Another really rainy day

Still sick, still tired. I followed Ashka and Thomas out into the medina for a bit, before going back to sleep for a couple of hours.
I had left my door a little bit open to get more warm air in, and suddenly I woke up by someone knocking on my door. Another bike tourer, who happened to see my biking bags through the door!
We agreed on meeting later, and I went to sleep again.
I slept a bit more, and watched a movie as I could not find Andrew, the bike tourer. After the movie, just as I was going out, he knocked at my door again. We talked about earlier adventures, and future plans, and after some talk over dinner we decided to bike together for at least a couple of days, over the pass. Nice not to have to bike alone!

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Time to get sick

I woke up, feeling sick. Feverish and a little bit like a cold, without any energy in my body. Could probably be because I haven’t slept much (been watching series), and the weather doesn’t exactly help.
I went up at twelve, and ate some breakfast. I then went out with the polish guys and I found another, smaller scarf I really liked and would be more suitable for the biking part, so now I have started collecting scarfs!
They were going to the tanning colouring place, but as I felt dead, I went back to the hotel. I ate bizarra on the way as I think soup will be good against the cold.
Back at the hotel, I talked with two Germans. They were also really nice. While talking with them, I spotted a bag at the pair sitting in the corner… I went over and asked, and yupp, they were biking from France to South Africa! Really cool.
Later in the evening, sitting tucked up in the sofa with some blankets, I heard some french guys saying “BRAVO!” I really recognised the way the said it, and asked if they had been in Tetouan. I then asked if they had been at Hotel Africa, and they had! Tha Bravo guy (Nordin) really is famous!
I continued sitting and talking with the Germans, with the only movement really being when I went out to buy two breads for the awesome salad they made, and treated me. It was good to eat something else, and also something that really seemed healthy overall.
In the evening, I finally watched he ending of the series, and now I can maybe sleep more!

Circle day

I decided to stay another day, and wanted to find the military museum here. Trip advisor had a map, which apparently didn’t point out the museum, and suddenly I had wandered in a circle and I was back at the hotel.
At the hotel I met two polish people who had arrived this morning. Ashka and Thomas had a small vacation here in Morocco and was going to stay in Fes for two nights before going home.
They decided to join to the museum, and at the way up there we found a cool spot we decided to walk out on.

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The museum was closed during mid day, so we continued walking, saw a cemetery, saw some leather drying, went back into the Medina to buy food and ended up on the hotel street again. Second time today I have been walking in a circle!

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After leaving some stuff at the hotel we had tea (and coffee) time before heading out again. The original plan was to go straight to the museum, but as we passed by the hotel we decided to take a pause.

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We went out again, and the museum was nice. It was apparently forbidden to take photos in there, but I got one at least.

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On the way back, the sun was close to set. The city really looked beautiful from up there!

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After more food, I decided to buy a scarf as my next stop is the desert. I found a red one with darker ends which I really liked. Ashka also taught me how to put it on as they do in the desert.
I ended the night with more series and some nougat!

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Hamam!

As I had lived here two nights, I thought I would be able haggle the price down a bit on a room. I also wanted to get inside because of the cold, and to be able to spread my stuff out.
I asked about a cheap room, and the small room were available for 50 dirham (40 for the terrace) so that felt like a no-brainer!

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Small, but it is a room!

During the morning I spoke in the phone for a while, and made some adventure plans with Jakob for 2015. I will probably join up on some 4×4 car-adventure through Kyrgyzstan-Kazakstan-Siberia for a couple of weeks in the summer!
I made more walking adventures, and found a good place to buy bath things for the hamam. I both “black soap”, a exfoliating glove and some argan oil.

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I bought some dinner at my favourite place. The guy is named Omar, and he makes sandwiches stuffed with with you choose (potato, egg, sauce and spice for me). Now, I don’t even have to order, as he knows what I want, and I just have to walk up to him and wait. We can’t speak because of the language barrier, but it is nice anyway!

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I went on more exploring and found a market really close to my hotel, where they as usual sold everything from fruit to jeans.

