Airplane prayers, street chaos and smelly Fridays
Moroccan airports (especially in Marrakesh, Fez and Rabat) are first nice surprises that you see at arrival. And you will have enough time to observe it while waiting in line. On your arrival and departure, you must fill a form about where you’ll stay and what you’ll do. Don’t forget to take a pen with you, there’s none at airport.
You can change money for Moroccan dirham at an airport with good currency, and in the case you’ll not spend everything, they will change it back. But – the rate will be lower then, so it’s better to change only the amount you are expecting to spend.
Speaking of clothing, it’s no surprise to meet locals in winter clothes and shoes in the middle of May and seeing local girls strolling through streets in pyjamas and nightrobes. Women, an advice to you is – wear less revealing dress not to attract unwanted (and annoying) attention from men.
As tourists, be prepared for attention anyway. Locals will speak to you any chance they get, to allure you to their shop or restaurant or to tell you about Moroccan history (for example). “Welcome” and “Merhaba” will become your new soundtrack. I believe in their sincere motives, but be aware as well. They have mastered speech so precisely to make you buy – pretty much anything.
On the other side, Moroccan (older) women won’t tell you much – even if you ask for directions, they will politely refuse to speak and walk away.
Visiting Morocco means, that your trip will be influenced by local culture. For example, I recommend planning a trip out of a city on Friday – it’s the day of prayers – everything (including medressas) is closed. Nor even dustmen work, and that’s why streets are full of garbage.
Another tradition says that you should share your meal when eating on a public place (in a park or in a bus…) in case you don’t want to be scowled at. I warned you!
Modlitby v lietadle, chaos v uliciach a piatkové odpadky
predpokladu, že neviete po arabsky), a na severe Maroka španielčina.
Z ďalších tradícií prežíva dodnes tá, že pri jedení na verejnosti (napríklad v parku, v autobuse a pod.) je slušnosťou rozdeliť sa o svoje jedlo s najbližšími okolosediacimi, ak nechcete, aby na vás celý čas nepríjemne zazerali. Ja som vás varovala!