Later on we passed by a small 1 room school and peeked inside. The teacher invited us inside to visit with the children who were about 6-8 years old. We all had a great time playing with the kids. They were very interested in hearing us speak. Cindy showed them how to count to 10 in American and they loved it. Beautiful kids. Of course the teacher asked for a small donation to help with the school, so we did.
After getting back to our Riad Cindy and I did a cooking class with the chef, Fatima. It was pretty interesting to see the different spices they use. Of course one time when I forgot and was stirring a pot with my left hand she seemed shocked that I would use my left hand to prepare food. She said that they don't use their left hand for preparing or eating food. I had to explain that I was left handed and it was difficult for me to remember to not use my left hand. She was surprised that Americans use their left hands for food. Difficult cultures, but this is really a cultural/religious Muslim tradition.
It was really difficult to remember to eat only with my right hand.
Well, we ended up missing our 7 am train so took the 10 am train to Tangier where we would take the 4 pm ferry to Tarifa. Nope, train took longer than we thought and got to Tangier at 3:40. Got a taxi to the ferry station, went to passport control and hit a bottleneck. Finally got through and literally ran to the ferry only to see it pull away as we got to the dock. Oh well, so we sat in the shade and waited an hour for the next ferry. Finally got into Tarifa, David went ahead of Denise, Cindy, and I with the luggage so he could get the car out of the parking garage before it closed. Then an hour and half drive to Marbella for a couple nights. We passed by the rock of Gibraltar and saw it lit up with spotlights, pretty impressive.
So today we're just relaxing and resting from our difficult day of travel yesterday. Tomorrow we catch our 9:30 flight to Madrid, then Dallas, and finally the Big Easy! Scott is planning to pick us up at the airport. I just hope we can sleep when we get in so we'll be rested Saturday to see Ella!
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|Cindy bargaining hard|
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