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Mike Elgan
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A dog's life

This dog lives near our riad in Fez.

Cats and dogs in the Medina (old part of the city) are mostly homeless, and not pets. This dog is no exception.

A few days ago, we saw the dog with a horrible injury on its leg. It was bleeding and he couldn't stand on it.

Since that injury, a tiny mob of children come to our riad once a day and ask the riad's owner for medical supplies to help the dog. He gives them fresh bandages, tape and stuff like that, and the kids re-dress the wound every day.

The dog is totally cooperative during his medical attention, too, not resisting at all.

We noticed today that he's able to walk on the leg again. So far, so good.

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#dog #fez
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The locals here are a reliable metric for food quality

It's a cliche to say that you should eat where the locals eat. But here in Fez, it's easy advice to follow, and incredibly sound advice.

As you walk around the Medina, the stalls are selling all kinds of stuff, and they're jammed close together. Some are deserted, others enjoy moderate customer traffic and still others are mobbed with a crowd.

We've tried all the above, and discovered an almost perfect correlation between mob density and food quality.

Here we found a small mob around a stall selling pickled veggies and fruits, as well as olives. Amira joined the pack, and while waiting observed what the locals were choosing. She chose the same stuff, including some spicy olives, and it was all incredible.

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#fez #morocco #olives

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5/23/17
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Just ate this camel burger

Pretty good, once you get over the initial hump. ; )

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#fez #camelmeat
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Date night in the Medina

Fez seems to know that I'm obsessed with dates, and so arranged for my sojourn here with booths like this. Sweet!!

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#fez
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How trash works in the medina

The Medina part of Fez is the ancient, walled city, which is characterized by meandering cobblestone lanes, crooked buildings and narrow alleys. In fact, it's the largest car-free urban area in the world.

Without motorized vehicles, they use carts, horses and donkeys to transport things inside the Medina.

So how do they deal with trash collection?

That's what I wondered on my first day because I had a piece of paper to throw away, and there were no trashcans to be found.

Next morning, we got up early to wander around, and I found out.

As far as I can tell, people just throw trash on the ground. Then, at night or in the early morning, somebody comes along and sweeps it all into piles. Then the trash guys come around, and use two pieces of cardboard to pick up the trash and throw into a giant sack on a trash donkey — a donkey used for trash collection. It also appears that these donkeys feed on the edible trash.

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5/22/17
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Is it possible to love a surge protector?

I did a ton of research before buying this surge protector for my trip to Spain and Morocco.

The reason is that I blew up some electronics on my previous trip, and want to avoid that.

So I bought this JOTO 2 outlet surge protector: https://goo.gl/FGGrB4

After using it for a couple months, I can tell you that it's ideal for my needs.

It's got two US three-prong plugs, three USB plugs (5V 2.4A Max) and one Type C plug (5V 3A Max). I usually have every plug in use charging everything at once, and it always charges reliably at high speed.

The electronics inside maximize compatibility with the devices, and also protect from over-heating, over-current and over-charging — when each battery is fully charged, the JOTO 2 shuts off power to that device. And get this: It's rated at 4,320 joules of protection! (That's a LOT.)

It sounds like a strange thing to care about, but the fit and finish of these device is ultra high quality. It's solid as a rock.

https://goo.gl/FGGrB4

Here's all the gear I use and recommend: http://gastronomad.net/gear/

#surgeprotection
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This turtle

This guy was wandering around the restaurant I had lunch at. I think he fell in love with my shoe. 
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Moroccan tapas

This was all quite amazing.

#fez #morocco
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The Auto-Awesomes of Morocco

Pea soup in a 1,300-year-old city.

#fez #morocco
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I love stepping down to the tarmac when I get off an airplane

And I hate being herded through those airport habitrails, which the Fez, Morocco, airport does not have. : )


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