Journal of a Journey: Day 2 in Morocco

Differences between Morocco and the rest of the world 🙂

  • In Morocco the motorbikes come to you from all sides and if you go with the flow they dodge you.
  • In Marrakech life happens outside, on the street, on the floor. Everything is outside.
  • In Marrakech a walk around the Medina is a whole adventure, where you don’t know what you can find
  • In Marrakech the food comes fresh to your door. This morning I saw a delivery of a pretty alive sheep to the door of a man who was observing it with care.
  • In Morocco the call for prayer is heard several times a day, no matter where you are. No matter how many tourists and how modern this country is. The religion is the backbone of this society, and an amazing part of Moroccan life.
  • The sun shines bright all year long.
  • The smells of the streets are a mix of meat, freshly cooked Msemen (the best bread in the world), dirt, donkeys and incense. It is all mixed in a wonderful atmosphere that triggers all senses.
  • People in Morocco talk a lot and smiles at you on the street. And no, not only for selling.
  • The sweetest smiles and politeness are found in the street of Medina Marrakech. Nothing can make me think the opposite.
  • In Morocco there is time for everything. People in Medina walk very slow. Take their time to be curious and to say hi to friends.
  • Msemen. Nothing to add.
  • The time that takes you to arrive from one point to the other in Medina depends on the amount of Donkeys you find on your way.
  • People wash their face from small water buckets on the street. Again. Everything happens on the street.
  • Everything is open until pass midnight. In fact, that is when most business are open.
  • Siesta time is respected from 13-17 approx. And I respect THAT.
  • Moroccan eyes don’t lie. Moroccan mouths on the other hand… 😉
  • In Morocco we fix stuff, not buy new ones all the time.
  • You are basically obligated to stop several times a day to have a mint tea.
  • A coffee is sipped not drank. It can take about one hour or two to finish one cup of espresso.
  • Moroccans can be the most faithful friends you can find. If they get to trust you.
  • Moroccans speak an average of 3 languages each. Which is amazing to me.
  • In Morocco there is always a way. No matter what you are looking for, they can find it. And sell it.
  • They will sell everything, if they don’t have it they make it.
  • It is an offense not to bargain. Always ask for Moroccan price 😉 If you are nice enough you will get away with a good price deal, and maybe a small souvenir as a present.
  • Kindness is for free.
  • If you ask for some chicken legs at the local traditional butcher you will get to see a chicken getting killed in front of your eyes. The freshest you will ever find.
  • Meat is hanging out in the air and there is no smell.
  • Cats rule the city. Never seen a mouse.
  • There are almost none street dogs.
  • Look where you walk in Jema El-Fna. You may step on a snake.
  • There are small monkeys chained walking around with their owner as a tourist attraction. According to my Moroccan friend, the monkeys create a bond with the man that owns them and they trust them. So I felt less bad.
  • Donkeys pick up trash from the street in early morning.
  • Moroccan hand crafts are the most beautiful I have ever seen. Hand work is highly delicate and exquisite.
  • Most sellers will talk to you in French first, English second and Spanish finally. If you are not interested just smile and keep walking.
  • Many on the street will ask you where are you from. It is natural curiosity. The same way the Westerners feel curious about these culture and life styles, they feel the same way toward tourists. Be nice. If not interested in conversation just smile and keep walking.
  • Here if you touch, it will be hard not to buy.  Better just ‘look’ with the eyes 😉
  • Do not make the seller make you show everything if you are not interest in buying. That is just not polite, they have a strong selling culture here. And you must respect that.
  • Come to Morocco. It is unforgettable

God Bless Morocco and its beautiful people ❤

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