By Cameron R., Guest Blogger learning Arabic in Morocco
I have come. I have seen. I have not yet conquered. I am now getting into my second week here in Morocco, and it is growing on me. I arrived in Rabat with a comparative eye. I had, over a year ago, tasted the Levantine region in the Middle East. Therefore, I, just by feelings, attachment, previous experience, and my mind's pattern recognition, had been comparing what was going on in Morocco to Jordan, Syria, and Lebanon. I do not mean conflict. I mean cultural interactions, vibes and pulses and activities, language, and food.
I am beginning to see a prettier picture of Morocco now. I like the people more and more. From my experience in Morocco, the people are friendlier, haggle less, and do not care all that much about foreigners. However, I have heard different. I heard horror stories about computers being stolen, marriages between American girls and Moroccan men, or sickness from the water. Then again, who knows how true these statements are, but it is important to take them with a grain of salt. Yes, there is a hint of truth, but with a bit of common sense and wits about yourself, you should get along just fine. For example, do not carry a purse on your side, let alone a computer or a camera. Do not carry around more than 150 dirham, unless you know you are going to buy something more expensive. In other words, plan. Lastly, when you go shopping, make sure you take a Moroccan friend with you because if you do not have one, all of a sudden the price you will have to pay for toilet paper will have inflated by 100 percent.
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