from the middle to one end
23.05.2007 - 24.05.2007 27 °C
Woke up at 8am, got ready, got my stuff together, went to the internet café, stopping before at the local shop for some bread and water.
Checked emails, wrote some, made a couple of phonecalls and started to decide on changing the route for my future days.
This is what it has become:
After finding out that the Festival des Musique du Desert was at Merzouga, I took the opportunity of what are the most beautiful dunes in Morocco: Erg Chebbi.
I found out my way to get there: bus at 10pm that will leave me near the dunes at 6am. I called the place where I'm at right now, Kasbah Panorama, and reserved the room.
I still had a day ahead. I was supposed to see the sacred city of Moulay Idriss and the ancient roman town of Volubilis.
And so I did. I find my way in a shared taxi (after leaving my bag locked up in the hotel office, thanks to the very friendly receptionist), and I payed only 10Dh to get to Moulay Idriss. I knew that Volubilis was close (4.5km) so after seeing the beautiful town and kind of easy plunging into it,
I started the amazing trek.
The Mausoleum of Moulay Idriss is something very important in Morocco and it is said that 5 times there account for once in Mecca.
On my walk I was absolutely taken by the sorroundings, it seemed like I was walking in Tuscany, the vegetation and air were exactly the same..so where the mountains.
I arrived 30 minutes later to the Volubilis, it was mindblowing to see such structures in the middle of Morocco..two very far apart worlds, just minutes away. I would tell you a lot more but I have to go, because I hear some music far away and it is the Festival du Desert which I came all the way here to see.
On the way back I basically was picked up by a very friendly taxi driver who drove me back into Meknés for just 15DH.
We talked and shared some stories until I was already getting out of the taxi.
I just waited around, watched the AC Milan - Liverpool game with a Canadian dude and then left to the bus station. (Campioni del Mondo e Campioni d'Europa!!)
The bus took off and I was on the way to the dunes.
A long time after (8hrs laterr) I got off the bus, had to deal with some hustlers and was hassled for like 10 minutes until I was able to talk them out of my sight. With smiles and nos it happened.
I saw a hill and a Kasbah on top. I knew that was my place for the night. 20 Dh and half-an-hour later I was on the roof, sipping on a tea talking to Youssef the manager; he was showing me glourious pictures of his marvelous expeditions -and trust me, over 100 trips into the desert, all of them were marvelous. They built the Kasbah on that hill, his Berber family's property, and it took them two years.
I relaxed and decided to find an internet place just to solve some stuff with my worried and stranded in London girlfriend, my only love.
They lent me a bike and I battled against the high winds on the difficult volcanic terrain; I must have eaten a lot of sand, because my mouth still tastes like it.
I came back to the Kasbah and ran into so many kids saying hello and waving and running after the bike. just like in those american movies when they go to Africa. Just that this is completely real, and it feels like a dream. A very beautiful dream.
Well here is the village of Merzouga as seen from Kasbah Panorama.
Oh by the way, from my window I can see the village of Hassi Labied with the backdrop the "official Morrocan beaches" as Youssef says, the dunes of Erg Chebbi.
A big hug to everyone, hope everything is fine,
until the next one, insha'llah