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Wednesday, September 9, 1998
Marrakesh to Essaouira, Morocco
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Essaouira, Morocco:
Latitude: 31° 30' 52" North
Longitude: 9° 45' 44" West
Altitude: 99 feet
From Seattle: 6080 miles
Lodging: Hotel - Hôtel Tafraoud

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Today's Travel:
Country: Morocco
Regions: The High Atlas, Atlantic Coast
Route: Bus: Marrakesh - Essaouira
Path:Marrakesh - Essaouira, Morocco
Linear:104 miles
Weather: Sunny

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Mohammed and I after buying lock (three days bargaining: 1800 dh to 356 dh) Marrakesh, 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: 517
Linear Dist: 124122
Countries Visited: 35
Regions Visited: 149
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Hotels: 124
Friends / Family: 154
Camping: 42
Hostels: 141
Transit: 49
Other Lodging: 6
Beers: 1926
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Journal Entry:
James got up early and headed for Essaouira. I made a final email run, then spent the rest of the morning wandering through the souqs again. After three days of bargaining I finally reached an agreement with a shop keeper for an antique berber(?) lock (price 1,800 to 356 Dinhar). But other than the lock I didn't buy anything, just went out to soak up the atmosphere one last time.

Met Amy and some of her Peace Corps friends (Pamala, Trisha, Tristan, Alison, and Lindsay) at the train station. Had trouble getting a taxi because none of them at the bus station were willing to use their meters (hint never catch a taxi from the bus or train station in Marrakesh - walk to the street then catch one). We never did get one to use the meter, but did get one to bring the price down to slightly more than double what it should have been, and the others weren't as keen on being stuborn. Caught a bus to Essaouira.

Essaouira: tons of foreigners, similar to Chefchaouen in its relaxing atmosphere (not quite as relaxed - especially in the shops), but lacking the authenticity. The medina, city fortifications, the harbor area, and souqs all feel genuinly Moroccan, but the central / cafe area feels fake, more like Disneyland. We had a great Italian diner at Dar Baba (a restaurant Trisha and Alison had been to many times before). I briefly met up with James before heading off to sleep.


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

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