Shops, and alleys, and donkeys oh my!
Fes was one of those places I was excited about. A very large Medina, and I was curious about the tannery. However not everything always goes to plan.
Fes for better or worse is a living Museum. It’s Medieval past, mixed with a modern future. The night we arrived we headed straight to the hotel in the newer section of Fes. Pretty much had everything on our doorstep including shopping mall. Dinner that night was a uniquely Moroccan dish. (No not a tagine). The confusing, and very yummy pastille. We had the chicken variety, which is essentially a pie, with powdered sugar, and cinnamon. The salty, and sweet combination was very different. I thoroughly enjoyed it.
I’m going to preface this next bit. I’m not a shopper. I don’t enjoy it. When I want something I just do a bit of research and then go buy it. The whole window shopping, and buying experience bores me to tears. Add to that the whole negotiation process that happens in this part of the world it just extends the time even longer.
Today we dived in the Fes medina. To explain medina means ‘walled city’. These places are mazes. After about 5 minutes inside the walls, I was completely lost. To go inside without a guide is pretty crazy, and because of how close, and narrow the streets are a GPS is next to useless. Lucky for us it was Friday. So by lunchtime the place was well pretty much deserted as everyone headed off for prayers.
The Tannery I have to admit was amazing, and we had lunch today at “Fondouk Nejjarine”. It was a wonderfully restored 18th centruy Inn, and the food was wonderful.
However, after about the 3rd shopping experience of the day I was losing the will to live. I was bored, I was restless, I just wanted to get the hell out of here. The historial part was incredible, the shopping part had me wanting to scream. I know for some people this would’ve been a highlight, for me it was akin to torture.
Afterwards, I escaped to the shopping mall, got some bits and pieces and pretty much had a picnic dinner in my room. I was done for the day, and needed time to myself to recharge.