Monthly Archives: May 2016

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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.”

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Reason 604 Why I Love Morocco: A man can look definitively masculine despite wearing what the West might see as a dress.

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Reason 601 Why I Love Morocco: When, after meals, people ask if you want to lay down and take a nap, they are totally serious. Every meal is like Thanksgiving at grandma’s.

Koningsdag in Amsterdam

Sporting the Dutch and Canadian flags on Koningsdag

I can’t be sure, but I doubt any country celebrates it’s monarchy as enthusiastically as the Dutch. I hadn’t planned on it, but my brief stopover in Amsterdam, Netherlands coincided with the national holiday of Koningsdag, or King’s Day, preceded by Koninginnenacht, Queen’s Night. Coming directly from another monarchical system, I reflected on the difference between the…

Baarle-Hertog-Nassau

Straddling the border

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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.