Morocco Journals

Six Months in Maroc

A June 1998 trip to Morocco by lina

Quote: These are a collection of anecdotal adventures that I experienced while living and working in Morocco for six months. I was doing relief and development work and was therefore able to travel the country - via well-traveled tourist routes and unchartered paths.

Six Months in Maroc

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The best cities to visit in Morocco are Marrakesh, Essaouira, and Ouarzazate. These were my favorite spots during my travels. Also off the beaten trail are lovely Berber villages with kind people offering mint tea and almonds galore!

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Six Months in Maroc

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This is a brief account of the time I spent working and traveling in Morocco in 1998. I traveled much of the country - both as a tourist and relief/development worker and was able to experience many local sights that are beyond the realm of tourist Morocco. Aug 6, 1998 I'm back from my 10 days in the field. I think the last story was the hammam. Well, the next day was the wedding. I was lucky enough to borrow the 'caftan' of a friend's sister and it was absolutely beautiful. The wedding was boring, but i spent the entire evening admiring myself and my outfit and trying to strategize how not to return it to the owner! Basically, we sat at a table the entire night and ate finger foods and watche...Read More

Maroc - Part 2

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Oct 2

I will not be in the office for the next 10 days (max 2 weeks) because I'm going out into the field. Yes, back to latrines, tajines, roaches, and other such delights. I'll be in the south in a place called Tiznit. It's Berber territory - therefore more interesting. Arabs just don't excite me as much! Anyway, i may move around a bit down south so hopefully i'll come back with some good stories!

Maroc - Part 3

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Oct 19 Where do I begin? I just got back from two incredible weeks in the field. Here's the story...I started out in Tiznit - a little hole of a town in the south. We were conducting two final evaluations of different projects. the first is to verify that the latrines and water pumps we constructed in homes and schools were working. the other was to check on hygiene education. As we were working in Berber villages, I picked up a few words. I can now say 'can we see your latrine?' in Tashelheet (the Berber dialect). Anyway, I was with a Berber woman from the city of Tiznit and she served as my translator most of the time. We got to go into the women's houses and checked on their latrines. Usually...Read More

Maroc - Part 3

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Nov 11 This is the story of my wacky weekend visit to the famous sand dunes in the south of Morocco. For those of you who have told me I'm fearless, you'll surely appreciate this. It was by far the funnest, dumbest thing I've done since I've been here. But it makes for a great story ! It started last Thursday night at 9pm, when my friend Dawn and I boarded an overnight bus to the end of nowhere. I had a small backpack with one pair of sweatpants, two t-shirts, one sweater, and a toothbrush. Money and passport down my pants, and I was ready to go. The bus ride took 12 hours. The first 5 hours were spent trying to tune out the painfully loud Moroccan soap opera playing on the TV screen ...Read More

Maroc - Part 4

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At some point in the afternoon, we boarded a van and began the journey to our ultimate destination, the dunes of Merzouga. This van had 3 other passengers, all of whom were Saharaoui men (Saharaoui men are identified by the turbans they wrap around their heads and faces so nothing but their eyes are visible - think bedouin). So, it's a dirty old van that barely runs on a rocky road with Dawn and myself and 3 turbaned men. There is absolutely no sign of life on either side. It's hot as all hell and dust is flying everywhere. We're sweaty and dusty and with flies all over us (like a UNICEF ad!). One thing I have noticed is that Moroccan flies are no different from Moroccan men - they're ugly, they're pe...Read More

Maroc - Part 5

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Dec 7 My time in Morocco is soon over. This has been a very interesting experience, as you all can surely tell from my crazy stories. The culmination of my 6 months in Morocco was a visit from my two dear friends, Lilly and Shereen (Names have NOT been changed to protect the innocent. None of us are innocent anyway!). We traveled the country for 9 days and had a vacation we are not likely to forget anytime soon! To even try and recount this adventure is a task far greater than my time and ability permit. Plus, since Shereen and Lilly will be reading this, we need to have 3 versions of the story to make sure I don't leave anything out! So, this will be a brief recap of the highlights of our trip....Read More