I have been working in Chichaoua since 2006. People in general , and my innocent students in particular , rarely praise this tiny city.”Come on teacher , There is nothing to do in this city…we really feel bored “,are words that my ears are used to hear. Last Thursday, I was invited to join a group of teachers for a guys’ trip ( trip for men only ). I was glad to discover that Chichaoua is not really as black as it is painted.
1- Imin Doonit is a Berber village 82 km south east Chichaoua. There is a wonderful scene of a rocky gorge. The weather is usually warm in this region, but once inside the gorge you can’t feel your toes anymore. It’s really chilly.
We did find the weekly souk in its peak . We bought fresh vegetables and fruits from the generous farmers. We watched some chicken being kindly (hhh) slaughtered.Then, we bargained with a mean cook . We did have a good bargain ( 10 dh per tajin) .
There is a river flowing smoothly between the rocks. Many girls are singing while doing their house chores ( washing clothes, cleaning their heels,etc ) .
2- Taskourt Lake : is a newly built dam in the region of Imin Doonit. It’ s a medium size lake . But, the road is not yet ready for cars and modern means of transport.
3- A village on a ship : The village name is BELQASS. It is built on a rocky hillock. The most beautiful scene is when you stand in front of the village. You will get the feeling that you are standing in front of TITANIC.
4- French Bureau: We discovered that even in this virgin region , France did leave its fingerprints. There is a place named the French court. It is partially demolished today. It was a place for justice and announcing verdicts.You can see that they built 4 or 5 cozy cells for inmates. Walking around makes you feel that some souls are tracking you. Our guide ( teacher of history) sarcastically said that there might be an angel watching a treasure. Who knows !!!