At the train station in Marrakesh, the taxi driver told me that he could take me to the Medina for only 120 Dirhams or $15 (the actual cost is less than 10 Dirhams). I said Ok, but follow me, I need to ask one of those police officers a question about my visa. I told the officers that this man wants to charge me $15 to take me to the Medina, should I pay the price? The taxi driver run away before I even finished my sentence. The officers laughed so much that one of them told me: "you are killing me."
I was waiting in front of my hotel to take a bus to the movie studio. I was told the bus faire was two and half Dirhams. A taxi stopped and asked me if I was going to the studio, I said yes; he said 100 Dirhams for going, he could wait for me there for an hour and take me back for just 500 Dirhams.
In the Medina, there was a small kasbah to visit for 20 Dirhams; it was just a house with about seven or eight rooms. I showed my press card and entered for free; a guide approached me and said Monsieur Journalist, let me show you the kasbah for only 50 Dirahms. I told him I could not accept his offer because I signed a contract which forbids me to use any guide, except a guide book. Next time I visit Morocco, I will be glad to use his help. I spent less than six minutes to see everything to see in that kasbah.
Around 10 pm, I went to an Internet café, just to ask when they will be open the next day and how much I have to pay for one hour. I was told it was ten Dirhams an hour. A man who was there approached me after I left the place and said, those bastards are not real Muslims, the price is only five Dirhams. Before telling him that I was just asking, he took me to another cyber café and told the guy, don't charge him more than five Dirhams. After eight hours of bus ride, I just wanted to sleep. Anyway, I started the computer; he told me, he will be back in an hour and will take me to his shop to tell me about a great trip.
An hour later, he showed up; so we went to his shop. He showed me a photo album on camel safari and trips to Dades gorge. I told him, I have to leave tomorrow, but I will be back next week and I will go with him to all those beautiful places. The price of a three-day trip? I only charge you $500 and the third night you could stay with my family free of charge. But he told me that at this price, I had to buy my own lunch. At the hotel, when I checked in, the receptionist told me the price of a four-day tour is seventy five dollars. What a nice guy! He saved me five Dirhams on my Internet activities and only asked $500 for a tour! I promised him, by Tuesday next week, I will be there and ready to ride a camel, I asked for a gentle one.
In the Medina, I went to the Jewish quarter; a man in his late twenties showed me a store and told me that this is the synagogue and he is the keeper of the place; there is no rabbi in the Medina, so he performs all the ritual on every Saturday and also marry Jews in that synagogue. Then he told me that him and and his brother are the only Jews living in the town! All the Jews left Ouarzazat for Israel, right after the 1967 war! He called himself Anwar Massih (light of Jesus). A few minutes later I talked to some guys about the synagogue, they showed me a house which used to be a synagogue; then they said that the guy in the shop is called Mohammed.