Henna Square

Ivan, Lil Dave and I had breakfast at 10 am at the buffet on June 20, 2013.

Gazebo at Hotel RIU Tikida Garden

We used the internet for awhile at the pool.  Ivan and I had sangria in the lounge area of the lobby.

We all headed to the buffet for lunch.  Ivan and I had paella, fish and pizza.  Lil Dave put bananas on a few slices of pizza to create a nice banana pizza.  Ivan and I enjoyed a glass of nice sangria with our lunch.

Ivan and I organized our suitcases and packed everything up.

We all took the free shuttle to the New Town.  Ivan and I checked out Zara, but we didn’t find the jacket Ivan liked in Ibiza.  We thought there would have been more shops, but we didn’t really feel like walking around to find them.

Ivan thought we should head to the medina (old town) to go for a spa day.. plus, I wanted to get henna done before leaving the country tomorrow.  We got a taxi to the medina.

Lil Dave decided to chance it and go visit Reggie.  Ivan and I tried to go to a modern hammam spa, but it was all booked up for the day.  So much for another spa day.

Ivan and I walked to Jemaa el-Fna square.  We went to one lady asking about henna prices to get a feel of what they charge and what we could bargain for.  She said there were different prices for colors like orange, brown and black.  Orange henna only lasts a day – not sure why anybody would want it only for a day.

The lady was asking for 200 dirhams for one hand in black.  Her daughter was going to show me something.. I thought she was going to draw something with a pencil, but she started putting the henna on me.  I said I don’t want it now.  I didn’t even pick anything.  She wiped it off, but it made a stain on my skin.  I was pissed and knew I wouldn’t be getting henna done from them.  Ivan asked for 120 dirham and they both said no.  So, we left.  Of course, this is when the lady started saying Ok, it’s fine.  It was too late by then, plus her daughter made me mad by putting henna on me when I didn’t agree to a style I liked.  The mom started chasing us.  She put her hand on my shoulder and said she’ll do it for 120 dirham.  We were both saying No, we don’t want to.  We still thought it was too expensive anyway especially since it only takes a few minutes to do.

Ivan and I went to an orange juice stall to get a glass of oj to share.  A guy came over saying that he’ll do a good henna job and he won’t stain me like the lady did.  I kept saying I don’t want to talk about it.  I was still mad at that stupid lady putting on the henna before I said yes.  He kept banging on about how good his designs are.  I didn’t really care.  Finally, he went away.  But, of course he came back again to try to convince me to do it.  I just wanted to drink my orange juice in peace.

Ivan and I went in search of another lady doing henna for a more reasonable price.  We sat down and the two ladies seemed nicer.  They had lots of books with henna designs for hands and a some pictures with henna on feet.  I wanted one hand and one foot done.  I found a great design that was the same for the foot and hand.  Ivan asked her how much.  She said 80 dirhams for each one.  Ivan said No, 50 dirhams each.  She said 70 dirhams each.  Ivan said that’s fine.

Getting henna done on my foot

She started putting the henna on my foot and leg and then my hands.  It only took a few minutes to do.  She told me that I couldn’t wear my shoe for an hour since the henna needed to dry.  The design looked nice, but the lady seemed rushed when she was doing it.

Henna design done in Jemaa el-Fna

My foot was getting burnt on the hot ground since we were trying to get to a café.  Ivan and I went to one and chilled out on their terrace for an hour.  We talked about our travels and business ideas.  We noticed that the night market stalls were being assembled in the Jemaa el-Fna square already.

Jemaa el-Fna square in the afternoon

An hour passed.. so we walked to a souvenir shop to grab last minute souvenirs and postcards.

Lil Dave was waiting for us at the post office.  He said thanks and good-bye to Reggie the monkey.  He had lots of fun with him during his stay in Marrakesh.  We grabbed a taxi back to Hotel RIU Tikida Garden.

Lil Dave decided to head to the dinner buffet, so we could have a nice evening alone – plus the kitchen weren’t too keen on making him a banana tajine.

Ivan and I went to the restaurant for our 8:30 pm reservation.  The restaurant was shaped in a circle.  It was really pretty inside and a man was playing Moroccan music on his guitar.

Ivan and I grabbed some Moroccan salads and chicken pastilla for appetizers at the buffet.  The chicken pastilla was delicious.

Our waiter took our order which was two fish tajines.  He poured us red wine.

Fish tajine at RIU Tikida Garden

Our main courses came out shortly.  The fish tajine tasted good, but not as good as the one we had at Azar.  Ivan thinks to save time the chef cooked the vegetables in a pan, fried up the fish and then stuck it in a tajine.  Voila, quick and easy tajine!

Ivan and I went back to the room and we watched more of The Sketch Show before getting some rest.

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