MOROCCO

The city of Tangier is truly an interesting place, there are a lot of things to do and see. However, the Moroccan culture is somewhat of an enigma.

While I was in Tangier I noticed plenty of girls and men were friendly polite, but many were exploitative in the sense that friendship always needed to be sealed with buying them drinks.

Some tips:

Never ever try to make friends in the tourist areas people are as fake here as the stuff they sell.

In general consistently try to communicate using Spanish or French. Many people will pretend not to be able to understand you but they're faking it.

Never settle for the first price and keep your poker face on; it doesn't matter if you hurt their feelings that is what they want you to believe, shop owners actually get joy out of ripping you off.

Last but not least respect the Muslim culture; people have completely different mentalities, save your breath trying to explain or convince someone of your point of view while you're on vacation.

Posted by Frank Janssen, 23rd April 2010
Rick & susan Gilman

If you go with a group or on your own to Tangier, yes, it is a mess. We had a Private Tour with Daniel, his Email: [tarifatravel@gmail.com] and was great. However, We felt safe & need to visit Tangier for historic reasons. hire yourself a private guide and you will have a wonderful time. We used Daniel. He was amazing & Spoke Very good English. he was like the Mayor in Tangier. We took the hydrofoil over to Tangier. His driver & air conditioned van was waiting for us. Since it was Wednesday, we were able to visit the Casbah and Medina. also, we entered an authentic Berber Market along the way. Fascinating. I can't wait to go back. Our guide was really FANTASTIC with us the whole time and knew a lot about the places we visited. He did an excellent job above and beyond his required work. He took us to special places not on the original itinerary and his surprise side trips were just fantastic and some of the highlights of the trip. It was truly and amazing trip.

Dress comfortably, no shorts, should be nice comfortable dress or skirt/blouse and nice convertable pants for guys with shirt. All in all, it was interesting to see how they live and work and glad I went once. Cheers!!

Posted by Rick & susan Gilman, 08th October 2006
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