The Venus Adventurers for this Moroccan trip have finally been gathered together by Julie and Adil in Casablanca. Sue (from Australia), Kate and Erika (from South Africa and Switzerland) and I drove down with them from Marrakech.There we met Angela (from Chicago), Claire and Sarah from New Zealand. With Julie, Adil and some local guides along the way, this will be us for the next two weeks. We have loaded up with the necessaries of water, toilet paper, gin, tonics and beer at the supermarket, and we are ready to roll.
We are in a riad – a 5 star hotel on the waterfront, in newly renovated rooms – I think this is as luxurious as it gets on this trip, so we make the most of it. Sue, who has the Lonely Planet guide at hand points out that it is the Author’s choice of hotels in the Mid range category, and it certainly feels good.
Over dinner Julie orients us to the trip and to Morocco – covering our shoulders and knees, modest dress, money for toilets, not using too much water in this desert climate, and tipping practices. She gifts each of us some Venus Adventures Postcards, and a cloth bag to save using plastic when we shop – all part of her sustainable commitment as a tour guide. We also start to learn some Arabic, although the language of this hotel seems to be French, which is great because my school French comes in handy yet again.
We have a way to go – as Sue said its hard concentrating on how to say thank you in Arabic (Shukran), that refusing a plastic bag is often one step too far – but we are working on it.
Trip organised by Venus Adventures