Friday, 30 September 2016

Getting Henna in Marrakech, Day 2





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Uploading:
As you can tell from the previous post, uploading the vlog was just not happening, as well at the photos for the previous post, took about an hour to upload and would have potentially missed breakfast and since the wifi is stronger in the lobby, we decided that we would go eat separately to stay with the laptop (see how much dedication we have to this blog) 

Breakfast:
James went first, he's a quick eater anyway, so it didn't feel too long. Eating on my own is something I mastered when James was working weekends in Sheffield, so it wasn't as daunting as one with anxiety would. There was standard breakfast foods; toast, eggs, tomato etc, along with a selection of cereals. To be honest, I was more surprised that they were serving bacon, which I think is very nice of them to still serve a dish they do not eat themselves due to religion, although I didn't actually have any, but James did. As I finished, the last photo was finishing, just on time for scheduling and our day to begin!


Booking a taxi:
With all the hassle yesterday, we thought it was a better and safer option to get a taxi to our destination. Although they say booking taxis with your hotel is much more than a regular taxi, we liked the idea that it was already booked for our return from wherever we may be for what time we want. The lady, Asma, was very helpful and welcoming, she even gave us her number as we was indecisive about what time we'd like to return. 

Jardin Majorelle:
Our first stop was to this beautiful garden, this is #2 in things to do in Marrakech on TripAdvisor, so it was a definite must go and we were not disappointed, take a look for yourself...










About 3/4 into the gardens, you'll find the Cafe Majorelle, which is where we decided to take a short break and have lunch in the sun. 





Getting lost:
Let's not even go there, from the gardens, we decided to attempt to make our own way to the next destination on our list. Not even 5 minutes into our walk and we've already been approached for someone to "help" us. No. Please. Stop. This first man accept our no thank you straight away and moved onto his next victims in front of us as we approached a police man across the road for directions.

Thinking we're on the right track, we once again was approached, no matter how much we insisted we do not need his help, he proceeded with walking with us, walk away you say? We did.. and he followed. Honestly, it wasn't scary or anything but I broke down, I started having a panic attack and I just really wanted to leave, but we had no idea where we was during taking the impulse turn to get away.

Once I had calmed down, I was determined to find the Henna Cafe, as I refused to let my anxiety ruin this holiday. We asked several shop keepers and police men along the way, and eventually found our way. 

Travel Tip: If you need to ask for directions, the best people to ask is people working in shops, it is more likely they will help you and will not ask for money. They will not be able to leave their work to physically leave to direct you.

Henna Cafe:
To be honest, many people we asked on the way, even the taxi man was not too sure where or what the Henna Cafe was and when coming face to face with the venue, we can see why it's so easy to miss; with such a small dark entrance and unofficial signage but nevertheless, we've heard amazing stuff about this place and we was excited to be there.

After taken up two flights of narrow stairs, we arrived at the top of the Henna Cafe, a very small intimate place, perfect for a break from shopping and/or simply getting your Henna done.

Before I continue with our day, I'd like to share with you the purpose of the Henna Cafe...

Our mission is to offer free education to local residents of Marrakech alongside an authentic Moroccan experience for visitors to the city.
The Henna Cafe is an oasis of culture and comfort in the medina, offering delicious, traditional food and safe, beautiful henna in a social setting. All income from your experience is used to offer free education and assistance to those in need in our community.
The Henna Café was established in June 2011 by four UK business people who wanted to give back to Marrakech and Morocco. As riad owners and professional henna artists, they came up with the concept of the Henna Café.


Both James and I got a well deserved drink, I say that as if it was something special, a Fanta and a big bottle of still water. You'd understand after all that thirsty walking, with a nice refreshing fruit salad, as we were still full from lunch at the gardens. We drank while deciding on which Henna design we both wanted, I was aiming for a long one to go up my arm, so matching ones wasn't an option, instead James chose a nice design to go on the side of his leg (where I can hide it, he said)




After both Hennas were complete, we ordered some cakes and mint tea to complete our lunch meal. All was finished just on time for our taxi to arrive at 4pm, although we didn't think he'd show on time due to his lack of knowledge of the whereabouts of this hotel and one of the workers kindly called our taxi for us and guided him to us. It was such a refreshing feeling after the day we've had.

We honestly love the concept of the cafe, the food and vibes just made it all worth the stress of finding it!


Tanning and planning:
Once we got back to the hotel, we headed straight to our room, for I to change into something more tannable and went down to the pool to catch the last of today's rays while discussing our plans for the following days. Can't wait to share them all with you and hopefully less stressful than the two days so far haha

Dinner:
Dinner begins at 7 and by quarter past, we was in there ready to conquer all. Love that so far no main has been repeated, and still with a variety of choice: fish soup for starters, a choice of stuffed turkey or baked fish, with mixed vegetables, along with many sides and paella. For dessert, there was a choice from 4 different dishes but tonight James didn't try them all. 




Editing and drinking:
From this morning, we've come up with a logical plan to start uploading photos while James edits the vlog. This wasn't mentioned in the previous post but there was karaoke happening in the bar but we was busy editing and hoping for an upload we didn't attend, so we will be joining tonight's activity with a hearty drink in our hands.

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Hope you've enjoyed reading this once again lengthy post with lots and lots of pictures.


***PLEASE NOTE*** If vlogs are still not up, it will be unlikely for them to upload while we are here but we will not give up, so please be patient with us and we will deliver!

UPDATE: Vlogs will now we uploaded when we get back and Day 1 and 2 will be one vlog and day 3 and 4 will be another etc, rather than uploading 7/8 separate videos!
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4 comments

  1. It's beautiful out here, a bit overwhelming in the city but I'm sure you'd love it here!

    Thank you for reading and commenting☺️💓

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  2. I get so hungry reading your posts. I love the food in those pictures. Great post ✨

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  3. Your travels looks beautiful! I always get lost when I go somewhere new so I can sympathise with you so much for the drink. Glad you're having a great time and can't wait to see more X

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  4. Sounds like you had such a great time!! Sorry to hear about the panic attack! The Henna cafe sounds so lush and I love the piece you got Jess!! Defo worth it!

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