Our next destination is place called Guelmim, a little city almost to the southernmost of Morocco. Honestly I have never heard of the city.It was not even on the Google map (unless you zoom in the details). It is more than 400km away from Marakesh. As old adage said, it is not the destination but the journey that matters. The journey was well worth it despite the long hours and freezing temperature. Large part of the journey involved twisting roads through the famous Argan producing region. I must say I did not know anything about Argan oil but the ladies cannot stop talking about it as soon as they reached Rabat. Apparently argan oil is a much sought after beauty oil and Morocco is the only country in the world producing it. It is definitely expensive, in Rabat, I was told, 100ml costs 200 dirham.Trust the ladies.They know best.
I did not check the map but was made to understand that Guelmim is about 450km from Marakesh. Another long journey. We left early morning so that we can reach our destination by mid afternoon. We are supposed to have lunch with the Governor of Guelmim and visit a college. The journey was mixed pathways of motorways, state roads and winding mountainous roads. As soon as we left Marakesh, on both sides of the roads we can see a lot of greeneries especially olives orchards but as we moved further down south, the road become more twisted and the land become barren. This is the cacti, mountain goats, camels and argan land. Maybe because fresh green leaves dificult to come by, the mountain goats not only able to climb hilly and mountainous slopes, they can even climb the trees. I saw a few cases of goats happily perched on top of three to five metre trees! Amazing.
We reached Guelmim by mid noon and the Governor treated us to a sumptious lunch at his residence. We never expect this kind of treatment. He is a keen admirer of Tun dr M. We had to canstantly reminded him that TDM had retired many moons ago. In fact many people that i met in Morocco still talking about him every time they were told that we were from Malaysia. Such a hold that great man has on the Islamic world.
The dates that they presented as starters were really out of this world. The jewel dates are produce of Guelmim.