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I saw a barber standing in the doorway of his shop holding a huge pair of scissors. I really wanted to take his photo, but when my cousin asked about it the man refused. The man redponded in arabic “what am I, an animal in the zoo?” An understandable reaction, given the context of the interaction. My cousin explained that I was his family and my father was from Morocco- I wasn’t just a stranger he had met. He said I could take some photos of his shop, but not of him. When I got back to the riad and downloaded the memory card, I noticed hia reflection was in some of the photos anyways.

I saw a barber standing in the doorway of his shop holding a huge pair of scissors. I really wanted to take his photo, but when my cousin asked about it the man refused. The man redponded in arabic “what am I, an animal in the zoo?” An understandable reaction, given the context of the interaction. My cousin explained that I was his family and my father was from Morocco- I wasn’t just a stranger he had met. He said I could take some photos of his shop, but not of him. When I got back to the riad and downloaded the memory card, I noticed hia reflection was in some of the photos anyways.

Marrakech shopkeeper #morocco #marrakech

Marrakech shopkeeper #morocco #marrakech

On the train from Casablanca to Marrakech we shared a train car with an older couple. The man surprised us when he responded to something my father said in English that was meant only for our ears. He asked question upon question after that, which causes my dad suspect that he was actually some kind of police officer. By the end of the ride his overbearing questions had slowed as he seemed to lose interest in us and our travel plans. We never found out either way if he was just a curious stranger who wanted to practice his English or something more.

On the train from Casablanca to Marrakech we shared a train car with an older couple. The man surprised us when he responded to something my father said in English that was meant only for our ears. He asked question upon question after that, which causes my dad suspect that he was actually some kind of police officer. By the end of the ride his overbearing questions had slowed as he seemed to lose interest in us and our travel plans. We never found out either way if he was just a curious stranger who wanted to practice his English or something more.

There’s a pack of wild dogs living around the corner from the apartment we’re staying at that chase and and bark at any car driving by. Oddly enough,  they’re completely afraid of humans otherwise.  This morning we stumbled across a litter of their puppies- each one barely old enough to waddle. #morocco #blackandwhite

There’s a pack of wild dogs living around the corner from the apartment we’re staying at that chase and and bark at any car driving by. Oddly enough, they’re completely afraid of humans otherwise. This morning we stumbled across a litter of their puppies- each one barely old enough to waddle. #morocco #blackandwhite

It seems to always be tea time in Morocco. #blackandwhite #morocco (at اولاد المدينة)

It seems to always be tea time in Morocco. #blackandwhite #morocco (at اولاد المدينة)

Across From Panda Express

Across From Panda Express

Lakeside

Lakeside

Perfectly symmetrical face

Perfectly symmetrical face

4x4’s aparrently don’t need parking spaces

4x4’s aparrently don’t need parking spaces

Comedian Melanie O’Brien

Comedian Melanie O’Brien