Trip Start Feb 15, 2007
Trip End Jul 17, 2007

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Wednesday, March 14, 2007

We didn't have much energy or patience left for exploring another city, we just walked around a bit in the two days we had left in Morocco and spent most of the time sitting and talking, though we did see some beautiful things around. So, lacking much more to write about, here are some random thoughts and facts (?) about Morocco:
- Not every woman hides her hair here, but most do. And I found it impressive how much loose hair could draw attention when it was not the norm. :)
- Most cafés had only men sitting at their tables. A funny sight, a lot of men crowding a café, all drinking tea. Someone later told us that it was because men wanted some time alone, away from women's blabbering (this is what the guy told us, don't blame me :p)
- I thought there would be a lot of different tea types, as that is what they mostly drink, but there is only one: mint tea with a whole lot of sugar. Even when a restaurant had other kinds of tea in the menu, I ordered some and they were out.
- In our opinion the country is not nearly as dangerous as people think it is, it felt, in general, a lot safer than my own neighbourhood in Rio de Janeiro (which is among the safest), for example. We could walk late at night through narrow, bad-looking streets, clearly flagged as tourists (with big backpacks), and not feel threatened or be bothered. Exception made for Tanger, where we felt generally unsafe and which we left as soon as possible.
- On the other hand, we could not walk five minutes without being pestered by someone wanting to sell something. And their speech was very stereotypical, always saying at first that they don't want to sell anything and just want to practice a foreign language or be friends, only to try pushing us towards a shop or something of a friend or relative. Also they do not seemed to accept a negative answer and ultimately resorted to insulting us before they finally left. In these two weeks I met exactly one person who came to us to talk and really didn't try to sell anything. One in a very large lot.
- It was refreshing not to see as many industrialized products or big markets as elsewhere, but still we found coca-cola signs and soap boxes all around the country - even in the middle of nowhere.
That's about it, and I hope to update this log more often in the future. :)
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