Monday, 1 November 2010

The truth really does stink.

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The souks (markets) in Marrakech are filled with beautiful leather goods, ceramics, scarves and much more. One of T's favourite things to do whilst she was in Marrakech was to barter - there is nothing more invigorating than skilfully and successfully agreeing on a price that is 1/2 {or less} of the original asking price.


It's all down to one's unwillingness to budge.


The one sad reality that Traveller learnt upon arriving back in Britain was that the bags she bartered so persistently for actually really smell. Like really.


It's a mixture between old goat and camel and something else less appealing that Traveller really can't bring herself to type.


As a result, T currently has three very beautiful bags that are hiding in the broom closet in order to protect T from their overpowering stench.


Heart-breaking stuff for Traveller but good news for you - now you can spare yourself from making the same rookie error if you travel to Marrakech!

3 comments:

Donna @ Thirsty? said...

Hey J, love your work!! Thanks for the smile! I found this post that might help... http://news.thriftyfun.com/tf45754933.tip.html looks like a combination of baking soda and later oil based leather conditioner might help but it seems its the humidity that brings out the smell. Poor globetrotting shopppers - especially the lady whose shoulder smelled like camel wee all day at work from the bag strap!!!

The Gourmet Traveller said...

Hey Donna! Thanks for the tip - I actually have read that article and was mortified about the camel wee! :) I tried the baking soda and it hasn't seemed to help yet... might give the leather conditioner a go! Thanks heaps! I hope you are well!

Krysten @ After 'I Do' said...

Oh my gosh! Well thanks for the tips, definitely does not sound like a good smell!

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