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    • Morocco Camel Trekking in Merzouga Desert , You need advice .?

      Morocco Mar 27, 2015 at 7:15 AM

      We started our Moroccan trip from Fes, after visiting the most important places, we left the Fes Medina mid-day to roam and explore the nouville, French for the new city part of Fes. Our bus was not departing till 9 at night so we had time to chill out in the city center. While the others went to re-up on some supplies, I stayed to watch the bags. A few kids came on bikes and I filmed them with my gopro. We quickly made friends despite the language barrier. They were eager to share their tricks for the camera. I gave them some graffiti stickers and share facebook information. Facebook, Everyone in Morocco has it.

      A few mint teas, coffees and getting lost, we found ourselves at the CTM bus station.. There was a German trio playing a guitar, where Thanecha immediately took to join. New friends were instantly made by the love for music, but we never knew how good of friends they would soon become. We had a nine hour, overnight bus ride to Rissani, a stop over to Merzouga, where the Sahara meets Morocco.

      After a long, sleepless and sometimes painful 9 hours, we arrived in Rissani, at 6am, before the sun broke the horizon. A man named Mohammed approached us and asked if we wanted some food and drink at his cafe, which he claimed was open, warm and just down the street. It sounded good to us as the Germans joined us. Immediately, this man gave some negative vibes, one of those gut feelings you get when you know something is not right.

      His cafe, Panorama Cafe, was not open or even his and took 10 minutes for someone to unlock it. I called him out on it, and he was quick to be on defense. "Why would I lie to you, my friend?" I dismissed him as we entered with the Germans.

      One of the German girl's boyfriend was coming from Merzouga to come get them, so they hung out with us until then. Mohammed's odd demeanor continued, as he pushed his services on me. I repeatedly said I had an excursion booked and I did not need his assistance in getting to Merzouga. All I or anyone of my group was interested was some tea and coffee. He persisted and was desperate, showing me pictures and videos of his resort and 4x4. He exclaimed that the boyfriend coming to pick them up was total BS because it took jobs away. He mumbled on in Arabic as we figured him out. He knew we figured him out and called his friends to come to his rescue.

      He offered all sorts of BS answers to our questions, and would shout Africa! or USA USA! AMERICA!!! when he didnt know what to say. He eventually brought out tea for all of us, when Ryan said, I am not drinking anything this man gives us. Apparently Mohammed touched a member of our group inappropriately up on the roof terrace moments before. When the tea came out, he switched Thanechas cup with another. It was deliberate and we saw it. Something is going on and not in a good way. His desperation continues as we fight off his advances.

      Finally having enough, we all left to wait with the Germans outside, as their ride was near by. We walked down the road back towards the bus stop, where he gets in his 4x4 chases us, threatening to call the police if we catch a ride with the Germans. We had no intentions to catch a ride with them, it was just an alibi. Just then, a big blue caravan appears around the corner, to the jumping Germans delight and Mohammed's despair. By now he was yelling at us to take his offer, yet we continue to thank him and refuse while walking away. He calls his friend to come help him not let this caravan get away by boxing it in, one car in the front and Mohammed in the back. We attempted to block his efforts to block the caravan by standing in front of his car, almost running over Ryan and Thanecha in the process. He was literally pressing the gas with two people in front of him. He threatened to call the police on us and the Germans if we got in. Tempers were high as shouting matches began, in the middle of town. What is going on?

      The Germans get in drove off leaving us trying to find a taxi, which apparently can only be found in front of his cafe. There is no way that was going to happen. We continue to walk in the opposite direction, repeatedly getting out of his car, claiming he is sorry and asks for forgiveness. By now, everyone in our group is just as hostile, all shouting at him to just leave us alone. I remained calm, thanked him and explained that there was no way we would be accepting any services from him. We walked down another street as far away as possible, cooling our tempers in the process. Did we just screw ourselves? He is probably in cahoots with every cab here, how are we getting to Merzouga?

      About a kilometer down the road, around the bend and out of sight of his cafe, the blue caravan appears. The Germans! They circled back around town unbeknownst to everyone in town, including ourselves. They quickly turned the caravan around and tell us to get in, and make it quick!

      We frantically pile in, lay on the floor in a small space, and drove away. These people were searching for us and came to our rescue. I can't thank them enough.

