21 Aug Morocco | Guided Tour in Fez

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We didn’t give up on Fez, even we were so tired of getting hustled all the time. We started getting used to it. There were many places we wanted to explore but it seemed a bit challenging if we didn’t have a guide to come with us ( ie. visit tannery and ceramic factory). At the last minute we hired a local guide through our hotel to give us a half day tour of Fez old Medina. We were brought to silk factory, yarn factory, ceramics factory etc and we quite enjoyed the tour honestly. We tried to stick to the main street of Medina when we were by ourselves. With a local guide, we could enjoy browsing different parts of Medina. We visited the local bakery, Hammam, the wet market with fresh groceries, the copper/metal district, the leather district etc. You can custom the tour any way you want, just let your guide know what’s your preference of places to go. We were much more comfortable to go back to those places the next day by ourselves as we knew the way getting there. It’s all worth that $50 and saved us from all the troubles. I know many of you would go to Fez just because of the UNESCO heritage Chouara tannery.  We didn’t have a chance to go there and couldn’t tell you how it was. It’s temporarily closed for renovation. There are many tanneries in Fez anyway and they still operate the same way as they were hundreds of years ago.

Fez is an ancient charm and we were the time travellers going back to era of Aladdin. Everything was hand made, process was manual and we couldn’t use our standard to measure their lifestyle. Some may find very disturbing to see a camel’s head hanging in the butcher stall. I was upset when I saw kittens were feeding by garbage. Donkeys carrying heavy cow hides looked very sad and miserable….that also bothered me for a while. That’s why I’m not sure if I like Fez…that culture shock was too big for me to absorb.

Then we met a wonderful couple from the hotel, we had great laughs and great time together wandering in Fez. They actually made my trip so memorable that I let go all those disturbances away. They eased my bias and showed me that life was beyond what I could imagine. They made me feel I was too careful and serious for everything in my life. We need to ease up and be comfortable in any situation. Being too cautious all the time creates unnecessary pressure. It’s okay for things to get wrong sometimes….

I never thought I would have chance to meet the real locals and have dinner with them. The couple introduced us to do “couch surfing” style of cultural exchange. I have to say the locals we met were very friendly and genuine. I shouldn’t get shadowed and bothered by all those hustlers. If you have read my first travel journal of Morocco, you probably know it’s an eye opener for me to get out from my comfort zone and do something that I never thought I would do…dancing and singing with a large group of newly met people from all around the world and the locals.

Fez may not be my favourite city in the world but the experience was truly inspiring….and I will never forget that “one dance” in my life.

#跟著矛盾去旅行之 不再迷失Fez古城

自己盲中中行左兩日終於屈服要請返個導遊,因為我發覺有D地方無導遊其實好難去,就算去到都會不停被騷擾。經酒店請左個半日導遊,我地自己本身大景點都已經去過,所以我地叫導遊帶我地去睇下傳統手工藝,特別係瓷器。我地去左瓷器廠睇下製作瓷磚同瓷器既過程,我就覺得淨係呢樣都值得,因為我地對摩洛哥瓷磚係好有興趣。反而人人最想去既皮革廠我就興趣唔大,雞仔直頭話可唔可以唔去,因為陣味都幾難頂,當時最出名果個世界文化遺產製作染皮既工場正在裝修,所以都無0羊野睇,不過其實Fez大大小小有好多皮革工場,全部都係沿用幾百年前既古法黎製作,係真係幾特別既。我地仲有參觀埋其他手作工場,例如打鐵,染布之類。。導遊仲帶返我地去古城裡面不同區域,每部份賣既物品都唔同,終於可以輕輕鬆鬆行市集唔怕比人騷擾,唔使好似之前要走馬看花0甘行過就算。

其實果$50真係值得架,唔好話導賞果part, 淨係當保鏢都值。

Fez本身好似阿拉丁入面既城鎮一樣,仲停留係好原始既階段,我地城市人實在唔能夠用自己既標準去衡量佢地既生活。例如每次我見到貓仔要巢垃圾食真係好唔開心,仲有見到顱仔要背起超重既石油氣同皮革,個樣好無奈好慘。。。果種衝擊真係好大,令人好唔舒服。

好在響酒店認識左一對新朋友,佢地好有趣又好玩得,同佢地一齊見識呢個古城另外不同既一面。佢地果種隨遇而安既性格令我反省其實有D野真係唔使太認真太執著,0咁樣既人生會好無趣。唔好以為佢地係懶人啊,佢地係劍橋大學畢業既醫生黎。。。

我從來無想過會同當地人見面同食飯,點知原來啊劍橋醫生會約到D當地人做文化交流傾下民情,真係估佢唔到。原來其實當地人都好nice好純樸,唔係我當初天真0甘認為淨係得古古惑惑既。之前我blog過話我踏出左自己既comfort zone做左D我從來唔會做既野,係同一班來自世界各地唔識既人唱歌跳舞。。。。非常難忘既經歷。

有時D野就係0甘,雖然Fez既配套真係麻麻地,但呢個地方反而係令我印象好深好難忘,最難得係識到志同道合既新朋友。

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