Thomas Stanley

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My newly arranged salon.

Reason 1,019 Why I Love Morocco: Housekeepers (at least mine) feel emboldened to rearrange the house in various configurations both experimental and recommended. It’s like living in a new apartment every week, though admittedly it takes me sometimes a day to skillfully adapt to my new surroundings.

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Fresh oysters was just the beginning…

Reason 1013 Why I Love (Oualidia) Morocco: $70 buys you twelve large oysters, two medium lobsters, one large crab, clams, shrimp, and four sole all grilled on your terrace by the fisherman who caught them hours before.

Azemmour

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Typical dentist sign

Reason 999 Why I Love Morocco: A professional, quality teeth cleaning done by the dentist himself is only $40 and a new ceramic crown is a mere $400. Even better, my insurance should cover most of it.

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Moroccan butcher in Agadir

Reason 933 Why I love Morocco: Despite the rapid move toward modernization, especially in the massive metropolis of Casablanca, there remains a culture of trust and goodwill that permeates informal relationships.

The latest of innumerable examples: My local butcher, who’s known me only a week or so, sent me away with my purchase, even though I’d forgotten my money, and told me I could pay when I able. Incha’Allah.

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Moroccan sweet mint tea

Moroccan sweet mint tea

Reason 902 Why I Love Morocco: Befriending the neighborhood mint seller means a standing invitation for tea.

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Small grammatical errors should be forgiven when one's writing in his or her tertiary or quaternary language.

Small grammatical errors should be forgiven when one’s writing in his or her tertiary or quaternary language.

Reason 888 Why I Love Morocco: Almost everyone speaks at least two languages, most speak three, many speak four, and it’s not unusual to find someone who can speak as many as six or seven with reasonable fluency. Yet, to a person, all are equally, incredibly humble about this amazing talent..

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Hard at work

Hard at work

Reason 742 Why I love Morocco: It’s difficult to find an audience for complaining. The general consensus is “everything is as it should be.”

The other day, it was 110°F/45°C. As I went about doing my errands suffering and complaining to locals about the temperature, every response was, “Thank God for the heat.”

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A fairly standard water jug wrapped in burlap to keep it cool. Atop sits the communal cup.

A fairly standard water jug wrapped in burlap to keep it cool. Atop sits the communal cup.

Reason 735 Why I Love Morocco: Nearly every shop, and many households, have water jugs outside for any passersby who may need a drink.

(Compare this to the privatization of water supplies in much of the West.)

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Reason 723 Why I Love Morocco: Trademarks are irrelevant.

(Not shown here: Google Café and the innumerable references to “McDo”)

Subway: Salon de Thé

Subway: Salon de Thé

Faceburger, not to be confused with Facebook

Faceburger, not to be confused with Facebook