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Reason 531 Why I Love Morocco: Midnight rides through the desert on a darkened bus enables an incredible view of the stars and moon without clouds or light pollution.

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Reason 517 Why I Love Morocco: Rules are flexible.

Even though the restaurant closed 15 minutes ago, we’ll make you something to go without annoyance.

You’re the only one going through this baggage scanner late at night? You look honest, go ahead looks you’ve got a train to catch.

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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 401 Why I Love (Southern) Morocco: Due to the tremendous static electricity in the area, the simple act of turning over in bed at night creates an intense, personal mini laser light show.

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Reason 397 Why I Love (Southern) Morocco: Clothes hung out around midday are dry within minutes. Even jeans and towels are dry in half an hour.

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Reason 383 Why I Love Morocco: A freshly fried, delicious doughnut , known locally as sfenj, is a mere $0.10.

On a surprising side note, if one mistakenly Googles images for ‘svenj,’ one discovers it’s also a brand of risqué men’s underwear.

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Reason 373 Why I Love Morocco: The most delicious oranges I’ve ever eaten are seasonally plentiful and only $0.23 a pound.

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Reason 367 Why I Love Morocco: No matter how badly I butcher the language, everyone still compliments me on my elementary-level Arabic.

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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 318 Why I Love Morocco: Many people I meet for the first time while walking around insist I stay with them next time I’m in town.