Bumps in the Tareek
LuAnn gives us her final thoughts on the Morocco trip and Alex's outburst.
This episode finds us winding down the trip of a lifetime to Morocco and although we had a few bumps in the tareek (road), the trip ended on a really positive note. I was glad that all the girls had a good time and that we left Morocco better friends than when we arrived.
I was hoping that Jill and Ramona would leave their fight back in New York City and not bring it Morocco. After Jill and Ramona went to their respective corners of the riad, I thought I'd see how Ramona was doing because I'd already spoken with Jill and she seemed pretty upset by the whole debacle. Ramona seemed receptive to a glass of pinot grigiot, and we most likely would have had a nice conversation had Alex not inserted herself between Ramona and the glass of vino I was trying to give her! I decided that the best option was to pour myself a glass of wine and leave Ramona to her feelings.
I don't think I've seen sexier women than those Moroccan belly dancers. They really know how to shake it! I thought that overall the ladies had a great time. Ramona's tipping the dancers like they were strippers may not have been such a great idea. I loved Sonja's choice of restaurants!
Unfortunately, I missed the tour because I was sore from my camel ride. Mustapha is a gem, and I was impressed with his knowledge of the palace and how male/female relationships worked a century ago and how they work today in Morocco. Jill was definitely inspired by the tapestries, which is understandable since she works in the fabric business. I'm sure Jill came away with so many great ideas from the tour.
I should have known something was up when I heard the stampede down the stairs while we getting our henna tattoos. It was like being ambushed by an angry elephant! In my opinion, she was way more worked up than the situation warranted and she was provoking an argument rather than expressing her emotions. The scene where Kelly calms Alex down by shushing her and making her close her eyes is destined to become a Housewives classic!
While Alex was freaking out, Ramona and Sonja were having a good time scoping out the caftans. That should show Alex that Ramona can take care of herself and that she's able to move on from upset to mischief within a short time span.
I worked very hard to plan that dinner with the staff and I thought it was insulting to the staff and to the other women when the girls didn't show. The girls knew that dinner was at 8 pm without a doubt. Ramona's excuse that she forgot was lame. If they wanted to have dinner in their rooms, that was fine -- but they needed to let me know.
The reason I wanted to speak with Ramona had nothing to do with her fight with Jill. I wanted to talk to her about what the fortune teller said and I wanted her to know that I was there for her because she was obviously upset by the fortune teller's prediction.
I think Jill and Ramona did move past their fight, and it looks like they both have work to do regarding their relationship. I certainly hope they will get past this.
We made one our meal ourselves in Morocco, and we learned how to make the perfect tangine. What was great about this lesson is that we can take our new-found culinary skills back to the U.S. and recreate some of the food magic we experienced in Morocco. Although I wonder how you could make a tangine in a toaster oven, I'm sure that Sonja will figure it out.
I loved the caftan, the Moroccan makeup and they way they put up my hair. I felt like an Arabian Princess and all the women looked beautiful.
The Moroccan people were so gracious and made our trip one to remember. I had hoped for less drama but with seven women in one house, I guess that was too much to hope for. The house was perfection and the camel ride at sunset was certainly something I will never forget.
You'll see us back in New York City next week where the fun continues.