Written by Lady MacLeod from Braveheart Does the Maghreb
I looked straight up and all I could see was rock, pinkish rock with sides so smooth it looked like a carving. The walls shoot up 300 meters of brown limestone and I could feel the heat of the day locked in the rock and pulsing outward. The wind coming off the water carrying the spray was cooling me like a fan. It was after two, the sun had passed overhead and the temperature had plummeted like a rock. I was actually shivering. After having spent the day feeling like a piece of chocolate melting and leaking out the sides of the packaging, it was bliss. “Feeling better are you?”
“Mercy yes. I'm afraid I don’t do well in the heat,” I said as I stood there still dripping and wiping my face with his kerchief.
“That really begs the question of why you have decided to stay in
‘Many reasons not the least of which is that I love the people here,” I said feeling decidedly cooler and more articulate. I think my powers of verbalization decrease as the temperature increases. I bent down in a squat and rinsed my arms and neck in the very cold river water.
“We best turn back here if I am going to get you back in time to feed the cat. The airport in
It all began with a walk to the market on Saturday when I decided to take my cherries (of which there is a bounty and they are magnificent) over to the park. I am sitting on a bench eating my cherries and watching the people, like you do, when I spot coming toward me a cutout from “world’s yummiest men”. In the heat he was wearing a three piece Saville Row suit complete with red power tie. He looked as though he was walking through a fall day in
“You are not a tourist,” he said sitting down beside me. He spoke in English with a soft Moroccan accent. When Moroccans speak English it’s like they polish the words first like a river rock, takes all the rough edges off.
“No, are you?” I said being a smartass.
“No, but I am visiting
“Yes, but how would you know that?” Now I was really interested and not a little nervous. I am pretty sure I had managed not to have my mouth hanging open.
My son attends university in
“If you KNEW me? Like a celebrity? Oh my giddy aunt!” I really had no idea how to react to this.
‘Yes. Exactly like that really. He told me where to find you on Facebook so I would know what you look like when I told him I was coming to
“Now you don’t want to pass up another chance like the chap in the market do you?” he asked looking like the cat who ate the cream.
“What? How…” Oh shit I am thinking perhaps the blog has become a bit too personal.
If you are interested the tale of the rest of our day and the visit to Todra Gorge along with photographs can be found in my archives of 4,5,6,7, and