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  1. Peter
    September 22, 2014

    great post and I totally agree watch out for scams but the place is a must visit

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  2. Laura @Travelocafe
    September 23, 2014

    Great read. I am hoping to make my way there sooner than later. 🙂 In spite of all the scams.
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  3. Debbie
    September 24, 2014

    OMG!!! What a welcome. I wanted to go to Morocco so much.. now I am not very sure.. haha
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    • paradise
      September 25, 2014

      Yes, as you see, I had mixed feelings. I would say, go to Marrakech for two nights then explore the parts of Morocco outside of Marrakech!!

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  4. Franca
    September 25, 2014

    Morocco is a place I’d love to visit, I’ve heard nice things about it but also not so nice ones like you mentioned. I think the mistreatment of animals would destroy my whole experience there, I cannot accept it no matter how deep into the local culture it might be. But that happens everywhere unfortunately, not just in Morocco 🙁
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    • paradise
      September 26, 2014

      Yes, it does happen everywhere, sadly. That was the hardest thing for me to see and really tainted my experience as well.

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  5. Frank
    September 26, 2014

    I was there 30 years ago and even then people would constantly hassle you. A pain in the ass and the only thing you can do is look them in the eye and tell them to leave you alone. And honestly, in some cultures, it’s easier being a man.
    Still, would like to go back one day for all the reasons you cite.
    Frank (bbqboy)

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    • paradise
      September 27, 2014

      Yes, this was definitely an area where it was hard to be a woman. But, I’m still glad I visited!

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  6. Mary @ Green Global Travel
    September 27, 2014

    Wow, what a start to your trip there! Although it wasn’t all wonderful, it was a unique experience, and that’s great you were still optimistic about it and can see the good! Thanks for sharing!
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  7. Jade
    September 27, 2014

    Omg I so know what you mean. I havn’t been to Marrakech, but I went to Fez and I honestly thought I was going to die on several occasions. We were so overwhelmed we ended up rooming with two other travelers who were equally overwhelmed. Safety in numbers helped a little bit, but not completely.
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    • paradise
      September 28, 2014

      Yes, I was so grateful for the nice riads I stayed in. My experience wouldn’t have been the same without them!!!

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  8. Victoria@ The British Berliner
    October 1, 2014

    Wow! I’m so sorry that you had an unpleasant beginning. I would have been horrified if the taxi-driver sped off without my companion! I’ve never been to Morocco but I would still like to go there. One of my students has family there so he might be able to link me up with a family member or give me some tips. 🙂 However, you managed to get to grips with the situation after a while, and found a way to assert yourself. Well done! It’s never easy.
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    • paradise
      October 1, 2014

      Thanks, Victoria!! Yes, it’s still worth visiting. Just be on your guard!!

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  9. Eric || The Bucket List Project
    February 1, 2017

    Hey so I am researching Morocco for Darcee and I to go to this year in 2017 and now I am kind of worried. Do you think you got hustled so hard because you were a woman? We just got back from India where I felt 100% comfortable and felt a very slight bit of pressure in Agra only but I watched as they would often put a harder press on Darcee when she would shop without me hovering.
    Very much looking forward to exploring the food, architecture and those roof tops!
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    • paradise
      February 1, 2017

      Yes, a lot of it was the fact that I’m a woman. And, I’m still glad I went, as there is no place like it. Just be aware when you go!

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  10. Frank
    June 22, 2019

    I know this is an old post (and I commented on it a few years back). But ran across it again and since I just spent 5 weeks in Morocco I have to say it’s bang on. Had the same shitty experiences and confrontations. Marrakech is easily the worst. On the plus side, did LOVE the mint tea but grew to hate tagine which has the consistency of baby food. Not a fan of Moroccan food.
    But I’ll probably be back on day with my wife, I know there’s aspects she’ll love. There’s incredible geography. But I’ll be honest in saying I’m not a fan of the people…
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