A good end cannot sanctify evil means; nor must we ever do evil, that good may come of it... We are too ready to retaliate, rather than forgive... And yet we could hurt no man that we believe loves us. Let us try then what love will do: for if men did once see we love them, we should soon find they would not harm us. Force may subdue, but Love gains: and he that forgives first, wins the laurel.
William Penn

Be patterns, be examples in all countries, places, islands, nations wherever you come; that your carriage and life may preach among all sorts of people, and to them; then you will come to walk cheerfully over the world, answering that of God in everyone...
George Fox

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Down to Meknès

Chefchaouen was a good rest, and we met many interesting people there, from Abdul the carpet dealer, to Andy the cyclist from New Zealand who has been quietly cycling through Europe for the past eight months and is now heading into the south of Morocco. Many of the travelers in Chefchaouen have stories that make our walk uninteresting by comparison.
After three day's walking and camping by the road we've arrived in Ouazzane, where we are passing through on the way to Meknès. We have changed our route to Fes to include Meknès because we were invited by two very friendly motorists to stay with them there after they had noticed the 'peace pilgrim' sign I wear on my back.
The country we have passed through is olive country, and the river is literally purple-black from the olive press runoff. There is plowing going on everywhere, including steep slopes, most of it done with a donkey. Many of the olive presses are also 'donkey-powered'.
Ouazzane is very different from the other cities we've visited; there is no tourist-friendly facade here. We hope to arrive in Meknès in a week, and we hope to find a means to a bath before then so that we are somewhat welcome!

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