I have discovered my problem with finding information about how to travel from Morocco to Egypt by land, I am using or calling this the wrong name, and it should be called a Safari. Since I am in Africa, the word should change from backpacking to Safari, I would call it a Trek, but they always associate this with walking, and backpacking with mountains, so there is lots of word confusion.
In the end… The only correct word is TOURIST.
That will put a craw in some peoples necks, if I called their very expensive too rich for my blood Safari a Tourist Tour, and they paid thousands of dollars to get that word Adventure connected to their sitting around the campfire tourist tour. No fuss, no work, pay a lot of money and go tour…
Nevertheless, my research goes better on the internet when I use the Africa word SAFARI
I was told one time the word Safari is for those people that want to see Animals and ignore the people in the countries, so they go on Safari, and tourist may visit people, but I would assume as normal neither visit the people, they go to see building and animals and walk in the woods a.k.a. Jungle and try their best to avoid people unless the girls or boys are bonking with them. But to see the culture and mix, mingle, and do more than feel rich by buying trinkets made in China and sold everywhere in the world is not culture. However, they paid a lot of money so they call it Safari. I do want to see a Hippo, I am on number 4 Camel in my life, that was not trained to walk, and was really being used. I saw two pulling a plow along the road from Marrakech to Essaouirra.
VISA OR ENTRY STAMP
I am slicing and dicing this issue to death.
All I want to know on each country is…
1. ! Do I get the visa at the border or apply at the embassy before I leave Morocco?
2. Does Marrakech have consulates or do I need to return to Casablanca, or even worse to the Europe… !?
My worksheet pages I have made:
Map of trip
USA Visa Requirements
WORKSHEET PAGES ON HOBOTRAVELER.COM
Places on my site where I am bopping and booming adding and sub-categorizing information so eventually I can clearly explain how to move from country to country. I am very grateful I am from the USA or this visa crap could take years instead of months. Every country has a different requirement or visa according to the country, this means countries like Ecuador and Thailand have a very difficult time traveling, and if you are from Colombia they search your bag twice, and if you are from Iran, they check for bombs, and they should do all of this on a regular basis. Thank you, me they just check my wallet, see if Benjamin Franklin is there and dead president photos.
Visa or Entry Stamp
Border Cities NEW
ONE-KILO OF OLIVES
14 Dirhams or about one Dollar 40 cents for a Kilo of Olive, I was thinking Olives were heavy, and then decided to go for the one-half kilo. However, trust me it is not possible to eat one-half kilo of olives in a single sitting, or snack, as was my case. Olives and bread are some cheap foods of Morocco, the chicken I believe is expensive, but I am the tourist central of Essaouira, so who knows what is normal.
They do the chicken a little different here in the market, the chicken are life and you choose a chicken, they kill it, I assume scald the feather, then put in a machine the takes the feathers off. Normal chicken in market is already to go, and not that fresh.
Bread cost about 10 cents USA for a baguette like piece or a round type, with some type of heavy flour on the outside, the baguette long pieces are a lot better than the European type as they have more or a crusty flavor and less of that white bread taste. However, there are about four types of bread while Europe would have many, but of course at 10 times the cost. There are a bunch of sweet type breads, but closer to cookies, and do not tempt me so I have stayed away.
Eating here is a problem, unless I want to go sit down and be a tourist.
Shoes for sale in Essaouirra Morocco, maybe for tourist than for use, although they do use them a little.
Two photos of typical Morocco men along the road from the bus from Marrakech to Essaouirra
The homes around here are made of red bricks or clay bricks that I would assume they make next to the river and dry in the sun. This is called Adobe; it is a Spanish word for the clay or the brick. This type of brick is the worlds universal building material and not wood, wood is only used in the Jungle and maybe in the USA, but most of the world uses the clay brick, with the development of concrete or cement they started coating the bricks with cement, or aplastado the bricks, or splattering concrete on the bricks. But before the use of concrete they placed them together, stacked, or used clay to bind, maybe with straw, but nonetheless the point I am making there was a construction point where they went from not so good adobe bricks to a combination of adobe and cement,
Therefore, probably 99 percent of the really old stuff in this city is gone, as best I can observe. Now a lot of the Fort appears to be made with cut pieces of limestone or the coral like rock from the ocean with some form of cement. I think the present fort has had an adobe brown color added to the cement to make it appear the clay color, but I would guess it is fake clay in a way. Nevertheless, this is still a good representation of something that was real in the past, and they have not destroyed or altered for tourist so much that you cannot get the idea of what was here. The hard part about a tourist destination is to find the tourist attraction, or the real reason I should be here, not that anyone really cares, the tourist or me, I am just here.
8:42 AM Tuesday November 23, 2004
I just went outside my room to use the internet, because I am not positive what time the Internet Café opens, and I also am not positive my clock is set correctly, in my room, I venture out just hoping. The Internet Café is closed and the cleaning lady in the Internet café held up her hands.
