Pictures from Morocco
I’m happy to report that my stroke of bad luck was short-lived – I feel like the travel fairy is smiling on us again. After the torrential rain in Meknes and Volublis, we started a day in Fes with sunshine!
Luckily the ATM that ate my card was at an actual bank, so I when I went back the next morning I was able to show my passport, sign a lot of papers, get my card back and get money. I wasn’t the only victim, though. The teller chuckled when I explained my situation, then shuffled through a stack of about 50 cards to find mine. Although I’ve never paid a lot of attention to where I got money before, I definitely recommend using ATMs at actual banks, especially if you don’t speak any of the local languages. In Morocco, depending on where you are, that includes Arabic, Berber, French, or Spanish. Although a lot of the younger generations learn English in high school, public signage doesn’t yet include it. I was surprised when my Royal Air Maroc flight went through the safety instructions in Arabic, French, English, and Turkish, but I guess that’s how they cover all interested parties.
The only problem that still remains on this trip is my camera. The auto focus on my good lens was on the occasional fritz, and after being waterlogged for several hours, it seems permanently dysfunctional. I’ve been using manual focus, but it’s a lot slower, and I don’t completely trust my eyesight to get the right picture, especially when everything is covered in geometric tiles which quickly highlight the fuzziness in a picture. I also had problems turning the focus ring while trying not to fall off a camel today in the dunes. Tomorrow, in the interest of safety, I’m switching to the kit lens and my phone for pics.
Okay, the Internet isn’t so good here. Hopefully I’ll get some pics up at the next place.