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*I'm gonna go to Europe from 3rd July to 28th Oct 2010. The first airport is Roma of Italy. If you are staying somewhere in Europe, I'd be happy if you let me stay in your home or show me around your city. I'm on a couch surfing .
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30 Sep 2010

Marrakech2

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This is the breakfast that Ismail served for me.
Bread, cheese, yogrt and fresh mint tea.
Thank you Ismail :D

Ismail went out for work, then I was writing a blog, my mobile was ringing.

Oh! this is from Inagaki!

He asked me hung around together today too, so I take it :D

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Today I take bus for center, 3.5Dh.

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Inside of a bus.

We met and we to the center, I drank a orange juice first*

After that, I wanted to buy a Moroccan Sim card as my Italy's credit was finished..

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I got this Sim by 20Dh.

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I eat icecream for break* 12Dh for double.

Well then we go to sight seeing!
Just I follw Inagaki.

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Palais Bahia, we couldn't go yesterday.

Then we rode on a bus to garden Ismail recommended.

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Jardin Majorelle
Fee 30Dh

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The fee was expensive but inside was nice*

Then we head to a new city to visit Ismail's office.

We took a late lunch at local restaurant.

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Alltogether 103Dh for 2 person.

Nice lunch :)

Then we arrived at Ismail's travel agency office, I introducet Inagaki for Ismail, I applied the dessert tour for 3days.

3days 2nights tour, 950Dh(95Euro)

I had no idea about dessert tour but Inagaki already went to dessert and recommended it highly, so I decided to go there!

For good thing, Ismail is working at travel agency, and I go there from Ismail's house, so everyhing is good for me :D

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Ismail took us the hotel we can drink a beer, it was also good sight view, so we drank a beer together*

Moreover the beer price is cheaper than yesterday's.
Yesterday was 25Dh, today's one 18Dh.

Yeah, local friend!

We drank with nice conversation around 1 hr, then Ismail went back to his office for work, I and Inagaki go to super market to check a local price.

Then we go back to old city from new city though, new city is clean and new, price also cheper, so that was nice to walk around!

Is here really Africa?? I never imagine that!

It was getting dark, I said thank and good bye, I rode on a bus to home.

Then I went to the hammam, I washed my body*

Yeah~, Marrakech is fun too :D
posted by Sue at 22:41 | Comment(0) | Morocco | Edit

29 Sep 2010

Marrakech

I wake up early and wrote yesterday's blog.
2 Ismail also wake up, then we ate breakfast together.
French bread, cheese, yogurt and Mint tea*

But small Ismail didn't eat anything as "Fasting".
It's like a small ramadan..?

2 Ismail went out for work, then I also went out at 9:30am.

They told me there is a bus to center, but I walk as first day.

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From suberv to center, I walk, walk.

マラケシュの郊外から中心街へ向かっててこてこ。

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Walk, walk.

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Walk, walk.

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Walk, walk.

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Walk, walk.

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Walk, walk.

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I arrived at "La Koutabia"~!

Woow, that's beautiful~!

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beside of the tower.

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Then I arrived at "Jammaa El Fna", city center~!

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There are a lot of juce shop, I bought fresh Orange juice for 3Dh(about 0.30Euro)

Cool and yummy~*
(Actually, I drank 4 times a day.)

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Well, I walk narrow street ramdomly.

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Ummm, is this like more cleaness India?

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Oh! I found the soap shop~!

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I bought 2 soaps.
Waaai, I like natural soaps :D

By the way, where am I now??

I asked it to shop lady though, I was not center already.
She gave me a suggestion to go next, so I took it.

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I bought the ticket by 60Dh(6Euro) for 3 sights, expensive.

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Musee de Marrakech

It was very small museum, just for 30min.

I hunged around inside the museum, I found the person who are taking a guidebook of Japanese!!

"Excuse me? Could I see the book?"

Inagaki(25:From Tokyo) who are traveling Morocco by himself for 10days, he showed the book and we had a conversation.