      We escaped to Merzouga and was greeted with massive sand dunes as soon as we stepped out from the big blue steed.

      After saying bye to our German saviors, we walked over to the hotel next door. At the gate, I saw a young man who looked like he just woke up, but he looked familiar, "Hassan Mouhou?" I asked. "Yeah," he replied. He looked just like the avatar he had on the emails we had exchanged earlier in the year. Short curly black hair, a young round friendly face and dark olive skin colored by the desert sun. I booked a camel excursion through his company ( Morocco Excursions Company => www.Morocco-Excursion.com) ------ (and they come highly recommended as you will read why). We exchanged hellos and he brought us the traditional Berber whiskey (tea - sans the alcohol) out on the sky terrace of the hotel. Hassan was very welcoming and just wanted to hang out, which caught me by surprise. He didn't try to push anything on us or sell us more junk, he just want to talk story and show us a good time. He even knew of Mr. Mohammed from Rissani. He showed us around Center of Merzouga just for fun until he had to prepare for our desert excursion.

      After a light meal, we returned to the hotel packed our bags and went out back to the hotel. There sat eight, single-humped dromedaries, snorting and farting away, ready to trek to camp. I know this is about as touristy as it gets, but hopping on one of those living desert cars and headed towards nothing but orange sand, lit by the low desert sun was surreal. Our former nomad guides, Youssef and Said, lead us and the camels by foot, towards the dunes. Our mini caravan of 6 camels trekked over 7km, across dunes as far as the eye could see. Some dunes were taller than 300 meters, simply incredible. None of us could get over the fact that we were riding dromedaries, into the Saharan desert, in Africa, on Christmas eve.

      Our guides dropped us off at a tall dune just short of camp, leaving us to hike to the top to catch our first Saharan sunset. It felt like we were children again, running up and down the dunes, laughter drifting in the quiet desert air. Was this really happening? We were in the Sahara Desert! After an obligatory mini photo shoot, we dug in and sat on the edge of a sand dune, boots off and toes in the sand, and watched the sun disappear in the distance. Perfect, simply perfect.

      Christmas night was even better. Camp was full, nearly 25 total fellow tourist, some of them wasted, singing and dancing around the fire. It was amazing to say the least. People from all over the world all having a good time around the camp fire in the Sahara. The Berber nomads encouraged every one to join in, all while having an even better time themselves. We danced and sang the night away, with drums and even a guitar for Thanecha. When our turn to sing a song came up, we rapped the fresh prince of Bellair, naturally. All the English speakers joined in about a story all about how my life got twisted upside down.... We told jokes and riddles again, under the stars that seemed to be so bright that they could cast shadows. We partied the night away, having the time our of lives. Not your typical Christmas, but definitely one to remember.

      You can read more about our Moroccan experience by visiting our blog : http://www.marcuscoania.com/blog/

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    • Tattoos in Marrakesh

      Morocco Apr 8, 2015 at 5:15 PM

      My partner and I are planning to travel to Marrakesh next week and I was wondering what the social attitude is like towards piercings and tattoos? He has a sleeve of Christian icons so im expecting that it should be covered in respect of the predominantly Islamic culture there but in terms of neck tattoos (of flowers so quite inoffensive) and tattoos and piercings on women, would these be frowned on?

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    • budget hotel

      Marrakesh Mar 27, 2015 at 8:24 AM

      Does anyone know a clean budget hotel like Ryad mogador at bab doukkala. Just for nice breakfast. It must be placed safely for late night returning and not in the spooky Medina.i say bab doukala because its twixt guelis and la place jemma el fynaa.

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    • Good budget hotel

      Marrakesh Mar 27, 2015 at 1:38 AM

      Can you tell me of a well placed clean budget hotel just for breakfast. I have found Ryad Mogador at bab doukkala very good as it's twixt gueliz and la place - jemma el fyna. Please not a hotel/riad in Medina as it's scary at 4am in the dark.

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    • Living in Marrakesh

      Marrakesh Apr 10, 2015 at 12:37 PM

      Hi everyone
      I was offered a job in Marrakesh and I'm seriously thinking to move there from London. I'm gonna go by myself.
      I've never been there before and unfortunately I'm not gonna be able to visit the country before I accept the job
      What do you think are the most important thinks I need to know about how is living there?
      Thanks

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    • Any positive views of Marrakech?

