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Lovers

In Morocco, it's very hard for young couples to find places where they can spend time together. In most of the traditional houses, there are no bedrooms and the whole family stays together in one big living room : forget about your house, and going to your girlfriend's house is not even an option. In cafés ? Most of them are only frequented by men. In the street ? You'll have to cope with the burdening look of family/neighbours/peers/society on unmarried couples. In your car ? When you're a man, being in a car with an unmarried Moroccan woman is strictly forbidden by the law, unless you can justify family or professional links. Of course, you can still treat the cop harrassing you with a small bakchich. In hotels ? Forbidden by the law too...

So there are a few strategic places left, where all the young people meet and the unmarried couples can be together in public without any constraint, spend entire afternoons far from the eyes of the neighbours or the family : In Rabat, these are the beach, the kasbah gardens, the kasbah platform, the mausoleum gardens...

It's funny to see that many single men go to these places too, even though the probability of meeting other single women there is almost null. Maybe because in those places they can allow themselves to feel blue and romantic, far from the ambient obnoxious misogyny of most of the crowded streets.

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Taken on November 26, 2006