So where are we now ?

Posted Monday 16th May, 2016

We have had a number of enquiries from readers regarding our current where-abouts and activities, so its probably about time for an update, I must admit I did leave things "hanging" with our last entries from Morroco. We are back in the US for our yearly round of medical checkups and tax returns. We departed Europe in January and have left our yellow truck in the capable hands of Eric at Adventure Trucks. Our original plan was to return to Europe in June and complete our European Odyssey with a visit to Spain and Portugal, but that plan has been delayed by a motorcycle misadventure.

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Goats in trees (Essaouira, Morocco)

Journal entry for Sunday 3rd Jan, 2016 (day 924, miles 18684)

Our time in the deserts of Morocco came to an end today with a long journey to the west, and the coastal city of Essaouira. Along the way we were treated to the spectacle of a bunch of goats standing in a tree, apparently the goats are part of the harvesting process for the Argan nuts but during the "off season" provide additional income by entertaining and astounding tourists like us.

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Spa (Marrakech, Morocco)

Journal entry for Saturday 2nd Jan, 2016 (day 923, miles 18684)

Todays highlight was a spa treatment for both of us. After a morning of sightseeing (and Nina's close encounter with a snake), some "free-time" to wander around the markets and pickup some more "goods" we found our way back to the hotel and as instructed changed into "robe and underwear" and presented ourselves at the spa reception. Thereafter we were scrubbed, washed, rubbed and massaged for a couple of hours all for about US$60 per head.

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Tourist capital (Marrakech, Morocco)

Journal entry for Friday 1st Jan, 2016 (day 922, miles 18684)

Today a long slow and twisting drive back through the Atlas mountains took us to the famous city of Marrakech. We said goodbye to Ouarzazate with a quick photo stop at one of the many movie studio/sets in the area, and thereafter we contented ourselves with the occasional photo of a desert setting or spectacular mountain scene.

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Berber singing for New Year (Ouarzazate, Morocco)

Journal entry for Thursday 31st Dec, 2015 (day 0, miles )

Another picturesque day driving through the desert, incredibly dry countryside interspersed with real honest to goodness oases, right down to the date palm trees. As the day came to a close we arrived in the city of Ouarzazate which believe it or not is the center of the Moroccan film industry. It has a number of film studios and many international films have been (partially) made here including the original Star Wars.

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