Mar 16, 2008
The Mighty Dollar
Moroccans are very poor people but they are proud and quite happy. I noticed in the local deli, which is about the size of a broom closet. I'm not joking it really is about the size of a broom closet. there is just a small window that looks onto the narrow street. Kids can buy candy or soda. They also sell cigarettes even though Muslims shouldn't smoke. I also noticed that most people only buy one cigarette at a time. A funny thing happened to Yun and I several times. If it hadn't happened a few times I would have thought it was a fluke. If you get lost in Marrakesh, which happened a few times, a kid will gladly take you to where you want to be for a tip. the streets a terribly marked and it is a crazy maze. So it works out for everyone. The tourists have the joy of being hopelessly lost in a strange land and the kids get to make a few bucks. When this first happened to us I had no Moroccan money on me so I offered the kid some american dollars. He refused and said it was no good but he wanted to know if I had Euros. I said no, it was all I had. I gave it to him but he said it was useless and gave it back and left. Lie I said if it didn't happen a couple of more times I wouldn't have believed it. It was like Mexican pesos or something. I know George Bush loves to tout how great he's done with our economy with his useless tax cuts for rich people and all but I'll take the word of an eight year beggar in the streets of Morroco. I'm glad he's leaving office soon because I don't think the dollar can withstand any more of his financial prowess.