After our first night in Marrakech, it was time for us to explore the great Jemaa el Fna at daytime and see what it is all about. Arriving at a new spot at nighttime is always more impressive than it in reality is. Looking back I see us, two weird Europeans looking out of place with their luggage, panicking someone might take it from us.
Lysanne and I took a stroll to the square and walked around for a bit, we ended up at a Cyberpark. Never before had I heard of something like a Cyberpark and it turns out it is a park – beautifully made – with several computers throughout where you can surf the internet. It’s like a library only outdoors.
Walking back to the riad, we crossed the square and went right back into the souks, where our hotel is based. Walking through Marrakech is like having your iPod on and listening to a constant self-confidence building tape. The compliments fly around, some nicer to hear than others. This 17-year old dude asked me yesterday, if I wanted to have sex with his Frere. I was seething and thankfully it was way to busy to turn around, but I think he saw the fire in my eyes (and I don’t mean the fire Anastasia Steele is talking about).
After relaxing in the riad for a bit, we finally had our Rendez-vous at Les Bains Des Marrakech. One of the best and most famous hammams in Marrakech. Lysanne and I booked ‘The Traditional One’ treatment, which entails a scrub with black soap, a ghassoul body mask and a lovely relaxing massage.
For the scrub part of it all, we were led into this room that was dark and hot and had three beds along the walls. Whenever you’re in one of those, do NOT touch the walls. They’re hot! After a few seconds a woman came in an d commanded us to SIT! (such a lovely woman) All of a sudden she started throwing buckets of tepid water all over us. After that she left the room but not before she told us to LIE FACE DOWN! (notice the capitals, shouty-capitals)
After a few seconds she came back and starting rubbing us with ‘BLACK SOAP, EUCALYPTUS’ which apparently – combined with the heath – opens up your pores and make the scrubbing process that much easier. We had to wait about 10 minutes, before someone came back and threw more buckets over us. After a few seconds two women came in, and I started to get a little scared. I had heard about the ruthless scrubbing process which would leave you practically skinless, and I decided for myself that it had to hurt. I got this cute little woman who started scrubbing my legs like a maniac, but Lysanne had this big woman who reminded us of the headmistress in Matilda. I’m sure she used to shot-put back in the day. The scrub wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be, it’s just my legs who don’t like to be handled as rough, but I managed. After putting on the ghassoul mask and fill ing the room with steam we got another load of buckets filled with water and we got to take a shower.
Before heading to the relaxing rooms, we got a little package with a black glove. So nice, a little souvenir, “the glove you were just scrubbed with’ (cleaned though). In the relaxing rooms we got water and Mint tea (oh so sweet) with an assortment of Moroccan biscuits. After 15 minutes we were led to the massage room where two women were waiting to give us a relaxing time. I chose to have a relaxing massage because there’s only one woman I trust to give me draining massages (yes, you Jaya!). All in all we had a lovely experience at Les Bains des Marrakech and we might head back one of these days, if we find some time!
Today we are headed to La Plage Rouge which is kind of like a relaxing party pool, I hope we get to meet some cool people that we can maybe hang out with this weekend!
I’ll keep u updated!