The hot weather disappeared in an instant. One day it was sunny and very hot and everyone was wondering when the weather would change since by November it has usually been cold and rainy for a month already and the next day (luckily the day after I moved my furniture from Fez) it was rainy and cold.
People were truly worried because the olive crop relies on rain as does most of the country for agriculture, filling reservoirs, and taking care of nature. Sadly, the rain only lasted a day but I have a feeling it will be back and we will have a cold and wet winter.
I never would have imagined I would be using the words cold and rainy to describe Morocco, but this country is so incredibly varied with a Mediterranean Coast, an Atlantic coast, the Sahara, and three massive ranges of mountains crossing this way and that. Fes and Sefrou are located in the middle Atlas and so sit around 4000 feet above sea level. Snow happens here. Not far away in Ifrane there is actualy a ski resort.
If I can figure out my finances and smile about them, I am hoping to have a chance to do a bit of skiing this winter. We’ll see.
As it is, the weather is clear and very crisp these days. This morning there was a visible bank of clouds that cut off starkly from a bright blue sky as I rode the bus into Fez.
There are lots of things going on at the moment. Projects being born, ideas being enacted, and once again I have found myself in a space where I can write. I still need to get an always on internet connection so that I can adequately take care of my online projects though. And, I am wondering just how cold it will get in my apartment since I have no heat and no fireplace.
The past few days there have been growing crowds of young men playing some sort of gambling game in the alleyways of the Casbah. I can’t quite get in close enough to see what it is, but eventually, I will learn. Also, two weeks ago, Hanane and I were surprised to find a snake charmer in the Sefrou Souk on Thursday. Then we saw a busload of tourists…I’m a little afraid that Sefrou has made it onto the tourism charts….
In any event, I am ready and willing now to host friends and couchsurfers in the Casbah, so come on….book your tickets. Just be sure to bring a blanket.