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We began in September 2010 by traveling a portion of the Camino de Santiago, the ancient pilgrimage route that leads to the tomb of Saint James in Santiago, Galicia, in the northwestern corner of Spain. The name of our blog is inspired by the camino, and we'll have many stories (cuentos) to tell! We spent 2010-2011 on an intentional international journey, living and working in Spanish-speaking countries. Since then, we are immersed back in our lives at home but will report on occasional openings and discoveries. Please join us!

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Guidebook-Souks in Morocco - by Conor

One of the amazing experiences while in Moroccan cities are the souks, or markets. Although sometimes it’s easy to get lost, they are a great way to see the culture and walk around the city. There are many little shops selling all sorts of items ranging from fresh dried fruit, to bracelets and jewelry, to hand knotted rugs. The store owners are usually nice, and if you try, you can see the tea pot full of mint tea, the drink of Morocco, hidden in a little corner. This is a great place to go shopping. 

If you go into a store you’ll notice there aren’t price tags on the items. This is because the price is up for negotiation. Before asking what the item is being sold for, determine a number in your mind of the most you would pay for it. Keep this in mind as you negotiate. Most importantly, remember to keep a positive attitude, it’s just a game.


  1. Ooh, ooh, you're in Morocco! Tell more! Where? Did you visit Fez?

    How's the bargaining going, Conor?

    Can't wait for more stories.

    hugs to all,

  2. Hi all you McManamys visiting one of my favorite parts of the world! I just figured out how to post a comment here! I wanted to suggest that you try to read "The Ahlhambra" by Washington Irving sometime if you haven't. He actually lived there for several months in the early 19th century. He tells a lot about the myths and the Moors and so on. Most of my pictures of Spain are at my Webshots site about 1/3 of the way down the first page. Feel free to use them! Safe travels



  3. Wonderful description Conor. Keep sending us more. Allan and I plan to visit Morocco in the spring. Hugs to you all.