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Les Faux Guides
Favorite thing: In my extensive experience of rejecting the advances and invitations of Marrakshi and Casawi guides, I realised long ago that they generally fall into two distinct categories........
The licensed ones, employed by tour agencies often appear competent and professional, always well turned-out with clean Djelabas, sometimes red fez with gold tassle, and always displaying an official badge. They have to pass tests and knowledge examinations, and speak English and French to gain accreditation to work in the tourist industry, often the Casawi guides are dealing with very wealthy American Jewish tour groups, who wish to explore their ancestral origins in Morocco, and visit the many Jewish cemeteries sited around the country.
The second "lower echelon" category ( faux guides) often started out their careers as official guides, but "blotted the copy book" by being caught thieving from their wealthy clientele, dismissed by the tour agencies, and being rendered unemployable, in the absence of character references, having to resort to being self-employed, operating wherever they might negotiate a commission, from unwary tourists.
I've met many of these people, but when asked to produce their official badge, they become evasive, citing all manner of excuses for not being in possession of the correct up to date credentials. Often, when I dismiss them in peremptory fashion, with a bored backhanded wave of the hand, they try to play the race card ..........."you no like Morocco people? ", uttered in menacing tones, and as I walk away, a variety of well-practised expletives follow my ears!
So, you don't really need a guide, a guide book instead will suffice, and public transport as I suggested will take you anywhere you want to explore. The end of November signals the start of winter, and the northern regions can be cold and wet, so maybe better to explore south of Casablanca, where it's warmer and drier, the northern regions are my favourite, but I always wait until the end of March at the earliest, before my planned annual holiday.
The action-packed hustler bars in Casablanca are in themselves, worthy of exploration, another of my hobbies, can't beat a Friday night pub crawl, around the old French quarter, would you believe the female in the cocktail dress is actually a man?..........a superb drag act!
The young man in the photo, taken in one of Casablanca's many "action bars", was leaving the bar with a bloody nose, mopping it with a towel and muttering to himself, and evidently by his expression, plotting his revenge on the perpetrator, who must have been a superior pugilist!
But at least the loser was still ambulatory, no knock out, and in Casablanca these bar-room incidents are just "par for the course" and excellent live entertainment..........
Fondest memory: Watching Marrakesh disappear in a cloud of dust from the back seat of a bus picking up speed, making for Casablanca.................
Favorite thing: Don't leave Morocco without trying the famous relaxing and flavourful mint tea. But for even better experience try it on Cafe De France where you can enjoy your tea on the roof top terrace watching life going by on Jemaa El Fna square.
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Its cheap but the keyboards are quite strange most keys are in the right place but make sure you check your typing otherwise it aill comg out lqke thas!
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