Then we hung around together.

But the old town of Marrakech is really like a maze.
But Ingaki is very good at direction like a compass, so I just followed him :D

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Qoubba Atmoravide

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Madersa Ben Youssef

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We ate these for lunch in local restaurant.
20Dh a each.

good taste :)

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Bab Agnaou

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Tombeau Saadiens
10Dh

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Palais Badii

We went to other sight but it was already closed.

We went back to the center place, then we went to his hotel, he let me use a shower for me!!
(I didn't take shower because Ismail's house shower was broken.)

We went to Tazi hotel just we can drink a beer in center,
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Kanpa-i***

Inagaki paid the beer for me, thank you :D

It was getting dark, so I tryed to take a taxi though many driver said very expensive price, so just I took a bus.
The bus fee was just 3.5Dh(0.35Euro), so bus is much better!

I came back to home safely, then I went to hammam for trying, it was Ok.
And also the fee was just 10Dh(1Euro)!!
I come the hammam every day*

I also feel good in Ismail house, yeah, I always lucky~***
posted by Sue at 22:41 | Comment(0) | Morocco | Edit

28 Sep 2010

To Marrakech

Victor go to work at 9am, so I woke up for saying thank and good bye.

"Thank you for everything! I hope we meet again!"

"Sleep well"

Victor went out home.

After that, I woke up and took a shower.
Then when I went to kitchen...

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Wooooow!!
He prepared the breakfast for me~~~!!! (impressed!)

What a nice courtesy...!!

I eat breakfast slowly with checking flight states.
And also writing a blog and talked with skype friend who stay Rabat, it was already 2pm.

The check-in time is 2:30, so I have to leave now~!!

But maybe it's fine, so I rode on a 3 metro and arrived at the airport at 2:50pm.
Check-in counter will be closed at 3:50pm. so it should be OK.

I headed to check-in counter.
But it was a bit far than I expected.

Then I arrived at easyJet's counter,,,

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Too many people!! Too many people!!!

Wooo!!! Can I check-in!?!?

But the line moved smoothy and I could in 20min.

Whoa~~.

Then checking baggage and deperture control I went through, I arrived at the bording gate at 3:30pm.

I tried to find a Internet connection but I couldn't.
Just I was writing a today's blog until now.

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Then I boarded at 4pm.
Madrid to Marrakech 35.74Euro

Someone didn't show up, so the flight was got delay a little bit though, the plane arived at Marrakech at correct time, 16:30.

I went through passport control.

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Marrakech airport

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I withdrowed local money, 1000Dh(About 100Euro).

Ismail(28:Morocco) who accepted me as couch surfer was busy, so he couldn't come to airport to pick me up.

So I waited 1 hour, his cousin Houssin came to airport by bike, he took me to Ismail's house.

When I went into the house, other Ismail(same name, small Ismail) was there and
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he served it for me. thank you!

Then Ismail came back to home from work,
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he gave me the map, yatta-!
I can go anywhere by this :D

Well, the room is nice though,,, a toilet has problem...

Of course there is no paper, but also the tap was broken,, no water flush and supply..?

I try to think here is India...

Then I asked about shower though, the shower also was broken 4 months ago, so he prepare me hot water in bakket and use it in toilet.

Oh, Wooow!!!

Sounds hard...!

Maybe I can stand 3days without shower,,, hahaha.....

But there is hammam(bath) near his house, I can go there...

Incidentally, Ismail has hoseted other 2 couch surfer so far, they came from South America and France who stay Morocco long time, man.

I'm a third, first woman.

Yeah,,, certainlly, this situation is hard for woman (normal man)...

The room is nice, so just the toilet and shower though...!

After that, Ismail took me walking around his neighbor, when we went back to house, Ismail's brother prepared a dinner, we 4 eat the Morocco dinner together*

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Tajin (I don't know correct spell)

Onion, chicken, potato, lime, chill and spice, steamed.

yummy*

Everybody good man, good face, I can check e-mail at his house.
Just a bathroom.

