Morocco the ladies wear plastic rain suits when they go for a swim. They use
them also for losing weight. You sweat like hell and your body uses
more energy to adapt to the unwanted circumstances; wear a plastic suit
under your jellaba and a dangerous slimming method is invented.
As a result of our way of travelling, we meet many people. The hospitality
in Morocco is without limits, so we often find ourselves invited into
people's homes. A great way to get to know the country and we stayed a
long time in El Jadida, but after 27 days it was time to say our friends
When JW checked the engine the day before leaving El Jadida, and found 1.5
liters of seawater in the carter oil. Ahmed immediately arranged for a
mechanic, who would show up the next morning at 9AM. Insjallah, one
thinks, but YES: Zacharia arrived and appeared to be a great mechanic as
The Moroccon coast is famous for its many fishing nets, and also for its
high swell. When we left El Jadida, the swell came from NW and was 2.5
meters high, with wind SW2. So we fled into Jorf Lasfar, 10
miles south of El Jadida and the biggest commercial
| port in Morocco, where
the handling of phosphates has created a surrealistic
poisonous yellow and green landscape.
second commercial port in Morocco) is not only famous for its sardines (5 kgs
for 1 euro) but also for its ceramics. Reason is that the right red clay
is found in the neighbourhood. On the streets the second choice and worse
items are sold, the best articles are found in the shops.
If you walk uphill,
you end up in the potteries. PHOTO
The transformation of earth into soft clay, the kneading, the sifting
(various phases), the shaping of the objects and of course the decoration:
everything is done manually. Even the baking is done in a natural way: in
ovens using wood fire. PHOTO
For the decorations they use natural materials; the motives are
traditional with beautiful Arabic curls, Berber or more modern with a
decoration of fishes. The last type is in its own way a classic and nice
to have on board. PHOTO
4+5 Some objects such as lamps are skilfully carved.
Everything is done by hand and even the tools are handmade. The sculptor
uses a series of practical tools for cutting and carving; they are made
out of sardine cans and mounted on a BIC pen.
The painters use the same
BICs, in which they glued donkey's hairs.
It was great to see the artists at work with their skilful hands. When
someone does something really well, it all seems so easy...
to Essaouira is 55 miles of which we could sail only 5 miles. The wind in
Morocco is either a storm or next to nothing. And most of the time it is
fluky. We were happy to have at least some spectacle because we caught a
fishing net with our rudder. Fortunately we could
quickly get rid of it
Essaouira is a nice fishing port. There is a large boat yard, and at the
moment there are six ships under construction. PHOTO
Furthermore it is (in our opinion) rather touristical, crowded with
coaches full of people coming from Agadir and Marrakesh.
re-stocked our medical kit, because in Morocco medicins cost a quarter of
the prices you pay in the Netherlands. They sell the same products
from the same pharmaceutical companies. And what is more: everything is
available "over the counter". Stocks of soap (especially made
for washing by hand),
grenadine syrup and some other stuff, and we were ready for the Canaries.