After traveling with this guy for over a week finding out that we have a friend in common was pretty bizarre.

Related Sites:
CNN: Current Weather in Marrakesh
US State Department Consular Information Sheets: Morocco
CIA World Fact Book: Morocco

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