Reminded of my good fortune
October 19, 2015
We started the day by walking the block to the city wall then through a doorway called Puerta de Jerez.
In the next block was Cafe Azul where we had good crepes.
Today's election was on our minds.
Also the ferry ride to Morocco.
It was raining hard when we walked back to
our hotel, Casa Blanco, where we checked out.
Well, we didn't completely check out, we left a couple of bags with the hotel. We were only spending a night in Tangier.
Not much, no, and probably like judging Mexico from an overnight in Tijuana
but at least I'll add Africa and Morocco to my list of visited places.
We caught the 11 am ferry to Tangier.
No problem getting on, it's not high season.
The ferry is as nice as a BC ferry but zippier looking. It's a catamaran and they look like they are going fast even when they aren't.
The ferry was about half way across the Mediterranean when it slowed then stopped. We'd encountered a very small boat in the middle of the Mediterranean. The ferry passengers crowded around windows and decks to observe the little boat that looked to be quite full with maybe nine people. The boat was barely visible among the waves. We waited almost an hour until a red Salvamento Maritimo boat arrived to provide assistance. This is a similar red boat to that i'd seen docked in Tarifa.
It was somber almost emotional seeing this tiny boat full of people trying to get to a better place.
And while I was standing there on the deck, thinking about what I was seeing, I thought however the election goes we know everyone in Canada will abide by the results, they'll all work together, and that this stability is something most people on this planet can't take for granted.
After checking into the elegant La Tangerina we explored the neighborhood, known as the Kasbah, as well as the nearby Medina and the square called the Petit Socco. Dinner was lamb tagine at Le Nabab.
Salvamento Maritimo, Tarifa
Isla de las Palomas, Tarifa
Freighter in Mediterranean
Refugees, Tarifa-Tangier ferry
Refugees, seen from Tarifa-Tangier ferry. Spain is in the background.
Refugees and Salvamento Maritimo boat, from Tarifa-Tangier ferry
Refugees and rescue boat, seen from Tarifa-Tangier ferry