There are no games of chance – only games of skill in the Djemaa el-Fna. One is called soda fishing. I thought they were selling the sodas on the pavement but what they are really for is to frustrate and take your money.
You have a wooden ring attached to a long wooden pole by a string. You’re supposed to get the ring around the top of the soda bottle. Sounds simple? In theory – yes. In practice – nah.
5 dirham (58 cents US) gets you 5 minutes – or until you get tired of it. Ayana and I played for a good 15 minutes and still could not get the ring over the top of the bottle. They don’t ask for the stick back after 5 minutes because they know you will give up….eventually.
Marrakesh is one enormous, sensational shopping mall. The souks sell like everything from newly sculpted cedar to old woolen carpets and freshly ground spices. There are bargains to be had if your negotiation skills are up to the task.
Imagine miles of corridors like the one below. That is what you get in souks with every possible thing you would want to buy. From fragrances and clothing to jewelry and raw silk, you can get it here. The best bargaining advice: Be prepared to walk away. More than likely there is someone next door willing to give you the price you want. But don’t be obnoxious over a few dollars. If you feel the price is fair, pay the price. Remember that vendor has to eat, and so does his or her family.