journal indo-china 2008

Indo-China 2008 Travel Journal

Marrakech Medina

Oct 15, 2010 Fri
05:00Marrakech Medina
The taxi this time is 10 d, the taxi driver seems satisfied at whatever you give them, as long as it is more than they normally charge.
The same ride has been 10, 17, 30
09:30Koutoubia Mosque
Time seems to have stopped in the souq, characters covered in hooded robe staggered across the narrow alley.
Brass ware and silverware which has no practical modern use...
Tired old man riding on tired old bikes
no one invite her to visit their shops, not even the snake charmers would take a picture of her...

There must be more shops than all the shoppers in the world...
10:14Mouassine Mosque Gate
Mosque is closed
10:39Medersa Ben Youssef
3 mounments for 60d, better price
or else each cost 50d
11:55Museum of Marrakech
11:58Priere de ne pas toucher
Aziza Alaoui
Les Muses, 2008
12:02Yamou in the courtyard
12:06Lalla Essaydi
Les Femmes du Maroc, Revisited
12:16Mounir Fatmi
12:18Plat Tabsil
Forme Legerement
Plantes - Planetes 3
12:23Priere de ne pas Toucher
Mounir Fatmi

How Muslims depict Jesus
made of wires
12:42Lunch at Chez Abdelhy
Quite surprise they actually have vegetarian options
Price: 45d total
Simple but good
13:10la Qoubba Almoravid
The only reason people visit this site is because people bought the combo ticket
A chopped camel legs (or goats feet?)
14:00Kotoash Mosque
the guide is a jerk, he asked for 200d
Windows shape like a key because key to heaven
mosque is about 1000 years old
Like those in Granada and Seville
We are unhappy because we are trying to judge and doing a stupid job of it...
14:29Cyber Park
14:30Cat in Cyber Park
14:52Cyber park Internet Booth
14:54Ensemble Artisanal
15:00Walk About
15:33Orange Juice
only 4d, the most fairly priced in the world
15:53Medina Roof Top Cafe
Sitting above the Medina, enjoying my milkshake.... the milkshake is mostly milk...

So am I here a saver, giving the poor money and expected to be respected?

The Djemaa el-Fna in the afternoon, does the Djemaa el-Fna know what time it is? Medina is not just a concrete plaza. It is an organism of people, like micros, conglomerated in an open area.

The plaza is a mixture of stray cats and stranded backpackers

Is this medina real, or is my cubicle the true reality? Do I really exist here? Or eventually I have to return to the real world.

17:55:59 - The medina roof top cafe really don't care how long you stay, in fact, even when you ask for the bill, they don't seem to care and rather you stay a while...

Some musician dancing with a duck on his head...
16:48The donkey Man
Collecting garbage, only friend with stray cats
17:10Donkey man and his stray cat friends
The simple dinner turned out to be rather expensive.
Price: 80d, a tourist trap, avoid
It looks like the market is a place for tourist rip off, even for local Moroccans.
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