      Marrakesh Apr 6, 2015 at 4:04 PM

      Just wondering after reading all the comments on the warning tips, if Marrakech is really the place I want to go to, I am due to leave on 28/04/15 but am thinking am I better to stay at home? No one seems to have a good word to say about it!

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    Near Rabat

    • Al Nour Mosque Casabalanca

      by amico_it Online Now Oct 19, 2014 at 5:50 PM

      We will come from Rabat to Casablanca, I want to ask which Train station we have to get down and how we can reach Al Nour Mosque rue al worod beausejour, Casablanca ?
      Thanks in advance

      4 Answers Nov 14, 2014 at 9:02 AM
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      Comparison to the cities

      by crystalman Online Now Dec 27, 2013 at 8:02 AM

      İ want to move to Morocco. İ have a idea with Agadir, Casablanca, and Rabat but i cant reach a decision.Which is best for livable?

      4 Answers Dec 28, 2013 at 9:34 AM
    • Hotel near the Airport

      by parthtkalyan Online Now Aug 9, 2013 at 6:00 AM

      Planning my visit to Rabat in the last week of October. Can anyone suggest a good hotel near the international hotel along-with a few useful tips?

      2 Answers Aug 9, 2013 at 7:02 AM
    • looking for accommodation in Rabat

      by christopher2014 Online Now Apr 14, 2013 at 5:08 AM

      Hi, I am moving to rabat next week and would like to rent an appartment in Agdal. Could you please tell me what the price would be for a duration of 2 months (2 or 3 bedrooms)

      3 Answers Aug 19, 2013 at 5:48 AM
    • Rabat's Shelter

      by Saliha_10 Online Now Mar 10, 2013 at 9:24 AM

      What kind of shelter do generally people live in Rabat, Morocco?

      1 Answer Sep 8, 2013 at 11:24 PM
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      American Coming to Rabat, Morocco

      by MarkEStevens Online Now Oct 13, 2012 at 7:16 AM

      I am a English only speaking American considering a 3 month project located in Rabat Morocco. I have read alarming safety postings on the US State Department website, but have read similar postings for other locations in the world that I have worked with no issues, so do not want to rely only on that information.

      I would appreciate advise from other expats that have experience working or visiting Morocco regarding safety for Americans working there.

      Thank You

      8 Answers Mar 18, 2013 at 1:42 PM
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      Train from Casa Port to Rabat

      by Jeanlyon Online Now May 8, 2012 at 3:25 AM

      Hi, we are visiting Morocco on a cruise ship and would like to go to Rabat on our own. Would anyone advise us not to do this? The train looks good. How far is everywhere to walk once we get off the train?

      3 Answers May 27, 2012 at 11:43 AM
    • Day trip

      by Lstiles09 Online Now Nov 23, 2011 at 7:57 AM

      Where are some good places to go on a day trip from Rabat? I'm interested in going east, or inland from the coast. Thank you!

      4 Answers Nov 24, 2011 at 12:14 PM
    • Cost of living in Rabat...

      by Markusss Online Now Oct 27, 2010 at 11:12 AM

      Hello everybody, I have a specific question about the cost of living in Rabat, well, actually two questions (but might have a few more in some weeks:P): Is it possible to live properly in Rabat with 3,100 US$ per month? That would be (more or less) 24,922 or 25,000 Dirhams.
      My second question is about renting a flat in Rabat (Agdal or Souissi). What can I find if I'm expecting to pay about 800 to 950 USD per month? Can anybody help?
      Thank you guys!

      2 Answers Apr 22, 2011 at 3:48 PM
    • Help With Electronics, Please!

      by inrabat Online Now Jun 30, 2010 at 8:39 AM

      My computer cable has died for my Macbook, and I need to get a new one. No idea where to go,and if at all possible, an english speaking one would be great! If not, I have a french-speaker I can bring along-worst case scenario. Would appreciate ANY help. thanks!

      3 Answers Jul 8, 2010 at 2:20 PM
    • Need advice on transportation from Casablanca airport to Rabat

      by nboyars Online Now Jun 6, 2010 at 7:15 PM

      We are traveling to Morocco October 23 to join an organized tour that will begin at hotel La Tour Hassan. We will be arriving by air at the Casablanca airport. What would be the best way (that is, easiest and most effortless -- we will be tired from the flight) to get from the Casablanca airport to the hotel La Tour Hassan in Rabat? Would the hotel arrange transportation for us? How would we get in touch with the hotel? Their website doesn't seem to be operational

      Thanks!

