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Morocco Day 2 (Part 2)

By Muriel

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Tangier: Old town main square

Tangier: Old town main square

During the church service, it was interesting to be in the minority. Aside from us, there were a handful of British people, with the remaining 50 - 60 people appearing to be from some other African nation; Ben and I surmised their original home may have been Somali or the Sudan. The quiet of the church service contrasted sharply with the sounds of the street market just outside the gates of the church. It felt like a refuge for us in more ways than one! And certainly this time around in Morocco, I felt like I needed more places of refuge. In many ways, it was more safe than twenty years ago and we didn't get ourselves into any situations like we had back then (ask me for the story sometime); however, I found I didn't enjoy it as much this time. After a couple of hours in the medina, I really needed to escape from the shop keepers and hustlers. Always having to be acutely aware of your belongings, facing two or three vendors at once and knowing that you're being subjected to an inflated price (even after haggling substantially) took its toll on my usual good nature. The great majority of times when we were approached in a friendly manner, asked about our country and enquired of whether we were enjoying Morocco were conversation starters for sales opportunities. In two or three instances, it was only after the person had left that we realized it had been an honest conversation and one we could enjoy in retrospect. I'm glad we went to Morocco so the girls could experience it for themselves but settling back into our 'home' in the Spanish countryside this evening has been a much-needed balm. (I'm also quite worn out due to the stressful experience of being bested by Abby.)

Posted by KZFamily 11:05 Archived in Morocco Tagged morocco tangier

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Wow! It's so cool that you got to experience a culture, ever so briefly, that is so different from our Western culture. I can see how it would be exhausting, though.

by adrost

Traveling can be stressful at times especially during the time you spend in a different culture. Muriel you are a big girl, you always survived even when you came to Port Alberni. You people are very experienced travelers and know when to take a break. I am going to ask you about your story of twenty years ago, you never told me. Opa.

by G.Koning

Maybe it wasn't so enjoyable this time because you are a mom? Even if your daughter does beat you at Quiddler, you have more reasons to be concerned:)
Judy

by Judy Aalders

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