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Sunday, 24 February 2013

We're in Marrakesh and it's pouring down rain. 

Tuesday 19/2/13

Our decision about spending another night in Marrakesh had been made for us this morning. It was pouring with rain when we got up and our planned route today would take us through the Tizi N' Tichka Pass (Literal translation "It's difficult") in the High Atlas Mountains. The pass is 2,260 metres above sea level, is sometimes closed between November and March due to snow, and is littered with switchbacks and sheer cliffs. I don't mind riding in the rain, or even the snow, but I thought that this pass would be better tackled in the dry. So we'll stay another day.

We finally made it to Africa and to the warmth, and we get more rain that we did in the UK. What's going on?

Down to breakfast we went. We walked into a very large breakfast area that offered pretty much anything and everything you could want. We weren't in a hurry so we paced ourselves and grazed for some time. We sampled the omelettes, Croissants, fresh fruit juices, mint tea, coffee, assorted meats and cheeses, and some fruit. For a breakfast that was included in the price of the room it was amazing.

I think we ate enough calories to get us through the whole day just at breakfast. And the coffee was good too.

As I said yesterday, this hotel is huge, so I took the opportunity to take a look around then spent a few hours working on the blog and listening to the rain pouring down outside. It was real rain too, not just little showers.

A rare break in today's rain.

Me, hard at work blogging. Check out the size of the gigantic open area I'm sitting in. The bar is just behind me, and a large, flat screen TV showing movies and football is in front of me.

There were large, framed, local pieces hanging around the hotel. I thought that they were woven, but they are actually painted on Hessian.

Close up of the artwork.

It really is an incredible place...

...and it just goes on and on.

I hope the weather clears tomorrow so we can get to Ouarzazate. Riding is better than sitting in a hotel. Ouarzazete is known as "The gateway to the Sahara" so a little sand riding may be involved somewhere down the line when we get there. 

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