Travelling to Northern Africa

Today was a long travel day…it was quite rainy and foggy in the southern part of Spain, so it was a good excuse to be on the road and not visiting any special sites.

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Getting onto the ferry and through immigration to cross the straits of Gibraltar by ferry felt like being corralled into a zoo. It was a definite mix of government bureaucracy combined with a number of friendly little deals and connections.

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And, once you get on board, you are lucky to get a seat, but you actually need to stand in line for 30-60 minutes to get your passport stamped. Unless you have a good connection and someone takes of it for you while you get a sandwich to pass the time. There was a business class lounge on the ferry…but there was nobody in it. Hmmm….have to find out what card you need to show to get in there. I wonder if it is one of the new Platinum Amex lounges you start to hear about in the airports…

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And of course, everyone has to change their Australian dollars and Greek euros to have plenty of local currency dirhams to pay for taxis and snacks.

 

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Oh yes, if you don’t connect well with the cashier to buy a sandwich…it gets ugly real quick. Welcome to northern Africa, it is a definitely a different culture change even after 5 minutes! But when you get to Morocco, you can have some mint tea 🙂

 

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