      1 Answer Jun 6, 2010 at 7:37 PM
    • Créche / Nursery in Rabat for our baby - Can anyone help?

      by juliagg Online Now Apr 14, 2010 at 3:11 PM

      Hi, I am moving to Rabat due to a job offer my partner and I have had and wondering if anyone knows of a good Créche / Nursery for our 15 month old girl in the Agdal or Hassan area?

      If anyone can help with a name or at least a rough idea of what it can cost monthly I woudl greatly appreciate it.

      Thanks
      J

      2 Answers Apr 18, 2010 at 4:28 AM
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      The price for fuel since march 2010

      by antonio1 Online Now Mar 17, 2010 at 4:56 PM

      Can you please help me giving the price for fuel, especially benzin and diesel. What's the price per liter in dirhan and euro?

      thank you,

      1 Answer Apr 18, 2010 at 2:51 AM
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      Live for a while in Rabat

      by antonio1 Online Now Mar 16, 2010 at 9:02 AM

      Hi to everybody,

      tourist in Rabat or local people. I'd like to know more about Rabat, so I have some questions for this time living in Rabat. How can you rent an appartment for 2 months in Rabat, a small one or studio, something with a room and bathroom and kitchen for cooking? What is average price? Is it possible to find it with internet connection?

      Another question is about spending time and money in Rabat, how most tourist are doing, having cash with them or paying by credit card most of the things? Is it any supermarket with posibility to pay by credit card?

      Any things about life in Rabat, will help me.

      thank you,
      Antonio

      2 Answers Apr 18, 2010 at 3:12 AM
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      Train from Casablanca to Rabat

      by hshifan Online Now Oct 22, 2009 at 4:45 AM

      I would like to know if there is any train from Casablanca to Rabat? how many hours it takes? how often is the train? how much it would cost?

      I will be traveling with my wife who is 5 month pregnant and will the train be comfortable for her.

      4 Answers Oct 22, 2009 at 3:13 PM
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      Morocco Visa Extension

      by hshifan Online Now Oct 21, 2009 at 5:35 AM

      I will be coming to Rabat hopefully by Nov-09 for 03 months and would like to know if I can extend my visa after the 03 month period without leaving the country.

      4 Answers Oct 22, 2009 at 5:50 AM
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      flooding in Rabat

      by Deneen1 Online Now Sep 16, 2009 at 8:33 AM

      I am wondering how extensive the damage is from the flooding in Rabat yesterday? I just saw this on the news. Were there any injuries or fatalities?
      We are due to arrive in Rabat on Sept 24, but we could come back through on our way back to Marrakech if it's not a good idea to arrive then, or even not at all.
      Here most places with a natural disaster do not want tourists in the way.

      1 Answer Sep 16, 2009 at 11:31 AM
    • International Research Student

      by hogie824 Online Now Mar 28, 2009 at 9:16 AM

      Hi,

      I would really like to have some advice on living conditions for a student traveling to rabat and living there for a month - I am traveling on a tight budget and am willing to stay very cheap. Rabat will be my homebase city as I conduct my research all across Morocco, and then return to Rabat to compile my information. Any tips are greatly appreciated...

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      Donations

      by geojean Online Now Sep 30, 2008 at 12:20 PM

      Hello,

      I'm visiting Morocco next year and would like to dontate children's clothing, school supplies etc. to an orpanage or any school that needs them. Can anyone give me any local organizations names thatI can contact and find out what they need. Im visiting the major towns, Marakesh, Rabat, Fes. Thank you for your help

      9 Answers Sep 23, 2009 at 10:24 PM
    • Casablanca to Rabat

      by donner1947 Online Now Aug 10, 2008 at 6:01 PM

      Thanks for the tip on getting from Casablanca to Rabat, especially to pay for First Class seating. Do you know if you can get from the airport to the train station without much difficulty?

