Saturday, February 8, 2014

NEW BLOG SERIES: Morocco

Right now, going back is literally all I can think about. There have been so many times where I've thought, I just want to spend two weeks there, starting in the south and making my way up north, so I can see as much of the country as possible. So, I've decided to make a hypothetical trip. You never know--it may come in handy one day (hopefully sooner than later)!

To add to the fun, I'm going to post one day of the "trip" each day until it's "over." That way, it's almost as if you're on the trip yourselves! I can't wait!

So, pack your bags, because we're leaving for Morocco tomorrow!

A few quick notes:

  • Moroccan currency is called the dirham (MAD, or dh), and 1 dh = $0.12.
  • You cannot drink the water. Do not even try--you WILL get sick. It's fine for showering, but as far as drinking, cooking, and even brushing your teeth, use bottled water. When you're at a restaurant, order BOTTLED water. Many souks and stands sell giant bottles of water that cost maybe 10 dh, and one of these bottles will last you between a half day and a full day (depending on how hot it is).
  • Be careful to avoid pick-pocketers and beggars. Many of these "beggars" do not even need the money, but do it as a way to earn a bit more.
  • Don't let anyone put a monkey, snake, etc. on you unless you're willing to fork over a good amount of dirham. Even if you say you don't want the monkey on you, etc.
  • Everything is about haggling, unless you're somewhere with fixed prices (e.g., a restaurant or orange-juice stand).
  • You WILL get scammed--there's no way out of it. You'll pay a higher taxi fee, price at the souks, etc. To a certain extent, you can't do anything about it, but just be aware. During my trip to Morocco, I lost about $25-50 in having to pay too much. For example, we needed to get a taxi to the airport at 5:30 a.m. The innkeeper told us that we shouldn't have to pay more than 100 dh, but the only taxi around at that time would only take us for 200 dh. Sometimes, you gotta do what you gotta do.
  • Before you get into a taxi, set a price. Haggling also applies here.
  • Especially if you are a girl, don't be alarmed when locals holler at you. In the five days I was in Morocco, I can't even count the number of times a Moroccan man hit on me, even if just by yelling "sexy!". The best was when a man asked me "how many camels" for my hand in marriage. Unless you follow these guys, they're harmless, and they won't follow you.
  • Most importantly, drink as much fresh-squeezed orange juice and mint tea as you humanly possibly can.

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