Last week, we – Marina, Ruriko, Irene and myself – went on a short trip to Marrakech in Morocco during the four day break between our first and second period of classes. We stayed at the Riad Tanine, a small hotel in the middle of the Medina, Marrakesh’s old city.

Our hotel, Riad Tanine
Our hotel, Riad Tanine

The Medina consists of a maze of streets and sideways, crowded during the day and completely deserted at night. In its middle is Jamaa El Fna, the square of the Dead.

Jamaa El Fna Square
Jamaa El Fna Square

Dried Fruit and Orange Juice on Offer
Remember Hitchcock’s “The Man Who Knew Too Much”?

One evening, we had dinner at stall no. 1 on the square – the food is ok, but we ate much better than that elsewhere. I highly recommend Le Tobsil in the Medina, Al Faissa in the Gueliz district and the restaurant of the five-star hotel La Mamounia.

Dinner at Stall No. 1
Dinner at Stall No. 1

Our favourite mode of transport were the horse carriages, which will get you anywhere for a few Dirham. Make sure you haggle with them though, because their first quoted price is typically 5 to 10 times the fixed tariff they are required to charge.

Riding the Horse Carriage
Irene, Marina and Ruriko in a carriage, with the minaret of the Koutoubia Mosque in the background

Marrakech is full of exotic colours and shapes. Here are some of my impressions from the museums, parks and various merchants in the Medina.

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