I really love the food in Turkey. There are amazing donair and kebab places. There are also a lot of fish places (yuck). We found a very good restaurant where, when Molly goes back, she eats for free, and a pizza place that serves American styles pizzas and salads like at home. It was fun to eat in restaurants at first, but after a while you want cereal or scrambled eggs for dinner.
Today we went to the Dead Sea. Being in the Dead Sea is one of the weirdest experiences in your life. You will never have the sensation of floating ... just floating around and not even having to try to swim is so odd. When you touch the bottom of the lake you can grab a hand full of salt and see how clear and transparent it is. The salt water stings any cuts and scrapes on your body. I had a sore spot and it really hurt. It was pretty cool being at the lowest spot in the world.
For dinner we went to this amazing waffle restaurant. They had so many different types of waffle toppings, and they even had Kirkland maple syrup from Costco in Canada (the owner used to live in Newfoundland). I had a waffle with hot milk chocolate, bananas and crushed up Oreos. Mom and Dad shared a waffle because they were so big. Each half had different toppings. The owner wrote out our names in Hebrew - check mine out.
One of the unusual things about Israel is that you see men and women doing their military service walking around town with their giant machine guns. Seeing so many soldiers makes me feel worried about being here, and how safe it actually is.
Yesterday, before going to the movies, we saw a Kosher McDonald's across the park from our apartment in Jerusalem.
Today my mom and I visited the Time Elevator in Jerusalem Israel. The Time Elevator is a 4D movie that takes you through the history of Jerusalem. We started at the time of King Zedekiah and the prophet Jeremiah. We went through the tragedies of Jerusalem, including when King Nebuchadnezzar took over and also when the Romans enslaved the Jews. We ended at the Six Day War in 1967. If you come to Jerusalem, I suggest you go to the Time Elevator (unless you get motion sick).
Loved the camel burger and open-mic music at the Clock Cafe in Marrakech last Wednesday, so we went back to the Clock Cafe in Fes this week for the same thing. The camel meat was very good, even better than the beef some places.
Today my mom found the rooftop terrace at our riad. On the terrace, we have a very nice view over the city of Fes, and in the morning, it is very hot up there. The way we found the rooftop terrace was the lady who works here told us our laundry was hanging up there to dry. We also found a little sitting area on the rooftop.
So far, I've been to 12 countries. I can't believe our trip is almost half over. Most places I've gone into not liking so much but come out with a good feeling about them. I'm sad that the Bruces left a few days ago instead of staying with us.
Some of my favourite places have been Holland, London, Nice and Venice. I"m getting excited to be visiting Barcelona. I'm also getting excited to see Asia and meeting the Brandons. I hope all is well in Canada or wherever you are right now.
I prefer Essaouira to Marrakech and here are my three reasons why: it's quieter, safer and the cats are less scary.
Essaouira is quieter then Marrakech, and it is a lot calmer. There are fewer people here and the merchants are nicer, funnier and less pushy then in Marrakech. Wouldn't you like a quieter place?
I feel safer in Essaouira because inside the walls there are very few cars and scooters. However, in Marrakech there were scooters and taxis zipping past you because there are very few sidewalks in the old city. In Marrakech it's also dangerous to cross the street because there are crosswalks but very few drivers stop at them, so you have to walk through the traffic. It was scary and not very fun
Lastly, in Marrakech the ferrel cats look hungry and sick, but in Essaouira the cats look cleaner and it looks like people have been feeding them. I care that the cats look healthy because it feels like a safer environment for everyone.
These are my three reasons why I prefer Essaouira over Marrakech.
Now that I'm in Africa I'm pretty happy. It has been so cool with the new culture - different but good. The first day we got here we took a giant Mercedes Benz van from the airport to the raid - a house that feels like a hotel. (sorry for the low quality picture)
Then later that night we went to the market. We had a good dinner of meat kabobs then some guy put a monkey on my shoulder(sorry no picture) but my mom freaked out and told the guy to take the monkey off me because she thought I would get rabies. After dinner we visited the souk (market) for a little while, then we came back to the raid and went to bed.
This morning we had a good breakfast (the family at the raid made it for us) then left to go out for the day. We first went to a private garden and little museum about the Berber people who live in Morocco. We took a horse and buggy ride to Cafe Henna, where we had a very good lunch (potato and egg sandwich) after we got cool henna tattoos. I got a panda bear on my arm.
We had camel burgers for dinner. Yum.