What you gon’ do with all that donkey

Posted June 27, 2006 at 9:40 am 8 Comments
I’m currently sitting at a small desk on the second floor of this building with my laptop plugged into a 10Mbps hub, surrounded by teenage Fassis using MSN Messenger to chat with their friends in a mixture of French, Moroccan Arabic, and emoticons.

Cyber Cafe


Fes is a city full of striking contrasts between old and new. Parts of it seem suspended in time; while wandering around the Medina-city of Fes el Bali, you feel transported to the Middle Ages, but then you’ll be yanked rapidly into the present when you notice that the donkeys traversing the narrow streets are loaded down with cases of Coca-Cola and propane canisters. While marveling at the picturesque skyline of gilded mosque towers and ancient buildings, you’ll notice that the roofs are peppered with antennas and satellite dishes as far as the eye can see.
One minute you’ll be admiring the extravagant zelij tilework of a 14th century medersa, imagining the lives of craftsmen ages ago, and then you’ll suddenly hear the crackly refrain of “My Humps” drifting out the window of a nearby fondouk. I find it paradoxically amusing that a few minutes after riding a donkey through the Dyers’ Souk I can wander into a cyber cafe and update my blog.

Cost for a five-minute donkey ride: 15 dirham. Cost for one hour of broadband internet access: 10 dirham. I’m not sure what this says about the local economy.



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  1. Hey I used your wesley willis song generator and I think I came across a gem!! Too bad he isn’t alive still. Next time your in philly I will buy u a cheesesteak for recognizing such a great artist…

    Comment by Michelle — July 24, 2006 #

  2. I apologize for this comment, but I can’t seem to find any contact info in your blog.

    I would simply like to know what plugin you use for pictures in your blog. I’m running Owen Winkler’s Exhibit, but it doesn’t allow me to attach pictures or thumbnails in the midst of the text.

    Thanks for any help, and doubly so for all the songs you’ve released. I enjoy them viciously! ^^


    Comment by Ulf — July 30, 2006 #

  3. In Toronto, cost of Bus Fare: $2.50…cost of 1 hour broadband internet access: $2.00.

    Are these prices comparable to the donkey ride and internet access in Fes?

    Comment by John — August 21, 2006 #

  4. Daniel- just wanted to tell you how much I enjoyed your website, etc! Now I know what geeksta rap is! In case you are wondering, I am your aunt. It is so nice to see what you have been up to, the last I remember, aside from the pictures MJ sends was that you were in a space ship simulator! I really enjoyed your comments and photos of Japan, and the German video. I will keep watching out for any new updates. Your Girlfriend? is lovely.

    Comment by ann — September 1, 2006 #

  5. forgot to tell you that it was GREAT meeting you and you are a hell of a guy!

    thanks for the opportunity!

    Comment by ytcracker — September 1, 2006 #

  6. Hey, you need to set up a MySpace bands page so I can put “So Much Drama in the PhD” on my page…

    Comment by CsquaredPhD — September 14, 2006 #

  7. The new Ethan Allen Commercial has the music from So Much drama…I was looking for you in it…

    Comment by Brad — September 21, 2006 #

  8. I love the new Ethan Allen Commercial! Fantastic with the new spice of drama in it.

    Comment by Tim Lawyer — October 30, 2011 #

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