In the Medina ….

Despite my encouragement to others about engaging with people as you travel, I have to report that I found it difficult today. The Medina in Marrakech is busy beyond belief … motorcycles zooming through the crowds, screaming children released from school, tourists wandering like sheep after their guides and traders enjoining you to buy, buy, buy … it’s full-on.

‘Bonjour Monsieur’, a big smile and ‘la, shukran’ (no, thank you) said politely seems to do the trick against the entreaties …. but taking photos here is a challenge for me. More here than in other places I’ve visited. The Moroccan people are mainly very friendly and welcoming but I sense a barely concealed resentment from some stallholders, the younger men particularly. I don’t know whether its because I’m a tourist, a western woman (of a certain age!) with an expensive camera (dressed very modestly I have to report), the current economic situation or recent political events … but I feel vaguely uncomfortable. When I do haggle for a bag, my price is grudgingly accepted and the bag thrust at me with a grimace. But that’s not everyone by any means …

GAnyway, I did take some images this morning – shooting from the hip … plus a few where I asked permission. You can see I found some moments of calm as well …. but I have much to learn and need lots more practice in this delicate task!

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3 Thoughts on “In the Medina ….

  1. Laura that is so interesting to read. It does raise questions about antpathy towards western tourists particularly in the current climate. Fascinating.

    Love the photos ..!! 🙂

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