Beach; Sandstorm; Feral cats; The difficulty of planning Africa

A very lazy day today. Our big accomplishment was finding cheap beach towels in the morning. We spent most of the day on the beach, until a huge wind kicked up a sandstorm fierce enough to actually sting the skin, driving us indoors for lunch and a siesta brought on by too much cheap, watery Spanish beer. Beer’s very very cheap here - roughly €1 per liter in the shop for any of three decent brews - Cruzcampo, San Miguel, or my favourite Alhambra. How can you go wrong, really?

Afterward we went out walking again, and found a colony of twelve or fifteen feral cats living in the rocks of the breakwater. They were too wild to be friendly, but it was fun watching them, especially the half-dozen kittens. I nearly got one of them out of the rocks using my camera strap as bait, but it wasn’t to be.

Tomorrow will be the Picasso museum and more beach. A French girl told us that the beach at Torremolinos is much nicer, so we’ll take the half-hour bus ride out there and see for ourselves.

We’re having some trouble booking places to stay in Morocco. We’re planning to visit Fez and Marrakech, and Tangier because that’s where the ferry docks. But only the expensive hotels can be booked on the web. Our awful guidebook lists a few budget hotels, but only phone numbers for them. We’re going to have to play it by ear when we get there, which makes me a bit nervous - given Tangier’s reputation, I really don’t want to have to wander around in a heavy pack looking for a cheap hotel. Apparently it’s really only the port and ferry terminal that are the worst for hustlers and predators, though. Maybe once we get into town it will be better. It would be really nice to be able to leave our packs in Tarifa in Spain and take only small daypacks - thus making ourselves less of an obvious target and also making it a lot more pleasant to walk around finding a hotel. I’d really much have preferred to plan Morocco out beginning to end, but it doesn’t seem like that’s going to be possible. I’ll give it another try… mañana.

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June 21st, 2008

mmmm, morocco…wierd meat and corn.

¬ jeremy
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