Friday, 22 May 2009

Rediscovered Morocco photos

As I brought my film scanner back with me from Australia, I have been busy scanning some of the many slides I have with me. (There are lots more stored in Australia though!!) As a result I have discovered a few forgotten Morocco photos that I took during my time living there. Here is a sample:

The dunes of Erg Chigaga

Countryside near Fes

Chefchaouen alley

Cafe Bouganinvillea in Marrakesh
Ben Youssef Medersa in Marrakesh (not sure about the colour of this photo though!!)

Friday, 8 May 2009

It's a small world

While I was in Australia, on my last evening in Melbourne I went to see the musical "Billy Elliot" at the insistence of my nephew who really wanted to see it. Talking to the lady sitting next to me who also happened to be visiting Melbourne and was from Alice Springs. When I happened to mention that I had lived in Morocco she then proceeded to tell me about her friend who had just got back from competing in the Marathon des Sables in Morocco.

For those who don't know, this ultra-marathon is a 6-day, 243 kilometre, endurance race through the Moroccan edge of the Sahara Desert. This year it ran from March 27th to April 6th. Not only are competitors expected to run up sand dunes across stone littered plains being pounded by the hot African sun, but they are expected to carry to their own food, sleeping gear and emergency equipmenton their backs while running. The runners also have water rationed out, about 1.5 litres per stage (not per day).

Hard as it is to believe, 770 people completed the race this year, with not surprisingly two Moroccans filling the first and second place. Only 800 are allowed to participate and hard as it is to believe, there is a waiting list!!!

Back to the Australian connection. Even after training in the Australian desert, my new friend's friend still found it incredibly difficult and the hardest thing he has ever done.

That's Morocco for you!

Here's a video to give you some idea!!

Saturday, 2 May 2009

Back again

Well I have booked my ticket to go back to Morocco and visit yet again. June 20th is the day I arrive and I am really looking forward to it, in part because it means there is only 7 weeks of work left before holidays. As a lot of people at work are moving on, it also means that it is only 7 weeks until I say goodbye to them! However, back in Morocco I will have the opportunity to catch up with friends there, do some sightseeing, rest and relax, hopefully take a trip to Spain, and I'm not sure what else. The main thing is that I have a ticket booked and I'm off.

I have recently become a Morocco Destination Expert on the Trip Advisor forum, so that keeps me well and truly in touch with and up to date with what is happening in Morocco. So Marrakesh and . . . . . . , her I come.