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Reason 584 Why I Love Morocco: The hot season and the watermelon season are in near perfect alignment.

Ouarzazate and Its Environs

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Reason 501 Why I Love Morocco: Unlike most of the West, where even eye contact is rare, you’re virtually guaranteed a salutary response, even from total strangers if you bother to make an attempt. Salamu walaykum.

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Reason 333 Why I Love Morocco: While the government considers it official, many people do not observe the change in Daylight Saving Time, making effective scheduling an ongoing exercise in forgiveness and letting go of attachments, especially when, because of Ramadan, it reverts back to ‘old time’ during the month of fasting only to go forward again when it finishes. Thus, every meeting for the next few months must include the qualifier, “old time or new time?”

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Reason 621 Why I Love Morocco: There is a patient acceptance to the less than desirable matters of life. Though I see the the flies as aggressive because their always in my face, my Moroccan friends smile and reframe this as, “They’re just curious.” or “They just want to kiss you.”

A Tour of Gallipoli (Gelibolu)

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Reason 248 Why I Love Morocco: Sometimes, when you show up early for the bus, the bus drivers take you to breakfast.

Dry

Chellah