“You’re making couscous in my brain” said the carpet seller to Boaz in the middle of a heated 20 minute discussion about whether the carpet Boaz wanted to buy was handmade or not! Bargaining is the name of game in Morocco and especially in the more touristy city of Marrakesh. Thankfully we had a wildcard up our sleeve… Yehuda, whose command of Moroccan Arabic and understanding of how the discussion goes, has helped us get some great deals! Thanks Yehuda!
Our stay in Marrakesh centered around Jemaa El-Fnaa, the main square in the centre of the Medina. By day you feel the hustle and bustle of a city, people rushing around, buying and selling. By night, the square comes alive with drumming musicians, agile acrobats and a wide range of food stalls. Together with the haunting call to prayer in the evening, it is altogether an enchanting place.
Boaz was a brave soul and braved the snails…mmm…delicious!!
Wandering around the medina we happened across a communal bakery. Community living is entrenched in the way of life here and it these bakeries gave us a glimps into how it works in practice. In the morning the dough is prepared at home, then brought to the communal bakery to be cooked.
A gorgeous private courtyard… this is how the rich and famous used to (and still do!) live…
Lastly, we enjoyed local entertainment at a local restaurant, about as touristy as you can get and such a fun night!