THERE'S MONEY IN THEM THAR HILLS
SUNDAY 10TH NOVEMBER 2013
CHEFCHAOUEN or Chaouen as the locals call it, is about 100kms inland of Tangiers. After the hemmed in hustle of Tangiers, it's refreshingly laid back. The taxis don't even bother to meet the bus, you have to go wrangle one. The smell of hashish passes the nostrils more frequently than in Tangiers and lots of people have a toke where and when it suits them. Possession is not illegal although I think production and distribution may be a different matter. Nevertheless it's pretty much the prolific centre of Moroccan dope growing. The harvest was well in when we were there but it abounds in the local hills to meet global demand with hashish a specialty.
Our airbnb host met us at the taxi stop and walked us up to his house with magnificent views over the distinctive blue rinsed houses and buildings of Chefchaouen. Sometimes you really get lucky with airbnb, like the time we were in Germany back in July with Bea and Jan. In Chaouen, Ricardo and Nieves, our hosts were gems, very hospitable, giving of their time and informative on the local history, customs and people. Nieves served up delicious breakfasts and took us on a guided market shopping tour including a pit stop for snails. Nothing like a local to show you around.