Thursday, July 30, 2009
I plan to leave the city the same day to head up to Wroclaw, Poland for a few days before returning to Prague. That said, my day looks something like this (if all goes well)
8am Wake up
10:30am Head to airport
12:50pm Fly to Prague
4pm Arrive in Prague (2 hour time difference)
5pm make it to the Prague train station
6pm Catch a train from Prague
8pm Arrive in Nachod (Border Town)
8:30 catch a bus across border to Poland
9:30pm - 10am Hope that there is a connection sometime in this range for me to make it from Kudowa Zdroj up to Wroclaw
Meet the person from the first couch I am surfing at 2pm in the middle of town.
I don't speak the language, I haven't allotted time to sleep, I am trying to do it all on the cheap, and I am making it up as I go. I LOVE TRAVEL
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
All in all it was a pretty good night... for a Sunday.
Thursday, July 23, 2009
I have to consolidate everything between my 2 bags and leave one here while I travel and pick it up on my way back to the US.
Now I just need some scales to make certain I don't exceed the weight limits on the way home (I exceeded them on the way here but managed to sneak it in free of charge).
Amy is in on the pack as well seeing as how the lease is up so it will be a busy week or so here in Birmingham.
Monday, July 20, 2009
Saturday, July 18, 2009
The wind does create some epic kiteboarding conditions... a sport currently out of my price range.
Africa is the land where the sun sets.
The atmosphere is laid back and even the lifeguards know it.
It was great fun and a nice change of pace from the streets of Marrakech.
Friday, July 17, 2009
Wednesday, July 15, 2009
Monday, July 13, 2009
The roads went through the High Atlas Mountains at the beginning and all looked like this.
The landscapes were all epic.
En route we also stopped at a gorge that had fresh, cold water running through it. This was a great way to cool off after being on a bus with no AC for hours on end.
I also visited the town where the first arena scene in Gladiator was shot.
Before getting on the camels we did get one bit of luxury and got the chance to spend an hour at a pool before heading off on camel back.
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Typical second class seating in small rooms off of a hallway
Note the little Marrakech sign
Despite the epic heat there is some vegetation here.
The city does get dark as well.
More to say in the coming days.
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
I woke in Birmingham at 4:30 in the morning and got ready to catch my bus. I first had to catch a bus across town to make my Megabus connection to London. The trip to London cost 4 pounds. Once in London I had to get 8 stops on the Underground away another 4 pounds and a short train to the airport 14 pounds (note that 3 hours on a bus from Birmingham was only 4). I then stood in line to get my boarding pass for over an hour before having to run to my flight. I really hoped that eating in the airport was going to be an option.
My flight came first to Tangier and I got to see the Southern coast of Spain as I flew in. This was a great part of the trip already (granted I was on about 2 hours of sleep and no food so it was easy to get emotional over anything.
Once landing in Casablanca I had to make it into town from the airport and luckily I had read up that the train was cheap. A little wait and 4 dollars later I was in town but still not at my hostel so I hopped a short cab and made it here. Somehow I booked a room with two twin beds to myself but it is cheaper than the hostels in Europe and I like the privacy so I kept it.
I made it here around 6:30 so I had been traveling since about 5 in the morning. Needless to say my first night was not too big. I bought some local breads and food and walked around the block before committing to a night of ipod movies and staggered hot sleep. I did figure out that it is easier to sleep during the days here because the heat keeps the bugs at bay until night…. Sadly I am not here for the nightlife.
Today I walked all around the city and through the market. I also visited the Mosque here that is the largest in Africa. It was an amazing building and I only wish it was open to tourists. The call to prayer here is frequent and very loud (it sound like someone on an exaggerated megaphone yelling at all hours of the day).
I also booked my next place to stay in Marrakech for tomorrow so I am planning on waking early and catching a train. I will be staying there for the next 3 nights before moving on either to the mountains or back toward the beach and up the coast.
I have not eaten a lot since I got here but luckily I did think ahead enough to pack on a few pounds before making the trip. I was trying to slim down in England then I realized that it could be a mistake for this trip. The facilities are mostly squat toilets although there is the occasional western style (normal) one to be found and hotels use them as a selling point. At the Bellagio in Las Vegas you can request a room with a gold toilet and in Morocco you have to research to find a room with a normal one.
Well I guess that is about enough from me for now. The computer at this hostel will not let me post to the blog but it will allow for some facebook messages so if you want to see any of them just add me with the name Jonathan Walker Collins. OK I have to get back to dodging the heat.
Sunday, July 5, 2009
I am excited and plan to try and sleep after some tomato soup. I am not sure where all I will make it in Morocco but I am hoping it is as fun as I think it is going to be. Wish me luck.
Friday, July 3, 2009
A recent report here in England has put out this warning for the future.
"Swine flu: 100,000 UK cases a day by August
Health secretary Andy Burnham announces that the disease can no longer be contained
More than 100,000 people could be diagnosed with swine flu every day by the end of August, the government said, announcing that the disease can no longer be contained in the UK."(This could be how it is spreading)
It is nice to know that to escape this rapidly spreading illness I will be retreating to the continent of Africa... wow.... that just doesn't seem right. By the end of July I move out of England and hopefully escape the more than 1 million cases every 2 weeks. It was also noted that Birmingham is a hotbed for the activity.
(Time to get my vitamins in Morocco)
I fly to Morocco on the 6th of July.