We bought the tickets to Essaouira and waited for our bus. Well, about one and a half hours later the bus still wasn’t there and I went to talk to the guy who sold us the tickets. Would have been nice if he mentioned it before, but now he said there was no room in the bus and the next one goes in about 8 hours. So much of that plan.
Fortunately we managed to sell our tickets back and as we didn’t have much time before our plane from Marrakech back to Düsseldorf-Weeze anyhow, we decided to go to Marrakech instead.
Once in Marrakech bus station, we were approached by a number of taxi drivers offering us a ride to the town saying that we can’t walk, it’s far away. We decided to walk anyhow and 15 minutes later we already knew were we were.
Half and hour later we were in a hotel reception of a hotel called something like Ivy Ass...well, it must have been something else, but it read at least something similar. Doesn’t really matter. It was a hotel just a minute from the main square in Marrakech Medina (old town). The price for a room for two on paper was 370 Dirhams. We decided that’s too much and after a minute or two we were already in our room which we managed to negotiate from 370 to 250. I guess we could have gone lower but that was good enough. Especially considering the location, the quality and 2000 television channels. Well why the hell not.
Later that evening we went to the streets of Medina – looong 2-4 meters wide streets, salesmen in both sides, people, horses, mopeds, motorcycles and bicycles all in the middle going both directions. Now that was a sight. It’s extremely easy to get lost in the streets of the old town, but if you’re not in a hurry, you can find a way. And of course, if you really need it, every once in a while you see little boys offering you they services – no! Not those services, rather their guide services to get out of the maze. But like I said – it’s usually a lot better idea to just take your time and find your own way back, a lot more interesting and I bet it’s cheaper as well.
The next day we decided to stay in the same hotel, we were quite tired and ... I’m sure we did something that day but most of the time we were just sleeping, smoking and watching TV and went back to Düsseldorf-Weeze the next afternoon. We arrived in Germany around midnight without a slightest idea where to go next.
Continued in next post...