31 October 2002

First week in Morocco, Friday, 25–Thursday, 31 October

Friday, 25 October, Cairo, London, Casablanca, Marrakech: Taxi driver Rachid waited with us in front of McDonald’s; searching for apartment thanks to crazy Moustafa and Âdel.

Saturday, 26 October, Marrakech: reunion of old friends at Belhaj restaurant, Djemaâ al-Fna; visited Âzize’s house with Âbdelrahim; moved to next temporary apartment with crazy Moustafa and Âdel; met Mr. Hassane; N’zaha restaurant, tea with Âbdelâli in his new store, Djemaâ al-Fna.

Sunday, 27 October, Marrakech: Belhaj, Djemaâ al-Fna; Âzize and Âbdelrahim visited our apartment; Mr. Hassane: man in towel at Yasmine building; Samir visited.

Monday, 28 October, Marrakech: Samir’s visit; purchased telephone from Samir at N’zaha; dinner at Belhaj; visited Mbarek restaurant; N’zaha: Âbdelhadi, returned broken telephone to Samir, “belching in the corner.”

Tuesday, 29 October, Marrakech: (My mother’s birthday on the Gregorian calendar.) N’zaha, continued; Rachid visited; Résidence d’Atlas; lunch at N’zaha; souk, including Souk Souafine; bought audio adapter for Samir in Canaria; N’zaha again with Samir, Polly and Hicham.

Wednesday, 30 October, Marrakech: N’zaha, continued; I spilled Coca Light on Samir; visited Belhaj as it was broken down; bumped into Cherif and Âbdel-something; lunch with Samir at N’zaha; bumped into goofy-looking Mohammed at Djemaâ al-Fna, and he visited; hidden Internet place with Samir; Samir visited.

Thursday, 31 October, Marrakech: (Halloween.) Samir’s visit, continued; Djemaâ al-Fna: various restaurants; bumped into Âbdel-something again, and he visited; Marjane with Polly; dinner at Mbarek; bought gandouras at Âbdelâli’s store; tea at Belhaj; shared figs and apricots; souk.

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