On our first historical and cultural excursion of Rabat we went to the Oudayas. It felt like a separate city guarded by a fortress and walls around it. The small streets were lined with blue walls, which gave the area a very nice aesthetic. We winded round and round the meandering alleys until reaching the hidden tea garden. This secret escape had a panoramic view of the ocean. Cookies and tea were also sold for a couple of dirham, and many of us enjoyed this snack along with the beautiful scenery. I think this may have been one of the best attractions during the trip, and I would highly recommend exploring this area further. Later, we headed towards the medina. From my understanding, there are several medinas around Morocco in each city. The medina sold items ranging from carpets to grilled corn. I was specifically on the hunt for lanterns, teapots, jewellery and shoes. Although I have bargained extensively in the past, I found that bargaining in the medina took a bit more effort than usual. Perhaps it was because there were not as many tourists in this area of Morocco, and the usual shoppers were locals of the area. I great trick is not just to halve the prices, but to make sure you are not afraid to leave the store if they do not give you the price you wanted. Guaranteed, if not the shop you are at, but the other shopkeepers will come chasing for you to sell it at your price if you leave confidently. At first, I was quite sceptical about purchasing food from street vendors, or to even try out the juices at the shops. However, after meeting two American girls at a local juice shop, they explained that it was fine to consume the food as it was not too unsanitary. I also have quite a good stomach when it comes to street food, so the many purchases of grilled and boiled corn did not harm me. Although this is the case with me, I can understand why some people may be afraid to try out the small stalls of food. In some carts, snails were being boiled with a herby broth, whilst many people crowded around the cart drinking from probably the same bowls as others have once had. Additionally, food would be left out in the sun for hours, especially the melted butter mixture that was kept in a reused plastic jug, which was constantly being dipped by warm corn and ashes. Apart from that, food is great! Really!
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