Day 4: Tangier to Chefchaouen
Find a shop with a comprehensive display of shorts. The shopkeeper is obliging, and I pass a complimentary remark on the popularity of the place.
'Many people here. Many people in your town.'
He smiles thinly.
'Too many,' he says.
Before turning in, I walk into the Plaza. By night, the great space is very different; more mysterious, but more personal. Irregular stabs of light pierce half-closed doors and shuttered windows. There is subdued chatter, some music, faces at upper windows, figures silhouetted on back-lit balconies. If this had been a town in Britain the noise would surely have been growing by now; there would be laughter, fights, shouting and raucousness. Then a familiar smell drifts across from the half-lit balconies, spicing the cold night air with a sweet aroma and bringing on a flush of nostalgia.
Now I understand why it's so quiet. Everyone's stoned.
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- Series: Sahara
- Day: 4
- Country/sea: Morocco
- Place: Chefchaouen
- Book page no: 26
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