We met Mustapha quite by accident at the coffee shop in the square after taking the night train to Marrakesch from Asilah and couldn't believe he lived so close to the square but was a whole different world. We planned on two days but took a 3 day trip to the desert and returned for two more days, before reluctantly heading off to our next destination. His family greeted us very warmly, sharing a meal of chicken and couscous with them, then later that evening Mustapha came with us to watch the football finals with Morocco and Libya at a big screen TV in the square, explaining anything we wanted to know and giving us a mud map to find our way around the medina for the next day. His mother took me to the local sauna "hammam" and Mustapha took my husband to experience a totally non-touristy but excellent body sauna ad scrub with local products then we returned to the house for his sister to give both of us a totally professional massage. What bliss. On our return after the desert trip, his sister returned to wax my legs using organic local products and then we both had a deluxe facial with local products. Who could be more pampered than that? Then our camera ran out of battery power and Mustapha agreed to take some pictures of his family with us and send them to us - nothing was too much trouble, their kindness and warmth was a truly memorable experience. I was given a gift of a shawl when we left, feeling already like part of their family. This is a NOT TO BE MISSED experience of Marrakesch. Di from Sydney Australia
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