This morning George and I took a 2 hour beginner surfing course. The first half hour we just learned to lie on our stomachs and paddle and then arch our backs as we caught the waves. Then we learned how to get up on the board and then we went and gave it a try. The first few times we completely failed...
...then we started to get the hang of it.
It wasn't as hard as I thought it would we be, but it was tiring.
At Kruger we saw lots of animals, but it was especially interesting to see the babies. We saw baby giraffes, warthogs, kudus and zebras. Check them out.
Last night we went to a restaurant where the seats are down low to the ground instead of normal chairs. It was an uncomfortable yet a cool experience. My dinner of chicken basil-creme pasta was delicious. From the restaurant there was also a fantastic view of the Blue Mosque (you can see it in the photo).
After dinner we walked through a small artisan market. The boys left the market about half way through and Mom and I kept going and we saw a Whirling Dervish.
Today we went on a ferry boat to an island for the day. The ride was about an hour and a half each way. On the way I was using an editing app to distort the faces of my family. Here I'm showing George which app I used.
PS Yes that is you on the wallpaper of my ipod Kailyn.
On the island there are no cars so there are lots of horses, bicycles, motorized bicycles and mopeds.
Before we left George and I got an ice-cream. We were planning on a regular ice-cream but the man at the counter didn't speak english so ended up with extra fancy ice-creams.
I hoped you liked this blog because it's my last one!!!!!!!!!!! (from Europe!)
Today we went to Masada, a fortress built on the top of a mountain overlooking the Dead Sea. Dad hiked up and we took the cable car. There was a beautiful view and it was stinking hot. Then we all hiked down together. It was hard because of all the loose gravel and the stairs were a weird length apart. There was also a bunch of Israeli teenagers blocking the path!
After Masada, we drove to a little town on the Dead Sea, and stopped at a public beach. We went into the water to cool off. It was really weird to sit in the water and float like it was zero gravity. It was fun, but also awkward to be in the water. The salt makes you skin dry and sticky.
Everyone is at the food market getting ready for the Sabbath, so it's extra busy today. We bought some fruit, braided bread and some jelly beans. The jelly beans are being used to bet in our euchre game tonight (Dad's new version of buck-buck-buck). Everybody was buying lots because most of the stores will be closed on Saturday until 4:00.
P.S. I saw two men wearing Toronto Blue Jay's shirts today.
Around the city today we saw people wearing lots of different styles of clothing. There's tourists who are dressed like us, there's women with head scarves and men with yamakas (little hats) and there's traditional Orthodox Jewish clothing - they typically wear a black suit with black shoes - some wear a black top hat and some wear a cylindrical fur hat. The fur hats look really warm for the winter.
We've had a good time in Israel so far.
We found some Israeli Doritos in Jerusalem. They tasted exactly the same, but the label was in Hebrew.
We also found some maple syrup, pancakes and maple oatmeal at a small local grocery store. Last night we had pancakes with the maple syrup, and this morning we had the maple oatmeal, which was good because we've been missing it. It reminded me of Canada.
This is in our riad (guesthouse) in Fes. Our room looked down into the courtyard where we ate breakfast. Every morning we were awakened by the "call to prayer" at 5:20 am so we were ready for breakfast by 8 o'clock!
This is a school assignment about description. I hope that you like it.
The beach in Essaouira is a gorgeous long beach that goes on for miles - beautiful tan sand, salty Atlantic water, fresh windy air. It reminded me of a fairy tale.
The tan sand feels hot and soft on your feet above where the tide ever reaches. During low tide,, if you walk about ten feet away from the water, the sand feels bubbly and full of air pockets, but the sand underneath the water is brick solid. the sand resembles a butterscotch crumble but doesn't taste like one.
The Atlantic water looks like the perfect swimming water as well as a death trap. The water is cold at first, but after it's warm and feels like a back massage if you stand with your back against the waves and have them bashing against you. The waves have a soft yet rigid sound as they echo throughout the city. The water tastes like a cup of liquid salt with a hint of fish. The water smells like a big bowl of fish flavoured potato chips.
The air on the beach is like the soft cloudiness of your breath in the winter, but it's a lot warmer! The air smells like a hundred fish with a pound of salt on each. The air is also very humid and heavy, and it sounds like a light whistle in my ears.
The ocean makes me feel happy. It's as simple as that!
The beach is Essaouira has the same hot sand as Florida and the the same icky salt taste as the beach in Nice, France. It also has the same soft salty smell.
Essaouira's beach has hot sand, soft water and sweet salty air. It makes me feel good and calm.
We are here with the Bruce's in Marrakech. Today all of the kids got henna's on our hands at The Henna Cafe. I got a flower with the vine running down my finger and a band around my wrist that I designed myself. Amelia got the exact same as me. Isabel got a clover type flower with lots of decoration around the outside. Alex got a turtle (in honor of the two little turtles that were crawling around the flour of the restaurant), and George got a panda. We let it dry as we walked home and then rubbed all of the chunky stuff off. The henna underneath was quite orange, because our skin is white. I like the look of the brown henna more (which is how it turns up on darker skin) but you're kind of stuck with the skin colour you've got!
My hand is on top with the big flower and band.
Isabel's hand is on the right of mine with her full on hand design.
Alex's hand is below Isabel's with his turtle.
George's is on the bottom with his dancing panda.
Amelia's is on the top left with the small flower and band.