1124 Hiking with the Schoolboys (Mor 366)

Trip Start Aug 15, 2011
Trip End Ongoing

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Flag of Morocco  , Souss-Massa-Drâa,
Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Day 055: 2 hours, 2.4 kms

Continuing on to the next town, some of the boys offer to accompany me. Since I've been guilty of contributing to truancy a couple times before I remind them that their supposed to be in class.  "Oh, we just got off school" they reassure me. 

The hike to Agoubt isn’t to far—but would still be a miserable walk to make during the hot months.  I ask why they don’t have bicycles “we used to… but they broke down”…

They ask what my job is and I tell them I’m an English teacher.  “Can’t you come teach us English here?” they ask “our high school English teacher left and now we don’t have one”  They continue complaining about how often the teachers in these parts aren’t that serious.  Getting a good education in these parts is difficult… but not nearly as difficult as, say, the other side of the river…

We sit in the shade of a palm grove to play some more music and they pick some dates and share with me (I learn later that “stealing” cheap dates for a quick snack is permitted in these parts—but not the expensive dates).  A enjoyable experience—and it will also go down in my record book as one of those rare occurrences when a fellow hiker or hikers join me for a walk from one town to another. 
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