Marrakesh is a wonderful, busy, crazy city. At that point in my life, it was like nothing I had ever seen before. Eager to absorb everything the city has to offer, we immediately set off into the souk filled city upon our arrival. I for some reason think I have an amazing sense of direction, so I felt confident that I could navigate our way through the city using the tiny squiggly map in the back of our guide book. Needless to say, I got us totally and completely lost only moments after leaving the Djemaa el Fina.
After leaving the main square, the first thing the three of us wanted to explore the souk – which we severely underestimated. I had been warned again and again about the maze of sights and sounds that make up the inner medina of Marrakesh…but of course I did not listen. We managed to get so turned around that we wandered around in circles for a few hours. I had this idea that I would see this one minaret that was near our riad and it would guide us home. Every once in a while I would spot THE minaret and we would excitedly walk towards it… but, here’s the problem…pretty much everything looks the same. It turns out there are just a bunch of similar looking doors and minarets throughout the souks.
As it turns out, the Souk is a great place to get lost. The hours we spent navigating every narrow alley and colorful stall are a wonderful memory. However, dusty hour after dusty hour the adventure was getting a little stale.
Eventually we managed to exit the Souk and found ourselves near the Ben Yousef Medersa. (Medersa means school in Arabic). We were beyond thrilled to see this particular Medersa for one because it was something we had wanted to see and more importantly we knew it was somewhat near our Riad.
How were we able to so definatly pin point our exact location you ask? Well, by using my keen directional and map reading skills. That and this sign which was so helpfully located on the wall of the Medersa…
The Medersa was beautiful and it was nice to spend some time in its peaceful interior after the craziness of the Souk.
The ticket to the Medersa, also include entrance to some nearby sites which we decided to visit since we had already paid. Although these were lovely, look what we managed to spot during this side trip: