First night @ new homeJanuary 28, 2017 in Morocco ⋅ 🌙 11 °C
This is where I'll be sleeping for the coming four months in Rabat.
This is where I'll be sleeping for the coming four months in Rabat.
Still have a cough and not hungry but I made myself eat the fruit salad and yogurt on offer for breakfast.
Will is surprisingly chirpy considering he had 16 beers.
Bloody camel. Didn't even get drunk - I'd be in the hospital.
Anyway, cuddled Bruno and packed. I don't know why I cant fit stuff in my bag but I've put my sleeping bag back on the outside of my luggage because I was finding it just too difficult to stuff everything in.
We walked to the batha fountain and got in a taxi with another guy from our hostel.
So cheap!!! It was only 8 dirham. (80c)
Bought tickets for the next train with no issues and away we went.
We are in first class again because I am really hot and it has basic air conditioning 👍🏼
It's so dirty outside. Just rubbish after rubbish pile.
I know it's a poor country but it's still totally unacceptable.
It's realllllly bad.
We napped but I was so stressed we would miss our stop it was hardly a rest. I had a mini panic every 5 minutes lol.
Made it - had lunch then walked to the hostel.
I love Will.
I couldn't find the passports.
I basically said to him I felt like vomiting, I can't find them.
He kept me calm and wasn't angry and together we searched our bags.
I messaged the old hostel to check if they were there but we did find them. 👍🏼
I think my panic got in the way because they were in a different compartment than usual.
We checked in and sat upstairs and talked to some people - so many Germans in Morocco!
These 3 people left and were replaced with others.
Everyone is really nice.
We went out to dinner with 3 people from the hostel. They all leave for Fes tomorrow. It was a lovely resturant - they washed out hands when we entered and when we left. They also have ridiculous tea pouring skills. They hold the tea pot like over a meter away.
Rabat is already our favorite spot.
"Everyone" said it was rubbish but once again our opinions don't match.
It's cleaner, we haven't been hassled and it's not falling apart and yet has s feel of authenticity.
There are more cats though :(
I hate walking past the chicken shops - that have live chickens just waiting..
We chatted to more people at the hostel.
My cough is annoying, Will has a sad tummy, the hostel needs more toilets and power sockets.
Read some of my book - gotta finish it quick because book 5 of 'Lusam' came out today and I'm so keen!!!!Read more
Itchy from mozzies but other than that I slept ok. The call to prayer was so damn loud this morning though.
Cough was so bad so I took a cough tablet.
20 mins later I felt like I needed to throw up so I did... I though I was dying lol
My vomit was bright green -
After having a quick panic Will reminded me that the cough pill had a green coating.
So All g.
Sick of being sick. Haven't pooped since I last documented it - so it's like the 4th day? 😑😑😑😑
Walked to the beach. It was really smoggy.
We walked past this humongous cemetery and through a mini one which was so overgrown and covered in trash.
The waves were good on one side of the boardwalk and crap on the other. Most people were on the crap side which was probably the smarter option. I think there were hidden rocks on the other side.
We walked to the end of the boardwalk which had a barrier for waves to crash into and create splash.
It was nice but the smog made it hard to see.
Then walked to the medina/souks/ what ever the crap the main busy section is called for Will to eat some street food thing he saw last night. He bought it, didn't like it, threw it out so then we walked to maccas. Lol
Got on the internet and replied to dad about the turtle....such a stupid turtle. 🐢
They are cleaning the tank this weekend so the best of luck to them.
In the markets there were boxes of tortoises for sale.
Ok new medical disaster 😂😂😂😂
I have developed a cysts on my wrist. Google tells me its likely not cancerous 👍🏼
Just add it to the list - FYI I also have a big blister and a bleeding mozzie bite on my foot.
I had a 3 hour rest on a wooden bench downstairs because our bedroom is way too hot.
Will woke me up because he was getting angsty and wanted to go for a walk.
We headed for the Hassan tower - a mosque they started building in the 1100's but never finished.
I was in shorts which was a dumb move so we didn't linger cause it might have upset some people but we did go have a look.
Churches are just so much better.
The design was ugly.
We sat in the park nearby but got moved along. We aren't sure why but there were a lot of police about this evening - we think something to new with the Islamic new year still going on.
I really enjoy the radio towers they have around disguised as palm trees 😂
We wanted to cross the river so we caught a row boat for 25c each. Winning.
That was fun lol.
It took us to an obviously rich area where we had dinner.
For the first time in my life - I had a sip of coffee and liked it 😱😱😱😱😱😱😱
Will got 2 because it was so good.
I fed a cat all my pepperoni from my pizza. Hehehe
The sunset was beautiful! Unfortunately my phone couldn't properly capture it.
Everyone is blind - It's insane! Some of their eyes are seriously ducked up.
I'm surprised that more children aren't missing Fingers... their favourite game?
Dropping Fireworks in alleyways....
Really hurts the ears and scares the shit out of you...
Why you would go be a child a lighter.. ?
Have I mentioned the King reminds me of Lewis from
Read a lot of my book tonight.
Me and Will have swapped beds because he was too hot.Read more
Kept everyone up coughing 😏
Woke up with the intentions of going to a Hammam.
Reception told me yesterday they would take me -
What a bunch of geese. . 'staff' will be getting a low score on my review. They didn't know what I was waiting for... they eventually figured it out and took me to the hammam. Well, he tried to...
he had no idea where he was going and had to ask 5 different locals for help. I was so worried because he walked in complete circles that I wasn't going to find my way back because I left my phone in the hostel.
Eventually he found one but it was closed...... 🤦🏼♀️🤦🏼♀️🤦🏼♀️
It is their literal job to know these things.
