30th January, souks, belly dancing 

Monday was our last full day in Marekech so today was day for haggling i had a list of things and i was determined to get them as cheap as possible. The cheesy scarf buy form my mum and sister, jewellery, bowls things like that but the pier de restitence was a leather bag. I managed to get a teal, camel leather satchel for 250 Durham which is think is around £21. I then haggled for 3 more leather bags from Elle, carys and Lydia and got a fairly good deal. Now the man did over to buy me for 4 camels which of course i refused so instead i got a free gift, safe to say my haggling was so on point o got a free conical tea light. After a few more purchases and a wander through the souks we headed back to the riad to draw and chill. 

It was quite a warm day by our standard so we dipped our legs in the pool. IT WAS A MISTAKE, absolutely freezing so i stayed on my lounger water colouring. At 4 the riad decided to put on a goodbye show which apparently they only do for people they like. Good to know we didn’t annoy all the staff too much. 

Three men in traditional clothing came and played, sang and danced for us. I found it very interesting but i dont think we created the correct response. I imagine the audience is meant to be up dancing and cheering. We stayed at the sidelines but gave them a good cheer which by bristish standards is pretty good. I dont think they liked it. After their performance we made our way in to the breakfast room. Where a belly dancer started to perform. Naturally asBristish most of us found it pretty uncomfortable especially the boys who got pulled up to dance. I love dancing so i gave it a good shake before she finished. However my highlight was Christ doing the Irish jig with a a belly dancer, which then lead to him trying to hid under a table. 

After a quick change and avoiding a show and tell we made our way to a restaurant. All of the good places are hidden down dark alley ways that look a bit dodgy but in actuall fact had gems. 

We were seated around very low tables which were a tad uncomfortable but gave an amazing view of the middle floor and stage. We had a very funny waiter who decided to play small jokes on us like taking away menses not handing stuff over it was very funny. The food was delicious of course Moroccan spring rolls, skewers, deserts tea. It was all amazing. Between servings the belly dancers came out. The first was a middle aged woman with a tray of flaming candles and cups on her head. She was very good and pulled quite a few of us up. I had my 5 minutes of fame which i have to say i thouroughly enjoyed. She carried on to dance pose and perform where she pulled up rhy who’s destiny really should be belly dancing he did out shine the poor woman.  We carried on with the meal untill the next dancer came out who’s was a lot younger and very pretty, she received a very different reaction and made the poor boys a little nervous . She also pulled up ana who could have been her twin and did and beautiful synchronised piece. IT was a rule fantastic night, some within get i had never expirienced with a group of new people that i love to pieces. 

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