When arriving from Europe it seems
exotic, strange and a little dangerous. On the other hand, returning
from the Sahara it appears amazingly organised and almost European!
The EU is obviously pouring buckets of money into the country in the
forlorn hope that this may stem the tide of immigrants from all of Africa
and make Morocco into a kind of buffer state.
It certainly has amazing
potential as a tourist destination with so much space and fantastic
scenery; it is quite breathtaking. The food can be superb,
particularly in the big tourist centres like Marrakech, but even in the
middle of nowhere you can get freshly cooked if simple dishes, sometimes
even with wine! Once you learn to handle the "guides",
con men and begging children and accept the police roadblocks as no more
than a minor irritating delay, then it can be a real pleasure.