After dinner, already 11pm, it's a 1am in Europe, so I went to my room and sleep.
I tried to write blog though, I fainted away as sleepy.
posted by Sue at 22:41 | Comment(0) | Morocco | Edit

27 Sep 2010

Madrid

I couldn't sleep well on the long distant bus, the bus arrived at Madrid 8am after 18hours.
Sleepy...

I go to Victor(35:Spanish)'s house who accepted me as couch surfer.

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Victor welcomed me playing didgeridoo(Australian's instrument) as he is also sound engineer :)

He prepared a tea and cookie, then he took me out for show around his city*

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Center of the city, Puerta del Sol, very good weather :D

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Symbol of Madrid, tree with bear.

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Center of Spain.

Oh! I wanna stand on here!

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I standed on the center of Spain!

"Oh! please don't stand on my country!", Victor said.

Oops, sorry..(^^;

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"But on the France is OK"

LOL!!!

He took me many fashion store, especially Spanish one, it was very interesting to see! :D

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This is lunch, Farafel and French fly 7.2Euro.

A bit expensive though, it was very yummy***

Victor is interested in Japanese culture, so we talked about Japanism like Miyazaki Anime movie, about Shinto and Zen.

Victor had to go to work from afternoon, so I hung around by myself from now!

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I go to Plaza Mayor to get a map first!

Then I started walking though, famous monestry was closed because of time, so I headed to next monestry.

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Convento de la Encarnacion

But also here was closed, just I took the picture.

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I took a rest on Jardines de Sabatini, beautiful park.

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I headed to Palacio Real, King's Palace, though, it was also closed as national ceremony or something.

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Just I could take a picture of Plaza de la Armas from outside of the wall.

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Catedral de Ntra. Sra. de la Almudena

closed..

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Real Basilica de San Francisco el Grande

closed..

Why~?? because of national ceremony? siesta?

umm, no idea.

I head to museum.

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Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia

Adult 6Euro
Student free
From 7pm, free for everyone

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I saw Picasso and Dali's complicated art a lot.

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Then I go back to home by metoro.

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Victor served me the Jamon Serrano, Spanish ham for light meal, yummy~*

....Victor told about the big strike of Spain on 29th, day after tomorrow.
Almost of all transport will be not work.

What..!?!?

The 29th is my flight date for Morocco!!

But in that case, the passenger can change the date for free, so Victor let me stay his house longer, he said.

Whoa~, that's fine~.

...? But wait a minute, come to think of that, I changed the flight time because when I checked my states on easyjet website, there was a notice and I changed just a time...though...

Anyway, let's check it again.

I connected to Internet and went to easyjet site to confirm my states,,,

To my surprise!!! my flight date turn to tomorrow, 28th!?!?!?!?

No kidding!!!!

I planed staying Madrid for 2nights, but there is strike so I planed stay here for 3nights I thought just now though!!!!

Leave Madrid tomorrow is toooooo short!!!!
I haven't visited even Prado museum yet!!!(>_<)

As strike, I could change my flight for free but I changed my states before I know as I misunderstood the flight was changed just for time, so I changed my states 1day earlier without notice by myself...

What a idiot...

So I try to manage somehow that I can change the flight...

how about 30th deperture..?

65Euro + changing fee 15Euro + Card fee 5Euro = 85Euro


I bought this ticket for 35Euro, how I can buy again for 85Euro~~!?!? (Cry)

I can't do it...I have to go tomorrow.

Anyway, I come back to Madrid.

Otherhand, I have to manage about couch host!!

I try to check couch surfing, but I promised making Oyakodon, Japanese dish, for dinner, so Victor asked me "I'm hungry though...".

"Sorry, just a moment..."

