There are few things which genuinely leave me with feelings of dread but a visit to the local shopping mall or a trip round the shops is one of these rare experiences. Shopping expeditions in Morocco to kasbahs or souks in places such as Ait Benhaddou are usually a totally different prospect than visiting the local mall.
This is due to the alien environment, unaccustomed culture, the dress of the people and the character of the destination which can all imprint upon us. The sights, sounds and smells that assail our senses in a totally different manner to the familiar ones of our local neighbourhood. Performers provide audiovisual stimulation with exotic music and dance, spices tease our nostrils and are a feast for the eyes while brightly coloured fabrics fill our vision with vibrance and persuade us to empty our wallets.
This kasbah at Ait Benhaddou near the Moroccan town of Ouarzazate is particularly impressive and is of course much more than a shopping mall. There are striking similarities however as there are shops and restaurants, though without an information office a guide is recommended.
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