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ON YOUR WAY TO THE MEDINA | Booker Travels

ON YOUR WAY TO THE MEDINA

This week, we spend the day exploring the city and Medina of Marrakech. Booker is so excited by all of the new and unexpected sites, smells and by the people he meets that he has a hard time choosing where to go first. Luckily he had a few tips in his back pocket that helped him to navigate the sensory overload.

WORDS BOOKER LEARNED ON HIS TRIP IN MARRAKECH:

MEDINA: Typically a walled city section found in many North African cities that contains many narrow and maze-like streets. The word “medina” in modern day Arabic simply means city or town.

SOUK/SOUQ: An open-air marketplace or commercial quarter.

BERBER: An ethnicity indigenous to North Africa west of the Nile Valley. The Berber identity is usually wider than language and ethnicity and encompasses the entire history and geography of North Africa.

SHUKRAN: Thank you

RIAD: A traditionally Moroccan house or palace with an interior garden.

KASBAH: A type of medina, Islamic city or fortress where the local leader could live when a city was under attack. A kasbah has high walls, usually without windows and sometimes were build on hilltops.

SHOPPING IN THE MEDINA:

1) Haggling is not only accepted, it’s expected.

2) Smell and taste the incredible spices. Take some home!

3) Shop for rugs, Berber perfume, and handmade leather goods.

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