As I was saying, after traveling for many years I am a great believer that as well as being a great teacher it also brings gratitude and understanding of the many cultures and issues that are going on in the world.
Being a regular traveller has not made me inaccessible to some of the trials and tribulations that can happen whilst traveling. I would like to share some of my learning curves with you that I hope you will enjoy and help you on your journey.
Now much older and wiser you sometimes do a double take. While traveling in the Cook Islands the people are so friendly that you might think they are after something, when the people are just truly friendly.
While in other countries they are falling over you trying to sell you something or lead you down alleyways to a shop and lock you in! Just till you buy a carpet!
I didn’t have to buy a carpet thank goodness. This story takes us to the colourful lands of Morocco. Over the years I have heard the souk horror stories, still Morocco had this allure and I could already smell the colourful spices with their fruit tones.
The direct flight from Edinburgh made it so much more accessible. The taxi journey, hotel everything was as it should be, don’t get me wrong the hotel was lovely with its lush landscaped gardens and carved detailed panelling.
I was eager to get to the bazaars to have some retail therapy and of course take some photographs of the colourful spices! One gentleman spotted me and asked “Would you like to see lots more colourful spices?” Well of course I said yes! Now having a level head I was well aware what he might be up to but I wanted to give him the benefit of the doubt. As we walked past the stalls and through the large square, then past more stalls and then through the smaller square, mmm the tourists were now getting thin on the ground. As he took an exit down an alleyway, you guessed it! We made a sharp retreat!
I hope you enjoyed reading about some of my traveling adventures. X