      1 Answer Aug 11, 2008 at 10:27 AM
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      Go to Fridays on Friday

      by jayjayc Online Now Jul 18, 2008 at 4:15 AM

      Can anyone tell me which street TGI Fridays in Rabat is located? I spotted it one time on my way home, and the taxi driver got a tounge twister using english language so, I did not bother to ask.

      Please let me know the street name in french, or any landmarks near the resto bar that I could mention to taxi drivers for them to understnd me.

      Cheers!

      2 Answers Jul 21, 2008 at 3:15 AM
    • Studying Arabic in Morocco?

      by Tmac3565 Online Now Mar 24, 2008 at 6:50 PM

      I am a college student interested in learning Arabic. By summertime, I will have completed 2 semesters of Arabic. I am extremely interested in continuing my learning of Arabic over the summer, and I was wondering where the best place to learn the language would be. Some things that are of importance to me are: quality of instruction, location of the school, and activities outside of the school. Since I am going alone, I want to study somewhere where I won't feel secluded or outside of society. Also, scenery is of great importance. All things considered, where would you guys recommend studying Arabic? (I want to study for a period of about 2 months...I'm not sure if that changes anything). ( I know I posted this about a month ago in the Sousse and Damascus forum; however, those are no longer options.)

      7 Answers Apr 5, 2008 at 12:26 PM
    • Expat Housing/Life with an American Dog in Rabat

      by expatlawyer Online Now Jan 7, 2008 at 8:42 AM

      We are considering a job posting that would take us to Rabat and wanted to inquire as to the dog-friendliness of this city. We would need a house with a yard. Do expats generally bring dogs to Morocco? Are there places to walk dogs in Rabat? I have read a lot about stray dogs and am worried.

      Thanks!!

      4 Answers Jun 12, 2008 at 12:33 PM
    • Staying at Riads

      by fogcitymom Online Now Dec 10, 2007 at 2:17 PM

      Would appreciate information about facilities in Rabat riads: Dar Al Batoul, or Riad Oudaya, or Riad Kasbah...western toilets en suite? showers ensuite? As a traveling grandma with old knees, these are important considerations. Any info greatly appreciated!

      2 Answers Dec 11, 2007 at 1:11 AM
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      Can anyone recommend a nice hotel in Rabat

      by JJ1 Online Now Dec 1, 2007 at 9:20 AM

      I have just one night in Rabat. Can anyone recommend a nice hotel - friendly, clean, central and with character?

      Thanks all
      JJ1

      5 Answers Dec 9, 2007 at 4:49 PM
    • any one can post some bars and pubs\s information

      by chinesemorocco Online Now Nov 12, 2007 at 2:25 AM

      i mean the address , bar or pub's name, telephone, |

      1 Answer Nov 12, 2007 at 8:04 PM
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      Currency Exchange Morocco Dirhams

      by photoangela75 Online Now Oct 26, 2007 at 2:32 PM

      Hi there all....I hope that you can help me out...
      I am going to Morocco here in 3 weeks. I checked through my bank and was suprised by the fee they charged me on the dollar to exchange from American Dollars...to Morocan Dirhams. I just read on the Morocco Embassay Website that there is no commision there in Morocco to exchange my money....is this true?

      Would I get the most for my money to do my currency exchange there in Morocco as aposed to at my local bank?

      Thanks soooo Much....Angela

      5 Answers Oct 27, 2007 at 7:08 AM
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      Moving to Rabat in 2 weeks- HELP!

      by isabella_alexander Online Now Sep 10, 2007 at 7:30 AM

      I have the choice between staying in either Des Orangers or Oudaya when I arrive in Rabat, but I know absolutely nothing about either town. Could someone please tell me a little about the two places?

      Thank you!

      2 Answers Oct 31, 2007 at 4:59 AM
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      do you know?

      by jayjayc Online Now Aug 17, 2007 at 12:22 AM

      Anyone help regarding which electric voltage does Rabat have? (e.g. 220)

      3 Answers Aug 27, 2007 at 2:40 PM
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      Moving to Rabat...

      by isabella_alexander Online Now Aug 15, 2007 at 7:49 PM

      I am moving to Rabat on October 1, and I am wondering how I should go about finding an apartment there. I will be living in the city for 10 months, and would consider renting either a private studio apartment or a private room in someone's home. Any advice that you may have would be greatly appreciated!

      1 Answer Aug 15, 2007 at 8:12 PM