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Weird and Wonderful Things: Morocco

August 9, 2011

From funny signs and bad translations to unique statues and art, I am big into capturing photos of the quirky and strange, weird and wonderful things I see in the cities and countries I travel through. Here are a few of my favorite weird and wonderful things spotted in Morocco.

While this may not really be weird, it is wonderful. Morocco was the first Arabic country I’d ever visited, and seeing this sign upon arriving at the dinky little Marrakesh airport I definitely felt the thrill of traveling to a totally new place and culture.

And this would be the second thing I encountered on my arrival to Morocco — a man who grabbed our bags out of our taxi upon arriving at the Djemaa el-Fna in Marrakesh and insisted on carting them to our hostel, which he claimed to know the location of. The fellow travelers we were with believed him, I was skeptical… After thirty minutes of wandering the endless mazes of the markets we were all finally convinced he wasn’t taking us anywhere except racking up a tab…

I had never seen anything like this. It was a park that had computer/Internet stations scattered throughout it (see below). This is something I had never seen before and never since, but it was pretty interesting to see tons of Moroccan boys crowded around a computer in the middle of the park, playing computer games!

Just another day in the Cyberparc, Marrakesh, Morocco.

Again I was entranced by the Arabic stop sign, but even more weird and wonderful are the forms of transportation represented in the background, painting a pretty good picture of the randomness of Marrakesh: pedestrians, bike, old car and… carriage?

All kinds of crazy things go on in the Djemaa El-Fna in Marrakesh, including, apparently, fishing for Coke bottles.

Also only in Marrakesh’s Djemaa el-Fna: shoes, shoes, and giant shoes for sale! I give you good price!

Driving through the Atlas Mountains from Marrakesh to Merzouga is gorgeous but can get a bit repetitive. Fun little statues and roadside “attractions” like these can really break up the long (sometimes nausea-inducing) drive.

More fun statues.

Egyptians in Morocco? Or the outside of the Atlas Film Studios in Ouarzazate.

And the closer you get to the Sahara, the more you need places like this supposed “Place of Relaxation” (see photo below!).

…And this would be said “Place of Relaxation.”

You’ve got to get water somewhere: wells in the Moroccan desert.

Of course it doesn’t get more weird and wonderful than the ugly-yet-endearing camel to take that legendary ride into the Sahara Desert.

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