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In the evening I went to a hamam, a Turkish bath. I paid for “all inclusive”, including massage, for a total of 70 dirham.
It started with getting to the hot room, and getting some buckets of water over me. Then, the man (I really had to do nothing by myself) gave me a sort of stretching massage. After that, I got soaped in (I still didn’t have to do anything) and sat for a few minutes before he started scrubbing my body. Tons of dead skin were scrubbed off, and after that, a few more buckets of water. Some clay shampoo in the hair, waiting some more minutes and then some more buckets of water before done. I guess it all took about 45 minutes, and the only thing I did by myself was the shampoo, as he filled the buckets and everything. It was a really nice experience (even though I guess some people can feel weird when another person is putting soap and scrubbing your body while you both are in your underwear, but it is common here).
After that, I felt really relaxed!

Sending some stuff home

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When I woke up, I started with ordering a tea from Roshid. Delivered to the bed is really good!
Then, it was time to wash my clothes, as you never now when you will have the chance next time!

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I went out, bought food and checked the rates to send things home. Later, I went out again for more food, and also got a button sewed back on my shirt!
During my random wandering, I saw a Tilley-hat! The owner was Terry, a man from Canada, here on vacation with Helen (who also owned a Tilley hat). I had a nice chat with them before continuing.
I then biked to UPS to send home some stuff. I forgot my passport so halfway there I had to get back and retrieve it.

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I sent home two carpets, a solar panel, one t-shirt, one pair of biking shirts, a pair of socks, three pair of underwear, one knee protector and some other small stuff. I sent it in my back pack, a total of 4.5 kilos, and in that way I freed up space on the back rack. Thanks to that, I can move back my tent, which will make the handling of the bike easier.
It was a real hassle at the UPS office though, as they had some “new procedures”. After two hours my things were more or less on the way, though!
I got a tip about a bike shop, so I went there in the way back. 70 dirham for pedals+montage (=almost nothing). Too bad they broke after 20 metres, and as I told him to change back (“No, I don’t want another pair of this crappy pedals!”) he gave me 50 back (because of “montage cost”). I guess I will stick with my plastic pedals.
I came back to the “Blue Gate” (which is actually green from the inside) and the hotel close to sunset.

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I went out for dinner, and I got the offer to eat a full menu at a restaurant close to the hotel for 40 dirham instead of 70. I had talked with him a few times before as he saw me coming with the bike, and had promised me a good price, and I think the price was fair! At the restaurant I met an Italian and an English living in Barcelona which I chatted with during the dinner.
Back at the hotel, there were five more people going to live at the terrace, so I was not alone out there anymore.

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Restaurant kitchen to the left, sleeping corner to the right

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Sleeping corner to the left,
bike to the right

When the rain hurts

In the morning, we went for another tour around the city, and I took the chance to take some photos!
My bed (even though I had a blanket),

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My shower from last night

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which was now a work place,

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The view, with a mountain lake

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And me and Alemir!

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The school on the right

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and their standard help when moving stuff from A to B!

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After eating some breakfast I started again. The wind was really strong, and as the road went in all directions I soon had headwind. Pushing in 8 km/h while the rain hurts your face is not fun, and I seriously started thinking of hailing a taxi. I am too proud though, so I continued pushing in the 18 m/s wind, according to Internet.
Soon, I had taken 9 out of 43 kilometres, and also the road went more to the north, meaning tailwind. It started feeling doable, and so I continued pushing. It felt nice and actually went pretty good considering the weather, but suddenly the signs changed. Instead of 12 kilometres left, I suddenly had the double, 24! I didn’t let myself down of this, and the road were actually pretty flat, with the wind a little bit in my favour!
After asking my way to the Blue Gate, I started looking for a hotel. I knew the rooms would be pretty expensive, and had a hard time finding anything under 100 even for the shittiest. In the end I settled for 40 dirham for living on the terrace – at least I had a roof over my head for a cheap price!
I went out to eat, and ate more snail soup, and also bread stuffed with potato, egg and some sauce. I also met some nice people I chatted with for a while.
As I wanted tea I tried to find a good place. Most places here were 10 dirham, but I managed to find a place that I could bargain it down to 5. I spoke some more with the people at this place, before going back to the hotel and sleep on the terrace!