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July 24, 2010 Posted by tahir in Travel

Swiss Train

Two weeks ago I was aboard the fabulous Glacier Express, travelling through the Swiss Alps. I had been asked to write about the experience by Lonely Planet Magazine, and was travelling in the back of the train in the luxury of first class. This morning I heard that the same train went off the rails on a viaduct yesterday. A woman in first class was killed and dozens more injured. As for my article on the virtues of the Swiss transport system… well, I guess it will never now see the light of day. A sad day for Swiss trains and the extraordinary Glacier Express.


Back to Reality

There can be nothing quite so realistic as arriving back to Morocco from Switzerland. And I must tell you that, while I enjoyed my travels in the clockwork country, it’s Morocco’s own blend of harmony that I cherish beyond all else. This evening, as I rushed to a meeting, hoping to avoid the Friday chaos on the roads, I slipped down a one way street… the wrong way. Unfortunately for me, the police happened to be coming up the street, in the correct direction. I had a jab of panic… thought of Swiss authority… The policeman looked at me all nervous and sweating. He raised an eyebrow. I spun out a story about deadlines and an angry wife who became ever angrier on Fridays, especially when her husband has been locked up for misdemeanors. The officer burst out laughing, shook my hand boisterously, and redirected the traffic, to allow me to continue up the one way street, the wrong way.

Thank god for the real world. Thank god for Morocco.


June 26, 2010 Posted by tahir in Travel

Sleeping in Straw

I’m travelling through the Swiss Alps, to make an article for Lonely Planet Magazine. Last night slept in a barn in straw… What culture shock being in this green, green valley… especially after Casablanca.