Meet the locals
13.02.2008 - 14.02.2008 25 °C
Well the other day I was walking through the souks in Agadir, looking for cheap food. One of the local guides (Mohammed) comes to me and tries to lure me to a stall where he gets a commission. After I told him I was only looking for food stalls (turns out there aren't any in this souk) we got to talking and he invited me for tea and then for dinner. I accepted and we went to his place, where I met his roommates (Abd-Elrahman, Mohammed, and Hakim). It's quite incredible, he and the 3 other guys sleep, cook, eat and just live in a room about 3x5 m large. There's no window (just a hole that opens on the corridor outside) and of course no water. These 4 guys have been living here for years, working here and there when they like, just enough to survive! The youngest of them is 18 and has learned 2 professions. But he doesn't feel like working, so he does nothing the whole day. And they are all content with this system, one or the other bringing some money. It's a very great example of sharing and brotherly thinking. But my western mind just doesn't understand why they don't all work a litte more (which they could, they told me) and get out of this dump.
Anyway, they're great people; We had dinner that evening; a tadjine with vegetables, potatoes and meat. They put the meat pieces aside and at the end divided them into 5 more or less equal parts. Then the parts were distributed by chance. That was quite unexpected, I guess they don't eat meat a lot. They invited me for dinner for yesterday, too, and I also slept there (5 in that room, even in the army it was less crowded!). But it was fun, we had a great time. They told me so many times I was really welcome. I think they were really happy that I trustedf them with not slitting my throat to take my stuff.
I'm in Essaouira now. Here are some landscape picture I took in the bus betzeen Agadir and Essaouira:
This area is rather green, because it's along the coast. Inland it's quite similar to southern Spain, very dry. Only these special nut trees survive around here, there's a quite famous oil that they make from those nuts, but i don't remember the name. These trees survive temperatures up to 50 degrees Celsius, so they are quite an important factor in the fight against desertification.
9 people out of 10 told me not to go to Algeria. However the one that told me I could go said I would be fine because islamists respect the Swiss neutrality. I haven't made up my mind yet If I'll go or not.
Women: I learned it was fine for me to talk to them, as long as they're not married.
It's too cold to swim in the ocean.
It rained yesterday evening.
I usually brunch with some yoghourt, bread and fruits. In the evening I eat a harira or tadjine (a kind of vegetable soup with potatoes and meat) or some other thing that looks like it's nutritient rich. I still have to try couscous.