How do you sum up Morocco?
After 3 entertaining weeks in this amazing country, here are just a few random observations, each worthy of an exclamation mark!
* Moroccan fruit goes off quickly but has great taste!
* You still see guys with yellow vests standing at railway crossings with flags to warn motorists about oncoming trains!
* There is a shepherd for every small flock of sheep, herd of cattle etc!
* What a life for many, with no way of ever escaping poverty!
* Lots of guys hang out at the coffee shops!
* The regular calls to prayer are ubiquitous!
* Some areas of Fez have had running water for over 20 centuries! – Some still haven’t got it!
* Who grows prickly pear?!
* Almost all of the houses are square-shaped and many look unfinished!
* The outside of a dwelling may look ordinary, but the inside may not! Some riads are like palaces inside!
* How do camels last so long without water?!
* Thank god for dung beetles or there would be a lot of camel shit in the desert!
* Morocco needs a better garbage collection system, involving bins!
* One often becomes aware of the distinctive Moroccan smell, which is a mix of garbage, olive oil, spices, donkey shit and rotten fruit!
* You can’t make a huge living selling single cigarettes on a side street!
* It is possible to learn 7 languages, quite fluently, without ever leaving your village!
* And the main square of Marrakech has to be seen to be believed, with its acrobats, storytellers, stalls, monkeys, snake-charmers, cafes, souvenirs, false teeth, exotic animal skins for sale, restaurants, arts and crafts, clothes, spices, lanterns and so on, especially at night!
* If you are lost then a guide seeking a tip is only steps away!
* The people are friendly and you will be sad to leave!