I spent a few days in the doldrums. Mainly I was frustrated that Lonely Planet wouldn’t confirm my Morocco tour. As the days passed I envisioned a big bill for airfare to Marrakech since I’d be buying the ticket just a day or two before leaving.
But things worked out. They finally confirmed and I was able to figure out an economical way to get to Marrakech. Tomorrow morning I board a train here to Lisbon (six hours, $20). Then I’ll take a short bus ride to the airport for a plane to Morocco ($220). I found a nice place via Airbnb in Marrakech where I’ll spend two nights before joining the LP tour on Friday morning.
My Airbnb host here was great and we had some nice conversations over gin & tonic’s. Olhao is a peaceful seaside town of about 10,000, swollen by thousands of summertime tourists. I did some swimming and some kayaking but overall this wasn’t the most exciting place I’ve ever been. Portugal is a well-run, modern European nation which means there hasn’t been much drama. I’m happy to be going to a new place tomorrow.