I said that for Victor, he replyed,

"Ok, I play didgeridoo during waiting~"

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he started playing didgeridoo...(lol)

Oh, no, I can't consentrate as didgeridoo like a curse sound.

Hey! I can manage somehow later!! Let's make dinner first!

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Then I made Oyakodon.

Normally I made Okonomiyaki for couch host house though, Victor didn't have flower, inseted of that he had a soy sourse and rice, so I made Oyakodon :D

Not so perfect but Yummy~~**

Victor liked it and took a note about recipe.
I'm glad to introduce Japanese dish for foreign friend :D

Well, after dinner, Victor gave me a time to find next couch host kidly, I do Internet!!

Yeah, I have to manage about couch host in Marrakech.

I was accepted from 3 couch host but it's from 29th not from 28th.

I'm in trouble.. I have no gudebook and map of Morrocco, I need help of couch host this time..! (>_<)

I'm very scary without guudebook and map~~!

At that time, already 11:30pm...

Woooooow!!! Who still awake!?!? Who are connectiong Internet in Morrocco!?!?

Hey, calm down calm down. It must be time delay between here and Morocco.

I checked it quickly.

There is 2 hours delay, Morocco is 8:30pm now.

Yes! I can still manage!!

Well, who should I choose..?

Anyone is ok if I can get a reply...

This is the person I could get accept already.

* Woman 62yo, she hosted Japanese girl, feeling nice. but the login place is casablanca..
* Man student, he is staying house with family. good impression from message, he is interested in Japanese culture.
*Man travel agensy, he is staying with flat mate, a bit far from old city. has few reference.

I wanna choose Woman's place if I could...but she is in Casablanca,, it seems impossible.

But I send message...but maybe can't get answer.

Next, I sent SMS to student.

It didn't work...

Last, I sent SMS to 3rd man.

He replyed me!!
Tomorrow Ok, beside he may come to airport to pick me up!

Yatta-----!!!!

Whoa~~~~, I always last minute but I could manage somehow so far.
Thank you everone..!!!

Sorry for Victor... I couldn't give you Thai massage...
I wanted to stay with you more...

I had no time to write this blog, I felt asleep like fainted away at 2:30am.
posted by Sue at 22:41 | Comment(0) | Spain | Edit

26 Sep 2010

Long distance bus

Today is Sunday.
Hideki tooke me to the Morning market near his house.

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There are fresh vegetables and cheese, it's interesting to see :D

He bought something, then we went back to home.
Hideki made a branch for me.

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What a great!!!
Awesome, aweson!!!!
I'm really impressed!!!!

I ate this great dishes slowly, then I used internet for looking next couch host, it took me long time, when I checked the time it was already 1:30pm!!

I prepared my baggage quickly, Hideki came to metro station to say good bye with me.
Thank you for everything Hideki!!

Then I rode on a metro and changed 1 time though, the next train didn't come quickly, I had to wait 5min.

No~!! Please come..!!

But there was no way, just I wait.

Then I rode on the next metro, and when I arrived at the destination, I run run run to Eurolines office!

I checked in quickly, then I could ride on a bus 2min before the departure time...

Whoa~~~...(>_<)

Paris to Madrid 68Euro

Well then, the bus go to Madrid!!

...but bus don't move..?

I had no idea but when I asked the situation to bus driver(Spanish), he said "I didn't eat lunch, so I went to eat it. that's why."

WHAAAAAAT~~~~!?!?!?

Is that a reason the bus didn't start in 1 hour!?!?

What a Spanish....

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So the bus was started driving normaly,,,

but the bus stopped on somewhere 40min. because of the dinner time for driver.

What!?!?

Passanger had to go out together in cold night, we had to stay there 40min. for driver's dinner time.

Then the bus started driving, I was sleeping but suddenly the police came inside, there was passport control.

France and Spain are shengen area, so I think they don't need passport check thoug..?

Like this today, the long distance bus (18hours), it was not easy way...
posted by Sue at 22:41 | Comment(0) | France | Edit
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