Niki felt a lot better this morning having slept pretty well. She was still feeling a little bruised and stiff, but hopefully in a few days will be back to 100%.
Mohamed knocked on the door this morning bringing our crepes, he said he had told his wife about Niki’s fall and that she had insisted Niki must take it very easy for a couple of days and that they would like to offer us a tajine lunch to say sorry, it wasn’t necessary, but it was a really nice of her to offer and we accepted gratefully. The offer of lunch was also extended to Gillian & Godfredo, so after relaxing in the morning sunshine, we once again sat out on the terrace, looking out over the beautiful dunes, while we enjoyed a superb chicken tajine, with soup to start and fresh fruit to finish, excellent and much appreciated.
After a lazy afternoon chatting I gave the camper a wash, which after the journey to Merzouga was covered in thick mud. With the sun set it turned chilly and we retired to the camper for a light supper, not really wanting much after our superb lunchtime tajine.
We fancied watching a film on the computer for a change, so having snuggled up in bed, selected “Lawrence of Arabia” from the hard drive; although we have both seen the film before we thought it was a good choice, made more interesting, as we are on the edge of the desert. It was however quite sad after the death of Peter O’Toole only a couple of weeks ago, a brilliant actor who I’m sure will be sadly missed. The film is a long one, well over three hours, there are two DVD’s, we were getting tired by the end of the first one and decided to watch the second half tomorrow.
We woke late, we were still in bed when Mohamed knocked on the door with our breakfast crepes. After coffee, breakfast and a super hot shower we were ready to join Gillian & Godfredo in their camper for a ride into town. We thought about going into Rissani, but being nearly 40 kilometres away decided just to visit one or two of the local villages. It was an interesting drive. In one of the villages we found a small, but well stocked supermarket, where we bought a few items we needed, then returned to Merzouga. Having parked up in the centre of town, we met an elderly couple in an Italian registered camper. The man was originally from Genoa, his partner from Spain, they now live in Argentina but travel widely. Both very eccentric they were really friendly giving Niki a small Argentinian coin and a lapel badge for good luck. After a short chat we found a cafe and enjoyed a delicious cup of coffee, “nous nous”, half coffee, half milk, wonderful.
Gillian & Godfredo had offered us lunch in the campsite, we’d ordered couscous before leaving this morning and at 1 pm Mohamed’s son delivered a monumental meal to our camper. The meal of couscous with mutton was huge and despite our best efforts we had to leave some.
The sky became overcast during the afternoon and Mohamed tells us that the next couple of days could be on the chilly side with a possibility of some rain, not so nice for us, but no doubt welcomed by the locals. Apparently the weather throughout Morocco could be on the cool and wet side for a day or so.
It seems I've been travelling for most of my life.
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