but dreading JFK
Five days from now I will be on my way. I have spent weeks in preparation (months, actually) and am ready for the adventure. So ready, in fact, that I have already packed most of what I am taking. There is a reason for this over-preparedness, I am going to "travel like Rosemary" and bring only a carry-on 21" bag. . .and a small under-the-seat duffel thing. So I had to practice - and the evidence is still on the floor in my bedroom. The next few days will be spent in unpacking, ironing, and re-packing. I sure hope those clothes haven't grown over the past week. I sure hope I haven't either.
In case you're wondering, Morocco is an Islamic country and therefore (out of respect) my wardrobe is less casual. (Can you call such a small number of items a "wardrobe"?) No shorts (like I'd wear shorts in public!) and no sleeveless or low cut tops. Long pants, cropped pants, 3/4 length sleeved shirts, and a skirt are in order. Skirt? did she say "skirt"? Yes I have one, a long one. The problem is that it is slit up the sides so I sewed snaps on the slits to keep it respectable. I'll be unsnapping those suckers whenever I can! There was some talk about the convenience and comfort of wearing a djellaba. I'd never heard of it either. Look it up - you'll not see a picture of me.
Yes, there are health issues to consider. As in Mexico (and Toledo, OH) it is wise to be careful with drinking water. Ya gotta have an antibiotic with you, just in case. Kaiser prescribed Azithromycin. There is no threat of malaria or yellow-fever OR Ebola!!! But I did get a typhoid shot. Now all I am worried about is a fast acting and short lived sedative so I can try to get some sleep between Sacramento and Casablanca because I cannot sleep on airplanes.
And that is my biggest problem. . . .getting there. I won't bore you with my stupidity (well, maybe in other entries I will) but my schedule on Sunday is pure hell. I am taking a red-eye out of Oakland at 9:00PM, landing in JFK at 5:40AM on Monday, and then, after a 13 hour layover (that I am dreading), I am boarding Royal Air Maroc for a 7 1/2 hour flight to Casablanca. I will arrive there Tuesday morning at 7:40. WTF? Couldn't I have driven there faster? And that is not the end of the torture! I fly back to San Francisco. So my car will be in Oakland and my self will be in San Francisco on Oct 19th. I'll just keep telling myself that my worst day travelling is better than conducting a Credit Review Exit meeting. (inside Bank reference - ask Deborah or Shanda)
I understand that we will have wi-fi in the hotels so I will endeavor to keep this blog going. However, the last three nights we will be on a Sahara Desert tour and for at least one of those nights we'll be in an encampment in the desert. Communication might get a bit dicey. . . I dunno. Just envision Maria Muldaur and you'll know I'm OK.
Here's the itinerary:
Oct 7 - 8 (two nights) Casablanca
Oct 9 - 11 (three nights) Fez
Oct 12 - 14 (three nights) Marrakesh
Oct 15 (one night) Amezrou-Zagora
Oct 16 (one night) Merzouga (tented encampment)
Oct 17 (one night) Ouarzazate
Oct 18 (one night) New York City
Oct 19 (one night) San Francisco, Oakland, or Sacramento
PS - I apologize ahead for the typos. I write this stuff at night after a few glasses of wine.