Fes truly seems like it is a set from a movie. The medina contains more than 9500 streets and alleyways, most of which look somewhat the same (at least to a foreign eye). The locals take pride in the authenticity of their city, as it was built in the 9th century and still stands.
Thankfully I made friends with some British “chaps” and two girls from California, so I was able to to out and get some dinner (dinner isn’t served after dark due to Ramadan, and traveling alone in the dark is not advised).
One interesting thing I observed at night was that many of the restaurants had a similar set up to those in Europe, with tables and chairs all spread out around the store. However, there were absolutely no women dining outside. Only men. I’ve still yet to figure out why.
(This is a blurry picture, but I was in spy mode with my phone because I feared someone might try to snatch it).
At the restaurant I had a “camel burger,” so I can officially check that delicacy off my bucket list.
Tomorrow I’m going to explore the medina without a tour guide. My “mates” and I are planning our own little quest through the winding streets, and hopefully we won’t get too lost.
Overall I’ve had a rather gratifying first day in Fes…and haven’t killed any of the hostel’s turtles. Win win.