They offer it as a service.....
He tried to make small talk as we walked back but I was not in the mood.
I'm back at the hostel now and I'm not sure if I still even want one. I would google myself if the damn hostel had internet..
Ok found one with a high rating on google so Will escorted me there.... my Hammam was by far my favourite and most ridiculous experience in Morocco.
Ok so I had to buy stuff at the door - a exfoliating glove, black soap stuff and 2 other bags I don't know what they were.
Went in and it was like a public swimming pool change room.
I had to remove all my clothes except my undies then go into the next room with my cleaner - she also got nude 😂😂😂😂😂😂
It was sort of like a steam room. Just a massive square tiles room with a bunch of naked woman in it washing.
They aren't shy with the water - taps were always running.
I just sat in the corner naked while my lady went somewhere - she came back 5 mins later with a bucket.
In the bucket she put the black soap and a green powder and made a paste. She rubbed it all over me - I then had to take my undies off for her to do my bum 🙊
She then took me into the next bus room which was slightly hotter.
I sat on the floor for 10 minutes in this goop watching other nude ladies wash.
I felt surprisingly unembarrassed. Seeing some of these woman gave me some real body confidence hahahah
Anyway waiting waiting waiting...
sweating sweating sweating..
she then came back and used hot water to wash it off me.
Her sign language skills weren't the best. She struggled to communicate with me what she wanted me to do.
I then got taken back into the 1st steam room where she then threw a bucket of water on the floor (which saturated my undies still lying there) to clean it and made me lie down on my stomach - and so began the scrub down..
she wasn't gentle.
I had heard from people that they were horrified by the amount of dead skin comes of them when getting a hammam so I purposely have been poor with my shower hygiene and my oh my... YUCK! Hahaha rolls and rolls of dead green skin.
You know when you run your hands together and you get the little green stuff ... like that only some where half as thick as a cigarette.
After she did my back etc I then rolled over my side then back then side again.
The ass, boob and inner thigh scrub were, errr, interesting.
I have never been so exposed.
Where she was scrubbing my boobs her face sweat was dripping onto me lol.
And her boobs were dancing everywhere hahaha oh god.
this was so bizarre.
She then washed the dead skin off.
I didn't need my hair washed so I didn't buy shampoo at the front but she must have though I just didn't know because she borrowed someone else's and washed my hair.
She then put the last of the little powder sachet things into a new bucket and made a other paste - this was suppose to be a massage I think?
It was more of a thorough rub down.
When doing my arm she basically placed her boob into my hand. Cute.
When doing my legs - she though the appropriate place to place my foot was between her boobs hahah
I had the giggles a few times
She also did my face which was too tame for my liking hahah
So very, very exposed.
She then washed me down again.
My undies were so wet but I had to put them back on to walk home.
I put all my clothes on and left.
I get to keep my glove woo ha
I hated the walk home. Because I was by myself I got called a whore a few times and a bitch too.
Got home and recounted my tale.
We sat around for a bit charging our phones before we loaded the maps and headed for the kings palace.
A 4km walk there and we couldn't even take a photo 😑 dudes with guns everywhere and you couldn't even cross the street to look.
So yeah a long walk to see a door.
We walked back to the hostel and chatted to our English friend for a while. Her name is Finnula which is super strange. As is she.. she is nice though :) #fbpals
We then headed out to watch the sunset In hope of the same beauty as yesterday- nope.
Crappy sunset but we did like sitting watching the water and people fishing.
We spend far to long watching and waiting to see if the waves would push 2 separated plastic bottles close enough to each other to touch.
Stupidly satisfying when then did finally touch.
Sitting on this wall was probably the nicest spot in Rabat/Morocco. (Excluding the waterfall)
Walked home - will went back out to get food for himself.
I bought my morocco magnet - it's of a door. All the other magnets had buildings and shit but I didn't know what the buildings were because they all look the same. 3 terra cotta mosques next to each other.. woo... pass.
I was in hysterics this evening... some girls came back from the Hammam and where losing their shit at the worker 😂😂😂😂
They were told it was a spa.
One chick kept going in and out of Spanish to get her point across.
I doubt this will read funny in year to come but on the off chance I remember (workers name is santiago)
" make sure you read the hostel review tomorrow.. it will read FUCK YOU SANTIAGO, lets go to a "spa" that will be nice, that will be fun *trails off into Spanish*
I was in my bed listening to her complain about how she felt like a tajine chicken in a pot... when she got her glove out to use as a prob I couldn't breath 😂
"Do you want a massage? " *pretends to rip skin off*
The over dramatic version and accent were just so so funny.
The American dude -Gedrick - has gone off with some other blokes to get one tonight. He had taken an extra 150 dirham to try convince a worker to try jerk one of the other guys off 😂😂😂😂😂
I may never see him again. He may go to jail.. 🤦🏼♀️😂
I asked him a question earlier but he couldn't see me and he was so startled.
He was like " man, don't do that! I'm so baked, I thought i was hearing voices"
I would like to get to know him more. I know he served in the air force for 8 years and served in Iraq - he Lives on a farm and lived in Japan. He just seems so interesting.
he is also the only person on my travels who makes their bed everyday. Evidence of Military training right there!
We are packed and ready to go.
I don't know if I am meant to check in to our flight or not but I have no internet so I can't check..
Let's hope not.
- A man kissed Wills arm in the street
- Will (& many others) had to pee in the shower because our hostel just didn't have available toilets
- lots of gum trees out and aboutRead more
what a <3 nice medina <3 in the capital!
You might also know this place by the following names:
Oued Bou Regreg, Abou Rakrak