Out of Africa

Trip Start Jan 29, 2006
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Trip End May 08, 2006


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Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Well, I've decided it's time to go. Morocco has been great, but I have a bit of a love/hate relationship with it. I feel I've seen all I need to see here (for now) and it's time to get moving. I took my last little excursion to the Roman ruins at Volubilis yesterday and today I am being henna-ed.
So to make up for lack of details in other entries, here are my top three Morocco experiences (not necessarily the things I enjoyed, just the most authentic and possibly awkward.
(1) The moment I broke my vegetarianism of 8 years: the first day in Meknes, when I was offered a lamb stew. Its very rude here to turn down food that is offered to you, especially if it is meat. There was a split second where I almost didnt do it, but I decided not to risk making a faux pas. I will never forget the sleepless night of extreme sickness after... So unpleasant.
(2)Going to the Hammam: in Morocco, women who go out to cafes or bars are considered 'bad', so the place to socialize is the Hammam (public bath house). These are also popular because there is rarely hot water in Moroccan homes. All the women go here, strip down and sit in steam rooms, and chat and scrub eat other down. As you can imagine, you have to leave any modesty or body issues at the door.
(3) Dealing with the Police: During our trip to the Sahara, Adil and I were stopped twice in one day by the police to find out what we were doing. Why? Well, because I'm white of course. That was a bit of a shock.
There are other things, tons good things of course, but these are the most interesting. I've loved Morocco, but I'm glad to be leaving. It's exhausting to not be able to speak in your own language and also to be different everywhere... there's no hope of going out and just looking at things in a store, or buying vegetables, or anything simple like this without an certain amount of fuss. I'm about done.
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