Here’s Looking at You, Kid!
After a Saturday night on-board eating leftovers we spent Sunday chilling out & doing a few jobs. Bob went scavenging in the marina, returning with a can that we could use for storing extra fuel on the trip to Madeira. Upon taking a trip to the fuel pontoon to fill up, they guy from the marina slapped wrists & requested the return of the “stolen” can, promising to find us another one, smiling all the time - really lovely bloke….
We had some lunch & decided to wander into Mohammedia – on the way we checked out a few restaurants, only to bump into our friend from the 1st day, Mohammed. We promised to return to his place another time. We had coffee & cake in one of the lovely cafes surrounding the parc in the new town & made our way to the medina, finally arriving at Carrefour for a few bits. Back on the boat Ed cooked a very tasty paella. It has been raining on & off today, as predicted by our weather man – but the warm/dry interludes make it more bearable.
On Monday we got up to more rain, we hung about
in the cabin
deliberating over what to do next & then the rain cleared so
we ordered a
Grande Taxi to see Casablanca, only 10 miles south along the
coast. Our first
stop was the famous Rick’s café! Not that it ever really existed
when Kathy Kriger, then a commercial counsellor for the US
embassy, decided to
leave the government & start up “The Usual Suspects” company
mythical saloon into reality), but the architecture & music is
right on the
mark! Sadly there was no “Sam” in residence on Monday lunchtime,
& I was
very tempted to belt out that old favourite – chopsticks, but we
sipped our gin
& tonics to some nostalgic tunes & the food was
Hamburgers all round!
By the time we left Rick’s the rain had started
instead of walking to the medina we jumped back in our taxi – on
the way the
taxi driver showed us Hassan II Mosque – it is massive!!
We then decided that the rain had got the better of us & it was time to go home. It’s a shame, I didn’t feel like we saw the best of Casablanca (although Rick’s Café was very special) & perhaps we left too early……we could regret it, maybe not today, maybe not tomorrow, but soon & for the rest of our lives!!! Back on Aardvarc we decided on a light tea & downloaded Casablanca to watch, which seemed fitting for a night in! It was hilarious, the acting is absolutely atrocious…….but was a perfect end to the day & the start of a beautiful friendship…….(sorry)
On Tuesday we awoke to rain – heavy, heavy rain……..it didn’t stop – all day! Ed &Bob managed to find some gas for the boat in the morning & we headed to Hotel Hager for seafood lunch under our brollies. The rest of the afternoon we spent in the hypermarket, taking full advantage of their alcohol section, which do exist & are heavily frequented by the “tee-total” locals!?! The rain persisted all afternoon & upon return to the boat the wind had increased to 30-35 knots & we had to secure the boat due to the storm, tying up to the opposite pontoon with a long line that took a bit of throwing to get across. Ed & Bob braved the elements to get pizza from the town during which time there was a power cut & the whole town was plunged into darkness! Back on the boat I thought I had broken the wifi bat (our device that amplifies wifi signals so we can pick them up on-board & the reason I have been continually on facebook for the past few days!) & was already preparing my apologies when we realised what had happened! Phew!! I would have been in trouble……
The rain & wind had died down a little by the time we hit our bunks – but we battened down the hatches & hoped that the storm would pass by morning.