0198. The Gully separating Two Nations (Mor 047--new)
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It seems like Ahfir is going to be another uneventful small town, as I stop in a little neighborhood plaza to play my set. A couple of fellows stop by and seem to enjoy my material. One of them invites my over to his house for tea.
He shows me pictures of his brother who lives in Florida--then I ask him "have you ever been out of the country?"
"Of course--I've been to Algeria a couple of times. I've got relatives over there."
"I thought the border was closed"
He smiles "I'll show you"
And so finally I am able to find out the "real scoop" on this so called unreconcilable 16 year rift between Morocco and Algeria. We walk over to edge of town.
"That's Algeria over there" He says pointing to a little gully about 200 feet away.
"But where's the fence? the guards? the razor wire and motion sensors?" I exclaim incredulously. "I thought Morocco and Algeria had a 'Cold War' going on between them!"
"Nope, you just keep walking--and you'll be in Algeria... you'll have to pay someone a little something and that's about it."
Amazing. This is clearly the most open "closed" border in the world! The border between the US and Canada is harder to get across than this!
We wander along a dirt road along the gully that had constant car and donkey traffic going back and forth. I take a little video clip playing my guitar with "Algeria" in the background...
...I do, however stop short of actually crossing the border...
My new life in Morocco is too important to jeapordize on a little stunt like that... Would've been fun, though...
It’s very heartwarming to see that these two neighbors actually get along a lot better than people think...