Mountain View

Day 80- High Atlas Mountains and Travel to Marrakech

Today I did not feel well after I spent the night in the bathroom. I knew it was inevitable that one of us would get sick from something in Morocco, I just wish it would have hit after we left! We went downstairs for breakfast and all I could eat was a couple bites of Alexander’s yogurt. 

When we hit the road, I was still feeling ill, so Lahcen pulled over at a gas station and bought me a handful of cumin. He had me swallow about a tablespoon of it and then drink a bunch of water. Apparently it helps an upset stomach and diarrhea. I think it did help in that respect, but unfortunately it didn’t take away my intense nausea or icky sick feeling.  

After the gas station, our first stop was at the Rose City. I can’t actually remember the real name of the city, but it is known for the vast amount of roses its grows and its annual rose festival. Many of the villages we visited were known for a specific thing, and it’s easy to tell what that thing is by the sculptures they have in the middle of their round-abouts.

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Our second stop was at the cinema village of Ouarzazate. Many, many famous films have been shot here. To name a few: Gladiator, Sahara, Lawrence of Arabia, The Mummy, Jewel of the Nile, and scenes of the Bourne Ultimatum, Inception, and Game of Thrones. Almost everyone living in the village works with the movies whether it be hospitality for the cast and crew or actually being extras and crew members.  

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Lahcen dropped us off so we could walk around the old city through where different films took place. We even saw a small film crew working! Below is Alexander standing by the gate used in Gladiator!  

Lahcen dropped us off so we could walk around the old city through where different films took place. We even saw a small film crew working! Below is Alexander standing by the gate used in Gladiator!  

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After exploring, we ate lunch in the Ouarzazate. Since my stomach was upset, the waiter gave me a few bananas to take with me and eat in the car which was really nice! 

Then we got back in the car and drove through the High Atlas Mountains to Marrakech. We were surprised at how cold it was up in the mountains! I had a jacket and a scarf on, then again I am sick- Alexander said he was only a little chilly in his T-shirt. 

Along the way we stopped at several lookouts to see the magnificent views!  

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In the early evening we arrived in Marrakech where we had to say good bye to Lahcen. We checked into our riad, where we are the only people staying! 

While we were driving through the winding roads in the mountains with my stomach ache, I tried my hardest just to hold out until we got to our hotel. Once we arrived, I suddenly felt completely terrible. From the time I first laid down, I didn’t get up again until the next morning!  

Alexander even went down to dinner by himself (and since we are the only people at this hotel, he had the whole dinner staff to himself!) However, the cook and night manager were so kind as to bring me a tray with plain rice and a fruit cup and some cumin-water!