This is what I learned today… (well, actually, I learned a lot more than this, but these are my stand out points…)
1. Arabic is a very difficult language, but I had kind of figured that out before I came, so I’m not going to count that as one
1. TRUE Argon oil (very popular here) comes from the Argon tree, which is only grown in one city in the world… Agadir, Morocco, which also happens to be where our house manager is from. Goats climb the argon trees and eat the hard shell off of the nut, which then falls to the ground and is harvested. I’m hopeful to be able to witness this… trees filled with goats. Mohammad said it looks a lot like a tree full of birds, only of course they are goats, not birds. Seems like something worthwhile to seek out. I mean seriously… a tree full of goats??
2. Bread is considered sacred (it is a very bread-centered diet here… again, died and gone to heaven on the food here…) so all bread scraps must be put in a separate container when we clean up our plates after mealtime. The leftover bread is then fed to animals. All other trash is thrown out. No recycling (or at least not here…)
3. If you are Moroccan, and want to get a hotel room with someone of the opposite sex, you must show proof of marriage. It is illegal for Moroccans to share a hotel room unless married. This does not apply to other nationalities.
Pretty good stuff. This is a very interesting country and our in country manager, Mohamed is extremely personable and very knowledgeable. He served in the Peace Corps, has a law degree, is fluent in several languages and has an incredible sense of humor.