Life in Marrakech

Trip Start Jan 14, 2008
Trip End Ongoing

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Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Hello all,

It's been quite a while since my last in Morocco has been quite busy. Immediately on my return to Morocco I led two trips back to back, and now, at last, I have a bit of time off. Observations that I've made on life over here, in the past few weeks since returning from the States and especially over the past few days include:

1. Crossing the street in Marrakech is one of those experiences that teaches you about the inherent fragility of human life. More specifically, it makes you intimately aware of just how easy it would be for your measly human form to be crushed like a bug on a windshield by a car, bus, motorcycle, bicycle, donkey cart, or horsedrawn carriage. Every time you cross the street, you find yourself suddenly thankful for getting another five minutes of life.
2.Western tourists need to wear more clothing. I don't care how hot it is, shorts and a tube top do not constitute proper apparel here when the locals are covered from head to to. This includes men.

3. Bureaucracy at any level--including the post office-- requires the patience of a minor god if you want to get anything done.

4. Air conditioning is possibly the highest pinnacle of human achievement since the invention of the wheel. Can openers and ice cubes come in a close second.
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