Got mine! U? April 27, 2011 9:01 AM   Subscribe

Followup to HopperFan's postcard post...

Got mine today! And I learned about Marabouts, thanks to HopperFan.
posted by Thorzdad to MetaFilter-Related at 9:01 AM (18 comments total) 2 users marked this as a favorite

I got mine!
posted by jessamyn (staff) at 9:17 AM on April 27, 2011

Got mine a couple days ago, as HopperFan was headed to Marrakech. The postcard was really cool, there was a nice note, and some totally sweet stamps on it. Plus, it got me singing "Marrakesh Express" to myself all afternoon. It was awesome.

Thanks, HopperFan!
posted by rollbiz at 9:21 AM on April 27, 2011

Got mine! Written on the same train ride as rollbiz's.
posted by Obscure Reference at 10:41 AM on April 27, 2011

I got one too and was delighted.

In fact, I saved up capital letters and exclamation points for just this sort of moment. Might as well spend them now.

posted by Astro Zombie at 11:35 AM on April 27, 2011

Got an awesome one! its up on the fridge. many thanks!
posted by milestogo at 11:36 AM on April 27, 2011

I'm afraid I failed in sending out all the postcards I meant to while on my trip, for two reasons:

1. I got really ill about 2/3rds of the way through the trip. "La grippe" (flu), sinus infection, sore throat (no eating or sleeping for 3-4 days), eye infection... The idiot doctor apparently objected to the fact that I came back twice to see him (you know, because not eating/sleeping seems kinda serious to me), and he kept saying "C'est pas grave!" Finally, he gave me some kind of liquid medicine "pour le stress," which I did not take, because I didn't recognize the name. I came to discover that the medicine is "a atypical antipsychotic drug of the benzamide class used mainly in the treatment of psychosis associated with schizophrenia and major depressive disorder." !!! This bout of sickness also involved me giving myself a shot of penicillin in the butt one morning around 4am, by candlelight. Good times.

2. It turns out that the few users that suggested this might be more expensive than I thought were right - each postcard was 20 Dh, which is currently $2.58 US.

HOWEVER! I have a whole stack of Moroccan postcards that I brought back, so those that were left to mail on my list will still get a cool postcard with a neat photo, albeit with a boring postmark from Ohio. These will be mailed out as soon as I finish coughing up the remnants of my poor lungs. :)
posted by HopperFan at 12:09 PM on April 27, 2011 [1 favorite]

Well, I appreciate actually getting one from abroad, and to those of you who didn't ...

FACE. Ha ha HA! Suckers!
posted by Astro Zombie at 12:13 PM on April 27, 2011

No worries! It's still a Moroccan postcard!

(as to the liquid medicine...betcha he was giving it to you to make you sleep. )
posted by St. Alia of the Bunnies at 12:13 PM on April 27, 2011

Make me sleep...permanently.

I also don't understand why he insisted on doing an ultrasound of my belly on each visit.

It could have been worse - when my friend broke some bones in his foot in Morocco, they gave him Pepto Bismol. Another lady got some kind of injection when she got sick and had hallucinations for two months afterwards.
posted by HopperFan at 12:47 PM on April 27, 2011

Moroccan postcards. Is that anything like French letters?
posted by Crabby Appleton at 12:57 PM on April 27, 2011

I got my postcard today and I couldn't be more thrilled. The picture, the handwritten note, and the stamps all made my day.

I really hope you're feeling better HopperFan and if I'm ever somewhere silly I'll return the favor.

I wish I could say in words how much this raised my spirits today. I can only say a very heartfelt "Thank You"
posted by Clinging to the Wreckage at 12:59 PM on April 27, 2011

Got my postcard and love it, thanks so much yet again :)
posted by deezil at 3:16 PM on April 27, 2011

I also don't understand why he insisted on doing an ultrasound of my belly on each visit.

Maybe he thought you were pregnant. The health clinic at my college always asked if you were pregnant, no matter what the complaint. Feeling sick in the mornings? Maybe you're pregnant. Tooth bothering you? Maybe you're pregnant. Sprained your ankle? Maybe you're pregnant.
posted by maryr at 7:29 PM on April 27, 2011

Got mine as well and it's beautiful. The note, also, is atmospheric and lovely. I'm really appreciative - especially now that I know it wasn't so easy to pull off! Thank you and glad you're feeling better.
posted by Miko at 9:26 PM on April 27, 2011

Morale of the story: When traveling in interesting places, be sure you know how to find a clinic you can trust... Knowing how to find the expat scene can be useful for this, or, failing that, one could call around to international-type hotels.

Good thing to think about as I get ready to move to Kenya...
posted by kaibutsu at 11:08 PM on April 27, 2011

Well, the moral is that sometimes good health care is just not immediately available and you have to fend for yourself as best you can. I've spent a ton of time in Morocco (this was my 15th trip), I know most everyone in the area I was in, and I had travel health insurance. I also know all the expats in the area, and many across Morocco, and my in-laws own a hotel that caters to all nationalities. The doctor in question is known as the "best in the area" (which he likely is, given some of the horror stories I've heard about the others) - of course, I could have gone to Marrakech to find a more decent doctor, but that's a 6-7 hour trip, half of which is over the mountains.
posted by HopperFan at 5:56 AM on April 28, 2011


Thanks for your postcard! Glad you're back and (sort of) OK. I just heard about the bomb attack at the cafe in Marrakech - damn.
posted by lukemeister at 2:37 PM on April 28, 2011

Thanks, lukemeister - I've been to that cafe a zillion times, and some of the postcards were actually mailed from the post office very close to it...
posted by HopperFan at 3:29 PM on April 28, 2011

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