After Fes, we took the bus to Marrakech, a lovely city (albeit very tourist-driven) in the middle of the country. It was a wonderful city with a large medina and amazing shops. We even visited an organization that takes care of disabled Moroccan women and gives them jobs and an income. Their website is here for those interested; they embroider and sew gorgeous clothing. While in Marrakech, I got to take a few photos with some Berber monkeys! They were in Jemaa el-Fnaa, the famous square that also hosted a large group of fruit stands, some snake charmers, and at night there were even contortionists.
We toured the city and visited an herbalist, where we learned about argan oil and other natural remedies made specifically in Morocco. It was neat to see them talk about everything and let us sample it. We also visited Bahia Palace and the Saadian Tombs, which were both gorgeous. Some others in my group went to a hammam, but I spent the day lounging in the hotel instead, listening in on the gossip of some French high schoolers on a school trip. I also went for a walk and got a little lost. That’s how I found a neat sculpture garden not far from our hotel.
Marrakech is where I finally was able to go to a Starbucks for normal sized coffee! It was difficult not being able to drink coffee at all hours of the day in the other cities, but somehow…. I managed.
The last night there, a small group of us watched Casablanca in honor of our next stop.