Awareness

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Reason 591 Why I Love Morocco: If you look helpless enough, eventually someone will take you by the hand and lead you through the morass of paperwork necessary for renewing your carte de sejour.

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

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Glamour shot

Glamour shot

Reason 595 Why I Love Morocco: New photographs for the carte de sejour come with a free glamour shot.

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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.

Koningsdag in Amsterdam

Sporting the Dutch and Canadian flags on Koningsdag

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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 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 302 Why I Love Morocco: Sometimes, when you ask a policeman for directions, after buying you tea, he tells a passerby to drive you to your destination across town, who then invites you for dinner at his home.

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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.