I am quite sure she means 10:00 in the morning they will open, this is good, and the lady understand how to count, this is nice as I am having a lot of problems buying food, because the venders are not as smart as the cleaning lady. I go and buy something, I hold up my hand.
One finger up?
Points at the item I wish to purchase and shrug like a question mark.
Two fingers up?
They answer me in French.
English or Anglais
They tell me again in French, I want to raise my middle finger, but normally I just walk out better to do business with smarter vendors, but I have learned, NEVER NEVER NEVER give them money until you are 100 percent sure of the price. Make them type the price into the calculator and they hold the item you want to purchase in front of the calculator. They will take your money and give you less than you bargained for…!
This county is taking the champion position of the world so far in my being cheated in small ways countries. It is almost impossible to buy peanut here by the kilo because they cheat me, and I will not allow myself to be cheated. Guess this is a good way to cut down on the high calories peanuts, but frustrating.
(I do not allow myself to be cheated, or that will be the thing I remember most about the country.)
I purchase peanuts the first two times with no problems and for two Dirhams they gave me more raw type peanuts than I wanted to eat, then I go the next few times. Hold up two Dirhams, they take the money (The Mistake on my part) then try to give me almost none.
I have to have them show me the amount; I cannot trust them for peanuts. This is the first country where I have had trouble with the weighing of items for sale like fresh fruit, vegetables or what not. However, I am in the Medina area or old town part of Essaouira and this is TOURIST CENTRAL, and the venders in here are looking for a score with the tourist, and the French to me seem like good targets. As best I can tell 95 percent of the tourist in Morocco are French, maybe a few Germans, and a few tour groups, but most are French, the French look like they smoked one too many cigarettes.
I purchased one small round piece of bread.
I was pleasantly surprised when I gave the man my one Dirham.
The woman in the internet cafe spells it CHOKRAN
(... This is not normal here, or in the world to say thank you.)
I think he said, Thank you in Arabic, but I am not sure. Isabelle sent me many words in Arabic to learn, but I did not try, because the last thing I want them to think is I speak Arabic. I already have two people on my list of Foreigners that I want to smack that tried to speak Arabic and got us in lots of trouble in Basra Iraq, Chris and Peter, both start conversations, but could not finish them or even understand the question.
I think you need 500 words before you can speak or understand an answer, before that you need to keep it to hello, thank you, and good-bye, even how much can get you in trouble. I have them type the price on a calculator or write it down on paper.
FRENCH is the language though of business here in Morocco, this almost dooms this country to poverty on a world basis, as how are they going to sell to the world when they speak French. So just, learn some French and forget the Arabic.
COST OF MEDICINE IS ATROCIOUS
I have purchase small vitamins, or anti-biotic creams all over the world, and in most of the cheap countries these type of product are very cheap. I priced some creams and stuff yesterday and very high priced for a country as poor as this, I am hoping they are just gouging me because I am in the tourist area, because if they are not, then this is ridiculously high compared to South America or Southeast Asia.
But so are the clothes, they have them priced the same as the USA, the jacket I purchase for 110 Dirhams or 11 U.S. dollars is for sale in most countries for 4-5 dollar, and this was keeping me cold as I could not believe they would want that much, but now I am going to start really whacking them hard on negotiations as I think they lie and cheat so much, I must really use my negotiation skills, I do not like to negotiate, and only do it to buy, I do not do it for fun, when I first traveled I believe it was fun, now it is annoying, but here even when there is a price and I think the price is fair, I must make sure and negotiate, or the will nick me on the price.
The internet opened at 9:30 but I think they open when they want and not according to the clock.
There is a sign at the one entrance to the Medina or the old part of Essaouira City and it says that the French built this fort around the end of the 1800. It is very interesting, full of cannons, and such, with parapet walls, and arrow or gun holes in the sides. One of the best forts I have seen in my travels, although hard to see past all the restaurants and tourist crap to see what you are looking at, or try to understand. I think they totally moved one wall at the water entrance to accommodate or make a plaza area for tourist, as the walls of the city do not close; there is a huge hole in the one end.
I do not know what happened, but junk or spam went on to the blog and you may have received it in your email box.
I believe this happened by a blogger.com service which allows me to send an email to blogger.com and it will auto post. I sent a post this way yesterday and maybe this allowed a person to click reply and post. I am not sure, it could be blogger.com was hacked,
BUT I have removed this option or shut the option off.
I believe this has solved the problem
Andy HoboTraveler.com trying to type on French keyboard in Morocco
I read this about the Iraq war and thought; here is one man with common sense:
The unlimited enemy
I found the spot on this map, there are places south of Agadir, good it has got to get warm eventually if I go south.
Thanks Wannasurf.com and Chris
I learned in Arica, Chile about surfers and if you follow the surfers you can find the beach, maybe the bikinis.
ARICA CHILE SURFING
Read down the letter... it starts with:
“SURFINGS GOOD, Gives you something to do while traveling”