First visit June 97
My friend was working for the Calcuta sisters there in a house for single mothers, that are illegal in Morocco (single mothers), so I decide to visit her and while she was working I use to take care the children there, they were so sweet, so great, you could not stop loving them!
This was one of the mothers, No, she was not hurt, she had a problem with an eye ...
I am afraid my experience in Tangier was not very tourist, it was very therapeutically for me, as I was just dismissed from a horrible job, and my friend suggest me to go there, help them for a while, and she promise me I will see life completely different after that!
I agreed with her immediately!
Sometimes we need someone to remind us, how lucky we are to live in such wonderful conditions as we live in Europe...
maybe is not my best tourist travel but it has been the one that teach me more about this wonderful moms, broken families, new families (one of the single mothers got married while being there...). I was told while I was there that single mothers does not exist there, and their kids do not exist for their law... I am not sure if that is true still now... as Morocco is changing a lot.
The only thing I did not like was that I was suggesting not smoking in the street, as I was a woman! (I was suggested only to do it in my private accommodation!) Horrible for an addicted person LOL
A Free Photo!
Here's a picture of our local guide, Mohammed, Jaymes and Mary at Cape Spartel. I rather thought I might have to fork out yet another Euro for the priviledge of taking a photo here. But it was free, haha.
Mark Twain's Take On Tangiers
Mark Twain (aka Samuel Langhorne Clemens) visited Tangier and commented “I would seriously recommend to the Government of the United States when a man commits a crime so heinous that the law provides no adequate punishment for it, they make him a Consul-General to Tangier”.
After our meal and a whistle-stop tour of the souk, we headed back to meet up with our minibus. Even walking along one of the main roads, there were traders everywhere, still trying to sell T-shirts, belts, plates, and of course those red Fez hats! In this picture you can just make out some women who have set up their vegetable stall at the side of the road, on the road, and between parked cars! Some of them wore those large, wide-brimmed hats that I've seen on other pages, but I couldn't get a photo of them, sorry.
Morocco’s Fishing Industry
As the only North African country without oil, Morocco has had to make the most of its other advantages. The ocean off Morocco's Atlantic coast is one of the richest fishing grounds in the world. All together, Morocco's coastline covers 2,141 miles along the Mediterranean Sea and Atlantic Ocean. Fishing has been a major industry in Morocco since the 1930's and the industry experienced tremendous growth during the 1980's. Over 100,000 Moroccans are employed in the fishing industry. The industry's importance is underscored in both the employment sector and by the over $600 million of foreign exchange that is reaped from the industry each year.
The fishing industry is comprised of two distinct sectors: the costal fishery and the high seas. Moroccan coastal fishery is made up of primarily smaller, wooden boats. These boats catch mainly low-priced fish including sardines, mackerel and anchovies. Morocco's boats are older, poorly managed and lack technical equipment such as fish finding gear. Therefore, the boats engaged in this fishing only stay out at sea for up to three days. Due to their lack of technical accoutrement, specifically coolers, they often times bring back damaged catches. This sector of the Moroccan fishing industry is facing stiff competition from more modern, better-equipped, European boats, primarily from Spain.
Morocco's high seas fishing is somewhat more modern and consists of mainly steel boats equipped with freezing facilities, which allow them to stay out at sea longer. These boats are usually between 100 and 150 feet long and make about 5 trips, lasting 60 days, each year.
In the picture you see one of the local coastal fishing boats with its nets out.