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Mohamed and Badia treated Guido and me to an excursion to Fes. This ancient city hosts the oldest madras (teaching institution) in the world, Al Qarawiyyin, begun in AD 859. Ancient walls, mosques, and streets bear centuries of weathering, yet maintain a beauty that you just have to see for yourself. I've come to realize so much of the subdued and simplistic exteriors of structures contain elaborately decorated and spacious interiors that evoke a "wow" from travelers fortunate enough to see inside. We walked most of the morning and afternoon. You could get lost easily here. It would be a fun escape, for sure (until you wanted to leave... and have no idea how to do it). Mohamed and Badia were great company, good guides, and expert barterers on our behalf when we exercised a purchase. That's how you do it here. Start with their asking price, act like it's ridiculously high, cut it in half, and start "discussing" from there. I surely didn't known Darija or French. They saved me from paying way too much for my stuff. We had a ball. See for yourself...
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