Home, and still working feverishly to catch up....most things are up to date, it is really just settling in and starting our new batch of samples for people, writing up our tour notes, working on itineraries, costing the next round....the less fun part of Creative Arts Safaris.
Slowly getting more pictures up and remembering travels.
Our flight to Paris after the Moorish Delights tour was to leave early in the morning, wanting to check all our guests were fine, we stayed an extra night in Casablanca to do so.
Bye the time we had waved everyone farewell, dealt with a few in house matters, we had an afternoon free.
For some time before the trip I had been trying to prime my Shopping King [ yes Praveen- he could compete in the Olympics for shopping, along with a few of our guests!!] that we would be hoofing it in France and heavy cases were not a good idea.
He was fine with the idea but as soon as the gang would getting into a frenzy he would loose the plot and sheepishly grab something too. We have a beautiful tagine, several carpets, many shoes, bottles of oil...and I am still discovering the little things tucked away.
Had to laugh at the pottery co-op where the tagine came from he asked for a copy of the BILL- they misunderstood him, and because they were so pleased with all the guests had had with him gave him a BELL- gratis
Morocco is not as poor as India by a long way, malnutrition is not such an issue but there is still a wide gap between have and have not and massive under-employment.
The Arab Spring has seen a boom in tourism because it is stable, prosperity is increasing as evidenced by the huge amount of public improvements going on...
Berber has been recognized as one of the countries official languages [before only Arabic and French with more than a third of the population Berber???] it is now in schools and on official buildings.
Walking to the big mosque in Casablanca great to see all the school kids and college kids going home, saddened by piles of rubbish in the streets
When one orders a new djellabah, one chooses the threads for have the matching braids created.
Prosperity is around, but in the developing world no unemployment benefits...no work no food.
As you hear people joke on the tours as they indulge in retail therapy....helping the local economy. It is true and I am pleased to help in our small way :)
Off to Paris very early the next morning.