After three nights in Marrakech, it was time to move on to our next destination, the coastal town of Essaouira. Riding on a public bus is an interesting experience no matter where you are, and Morocco was no exception. The bus was scheduled to leave at 2:30 but for some unexplained reason we were delayed by about 45 minutes. No matter, there was plenty going on to keep us occupied.
As we waited in our seats for the driver to show up, a parade of vendors and beggars boarded the bus and made its way up and down the aisle. First there was a man selling chocolate bars. Then a nut seller. Then a woman with a baby, begging. A man handed out Islamic pamphlets, then did a second pass asking for donations. Then came a man selling soft drinks. Then an armless beggar. Then a lady selling bananas (she came through a second time to collect the peels).
Finally we were on our way. The three hour ride was full of interesting sights, but sadly the windows were too dirty for photos. Too bad, the small towns were full of activity, and the coast when we got to it was lovely: reddish sand dunes contrasting with clear blue skies, green-blue sea and foamy whitecaps.
I made up for the photo shortage during our two days in Essaouira. In fact I think I overcompensated, especially in the rooftops and seagulls categories. Hope you enjoy the slideshow.