0243. Welder's Heaven...or hell? (Mor 091--new)

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Khemis "Thursday" Zemamra does have a park with benches, so I’m quite happy about that.  So I play my set and set off to explore the town. 

I soon find myself walking through the smoke of grinding metal with the glare of welding torches shining in every direction.  It seems that Khemis is THE place to have a truck container built (or rebuilt)--but not in a factory or industrial complex, rather on the side of the street, in an empty lot, or just about anywhere!  It seems that I've arrived in Welder's Heaven--or Welder's Hell--depending on how you want to look at it... all throughout town you see small armies of fellow cutting, welding, hammering, grinding, bending metal...

I imagine the unemployment rate in this town must be much lower than the national average--so that's got to be a good thing... But as I watch the kids heading home from school through the haze of welder’s smoke, I'm reminded of the downsides of this sort of improvised industrialization...

After exploring a bit, I head to the market where I sit down for some pea soup in one of the stalls... The fellow tells me he's from Taounate and is quite pleased to hear me describe his town to him... He tells me of how, when he was growing up he wanted to get into the hash business, but his parents wouldn't let him... So now he sells pea soup in Khemis Zemamra...

...A memorable encounter...

I head back to Casablanca.  It's been an intriguing couple of days...

The end of Episode 10

 

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