posted on Oct, 29 2010 @ 12:36 AM
Dear Dark Ghost,
Thanks so much for your response. I, too, have heard of many travails of travelers in Morocco. In fact, I know someone who turned around and went
home after being trampled in Tangiers for coins by a group of beggars.
This is a reality in most of the world's impoverished countries. I travel to Peru quite often, and getting used to such a thing is difficult, and
yet seasoned travelers learn to do so. Simply put---poverty exists. So does begging. And the begging seems to exist in direct proportion to the
poverty. I know that both Egypt and Peru seem to have much more of this type of problem than Morocco does. My own hometown has it, too. It just
feels different to me when I recognize the streets in front of me and I am home in familiar territory. It's American begging...so what's the harm,
I'm sorry your friends felt uncomfortable when approached by men in Morocco. Western women seem to have a hard time in dark-skinned countries at
times. I just chalk it up to to differences in culture. I see less and less of it though as I travel around in my job. Maybe I am just getting
older, or maybe the world is getting better. Maybe it is a little of both. My last trip to Mexico was blessedly hassle-free when it came to having
blonde hair. My trip to Morocco was even better.
May I just say that travel for most first world countrymen is much more difficult on these priveleged people? The water, bacteria, altitudes,
machoism, relgious differences, time changes, etc, tend to escalate our differences and make us hyper-aware of a culture's unique characteristics.
That is common.... but it's not to say that traveling is easy.
There are times when I am traveling when I long for my own bed, my own water source, even a McDonalds burger.
But the degree to which we acclimate differientiates us between travelers and tourists.
I like to think I am a traveler.