Riding-on-the-Marrakesh-Express DO Dec. 16-18, 2011

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  1. MikeMpls
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    Looking at the world through the sunset in your eyes
    Traveling the train through clear Moroccan skies
    Ducks and pigs and chickens call
    ...
    Wouldn't you know we're riding on the Marrakesh Express


    Dec. 16 (Fri): The usual suspects assemble in Casablanca
    Dec. 17 (Sat): --> Marrakesh on the train ("Marrakesh Express")
    Dec. 18 (Sun): Marrakesh

    There appear to be 9 trains daily, so we'll take one in mid/late afternoon for those who can't arrive until Saturday. Unlike Graham Nash, I expect most of us will opt to stay en 1ère Classe.

    As best I can tell, this will be the first DO on the African continent. There was one in Tenerife in the Canary Islands a while back, but those are Spanish territory & not on the African mainland itself.

    They're taking me to Marrakesh
    All on board the train, all on board the train
    All on board



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    MikeMpls & WifeMpls​


    Interested (9) from "that other forum".

    This will be the "official" thread for this event. I will continue to monitor the original announcement in "that other forum".
     
  2. the_happiness_store
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    I'm interested on this forum.
     
  3. Misplaced Texan
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    Intriguing.

    I already have my "Christmas-to-New Year" trip planned, but December is the slowest time of the year for me so there's nothing saying I couldn't sneak this in.

    Consider me on the "interest" list for now. Like MiPo membership, this might be too cool to pass up.
     
  4. TrueBlueFlyer
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    While in Marrakech this December I ran into a few girls from LA that took the train from Casablanca to Marrakech (and back) they said it was pretty impressive but be sure to go first class.
     
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    Did they pass on any information on how to get upgraded?

    Don't remember my status, but I'm here and I'm interested. Great idea, even if I can't make it.
     
  6. roadwarrior365
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    So Iam almost ready to confirm I am looking at booking the flights next week.Should I confirm here or on the other site?;)
     
  7. yankiwi
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    I'm certainly very interested and have carried out a little research on the best (cheapest) way to get there from CHC. As I want to stay within *Alliance, it looks like SQ to FRA then TP to CMN.

    It's too early for me to confirm but I'll keep working on it.
     
  8. MikeMpls
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    We plan to be in FRA the weekend before for the Advents DO. That's definitely the route to take :) if you can lengthen your vacation a bit.
     
  9. yankiwi
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    Good thinking! It's a long long haul from NZ and it doesn't make sense to visit only one place so this would fit in nicely. Thanks!
     
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    Hmm can I work this into my schedule?

    Perhaps as an EK requal run.
     
  11. Tkey
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    Mike, are you going to xfer the names from that "other thread" over or should I re-declare my interest here?
     
  12. MikeMpls
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    I hope nobody has bought tickets yet.

    We have not flown domestically since my wife received her Thanksgiving Grope on the way home Nov. 1, and I'm rather liking our TSA-free, grope-free existence.

    We had a great time at the Athens DO in December (non-refundable tickets had us "hooked" anyway), and that was where I hatched the idea for the Marrakesh DO, but after not stepping on a plane for almost 3 months now, I'm just not excited about it any more. It's possible to find other pursuits that don't involve getting groped and hassled by knuckle-draggers, and we've done that.

    I'd like to see the outcome of some cases currently in the courts, but unless there are some favorable changes in the next month or two, I'm not going to go through with this.
     

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