327. A Middle Class Moroccan Town (Mor 160--new)

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Instead of heading straight back to Souk El Arba, I figure I’ll try to catch a taxi to another town straight north: Arbaoua.  The Ksar el Kebir taxi says he can drop me off there.

I get off in the middle of a forest.  There, on a nearby city I see the town.   On my way to town, a barber from a nearby shop calls me in, insisting that I get out of the heat for a little bit.  I accept—figure it’s a good excuse to get a haircut, anyways…

I continue on, past an abandoned tourist lodge in the forest… seemed a little strange.  This doesn’t seem to be the kind of area that would attract tourist.  But I’m told later that it was once a popular stopping place for folks coming south…

Then I reach the town, which in contrast with many of the towns I’ve seen lately, is quite looks quite prosperous and middle class.

  In fact, I’d say 90 % of the houses are large, middle class home.  What’s the story?  Was there a mass emigration from Arbaoua to Europe at some time?  I don’t know.  There sure don’t seem to be any jobs in this area…

I hike to the very top where I get a good view of the hills and forests all around.  Not a whole lot going on in the town, so I head on my way.  Something refreshingly different about Arbaoua…

After a short hike through the forest, I see far below the railroad tracks and the Souk El Arba-Tanger highway…


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