I already wrote a post about the difference between camel and elephant riding. So, you might have known that Vincent&I went for a camel ride.
At first I was a bit suspicious, I was afraid of how they treated the camels. Would it be good, or bad as the elephants in Thailand? Well, I can happily say that it was amazing.
They treated the camels well, stroke them and gave them peanuts and beans.
They didn’t hurt them; and when one of the camels decided he didn’t want to walk anymore, they didn’t push them to walk. They just waited, and they tried to command him to walk. It was fun to see, they treated the camels like dogs.
We went for the camel ride around sunset. The weather was great, and we had to wear blue suits like the man in the picture. It felt a bit weird to sit on the camel. But my camel (I called him Frankie) was real sweet. I could stroke him and he listened pretty well. We made a trip to the dessert; it was reallt special to do that on the back of a camel!
After 1 hour we stopped at a berber house, and a woman brought us tea. In French she told us that this house was from her and her family, who also owned the camels. Thetea was Maroccan tea: 4 spoons of sugar for just a little cup. You get used to it.
After the tea we went on the camels again; that was when 1 of the camels didn’t want to walk anymore.
After some beans (see picture above) he wanted to walk again. It was funny, he acted like a little child.
We saw the sunset and it was breathtaking.
If you ever go to Marocco, please to something like this.
But: check it first out, I did research and discovered this tour, were they were good to the camels. Be sure you book something like that.
Today is day 5 in Marrakech, and Vincent and I decided to follow a Maroccan cooking class!
I found it online and after checking their site we decided it was a fun thing to do!
The class started at ten in the morning.
We first went to the market, to buy all our ingredients. I pointed out that I was a vegan, it was no problem.
We bought a lot of vegetables, meat for Vincent, fruit for the juice and spices for in our dishes.
After that, we went to the hostel where we were going to cook. The lady who was giving the class, made us Maroccan tea. (You can see it on my YouTube channel; rawjazzie) And then it was time to make the preparations!
Prepare (or making your mise en place) is always the most work to do. The cutting, mixing and chopping takes a lot of time.
We were going to make a tagine with vegetables and lamb with a sort of gravin. We also made a mango/orange juice. I’ll be posting the recipe, so you can make it too! We made the lamb in a pressure cooker; if you use a stone tagine, it’ll take over 6 hours to cook. We didn’t have that time, so a pressure cooker is also fine.
It took time to cook; in between we were drinking our juice and relaxing at the rooftop terrace. It was sunny, but not too hot. After 40 minutes it was cooked and we enjoyed our meal. I liked my tagine, there were so any vegetables in it!
The woman who gave the class was very friendly and her English was good.
I recommend the class because it gives you a new view into the Maroccan culture. You’ll find out how they make all of your favorite dishes, and you learn to make them yourself. The atmosphere in the class was great; very relaxed and there was no rush. It was a very nice thing to do.