People of Morocco

April 11, 2012
Whether near a mosque, a souk, city or country,
people were a fascination.
Mom and kids. The San Francisco Bay area’s pretty diverse, and
families like this aren’t completely foreign. But the backdrop?
A little different from what we see in the U.S.

A man on a mission in Casablanca. He’s wearing a djellaba,
a loose-fitting robe with full sleeves worn by both men &
women, usually over other clothes.
Our guide told us women are not required to “cover,”
but it seemed like most women did.
Except for younger women in Marrakech.
This certainly looks like a walk for exercise,
but maybe not. Maybe he was heading someplace
for business or pleasure.
Man on a mission still walking near the Atlantic in Casablanca.
Just looking at this sign made my teeth hurt.
I love the way this woman looks like she is just disappearing into the doorway.
I fell in love with the many different head coverings men wore.
Note the way the baby is carried. Saw this everywhere.
I didn’t see anyone in a wheelchair, because the ancient streets and alleys were not at all accessible. But I did see plenty of older people with canes.
Women in a desert village
Our guide told us that these seated women were probably visiting
for market day. Local women would not be seen seated and possibly taking a break
from work.

We saw very few public displays of affection.
This couple holding hands in Marrakech was an unusual sight.
Women’s attire in general was far more drab,
so they could blend into the background and not be noticed.
Another rare sighting of seated women.

But women in Marrakech were a bit more colorful.
Moving quickly, despite robe.
Kid in the desert. Looks like he’s walking to school,
except that we didn’t see anything for miles around.

People in motion.
Going about daily business.

I never tired of watching the people of Morocco, their lives so different than ours.

Oh, one more thing: Tourism is Morocco’s primary industry and the people have become very canny about making a buck off tourists. We were told that we shouldn’t take photos of people without permission and that many would want to be paid. These photos were all candids taken while we were in motion. Mohamed, our guide, paid a water bearer and a snake charmer for photos, but other than that, we didn’t have to pay.

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