Safely in Morocco

Djemma El Fna, Marrakesh

The keyboards here are the strangest I have ever seen. Expect few updates.

One suggestion to travelers to Marakesh: never ask for or accept directions from young men, no matter how lost you are. In my experience, they just lead you to their big friend who thinks one night’s hotel costs are an appropriqte ‘gift’ for their help. They then leave you at least as lost as when you started out. If you refuse such offers very adamently, the young men will just follow you up blind alleys for half an hour or so, laughing when you reach a dead end, and eventually leaving out of boredom.

Not bringing my GPS receiver was a big mistake. That said, I am doing well and have much exploring to do.

Author: Milan

In the spring of 2005, I graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in International Relations and a general focus in the area of environmental politics. In the fall of 2005, I began reading for an M.Phil in IR at Wadham College, Oxford. Outside school, I am very interested in photography, writing, and the outdoors. I am writing this blog to keep in touch with friends and family around the world, provide a more personal view of graduate student life in Oxford, and pass on some lessons I've learned here.

11 thoughts on “Safely in Morocco”

  1. Sorry to hear about this. Hope the rest of your trip is considerably better.

  2. I believe an inability to understand the prevailing conception of space is part of the Western experience in the Islamic world – there is certainly a body of literature in political geography discussing this topic, including Derek Gregory’s analysis of how Napoleon’s difficulties in Cairo compare to the American difficulties in Baghdad. Based on that, I’d expect that you’re doomed to be lost & confused a great deal of the time, but you can take comfort from knowing that this happens to everybody. Lucky you’re not trying to invade, eh?

  3. I don’t think the difficulty of navigating large areas full of twisting nameless streets is really a cultural phenomenon.

  4. I’m relatively confident that Whistler is markedly less labrynthine than urban Morroco, yet tourists here seem to find themselves lost with alarming alacrity.

  5. The amount of dosh in question must be small compared to the cost of the trip.

    Just forget it.

  6. I like how in the French version of Firefox, the clear personal data command is called ‘efface mes traces.’

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