Things I liked about Spain, after having spent time in Morocco

Posted by sue on December 31st, 2006

•Heated buildings! Hotels, cafes restaurants, museums, all with heating!
•Clean streets. The streets of Casablanca and Tangier were particularly dirty (noticeably worse than Fez or Marrakesh), so when we arrived in our first Spanish destination of Seville, we were particularly impressed with how sparkling-clean everything was. We actually saw city workers vacuuming and hosing down the streets late at night! Barcelona, being a much bigger city, wasn’t quite as clean but they still managed to keep most of the garbage under control.
•Wine, wine, and wine. Morocco makes wine, and it’s not expensive to buy in stores, but on the whole I haven’t found it to be very good. We’ve had some that is honestly undrinkable (and let’s face it, sometimes our standards are not all that high!), and the restaurants that offer wine usually mark it up pretty substantially (like in the U.S.). But in Spain the wine flows plentifully, cheaply, and deliciously! There are high-priced wines, of course, but you can easily find a decent bottle in many restaurants for 7 euros, or walk into a bar and order a glass of the house Rioja and be very happy.
•Chocolate, especially in Barcelona. Chocolate in Morocco is often pretty tasteless and of low quality, but the Spanish really know their chocolate. We had the best chocolate croissant of our lives in Barcelona—a big flaky, buttery croissant, filled with rich tasting, just-the-right-amount-of-sweet chocolate that formed a firm spine inside the croissant, that would keep it’s shape as you tore away layers of pastry, and both ends were dipped in similarly yummy chocolate. Okay, not exactly health food, but very satisfying!
•Traffic laws and emissions standards. Lots of traffic lights, with protected crosswalks where cars actually yield to pedestrians, and absence of black exhaust smoke from every car and scooter. Morocco’s streets are a bit more chaotic and hard on the lungs, to say the least.

4 Responses to “Things I liked about Spain, after having spent time in Morocco”

  1. Daniel Says:

    Chocolate, heat, clean streets, and good wine. That sounds like some things to be grateful for. The heat and clean streets sound the best. I felt similar many years ago in Mexico. Everywhere there was smoking, and lots of it. I don’t miss that part of any traveling experience.

  2. Jeanene Says:

    Yeah, but I bet Morocco can’t beat the fun experience of getting lost in Tijuana at night!

  3. Cat Says:

    i remember when i was in spain for a summer 2 years ago the streets would get so trashed at night because thousands of teens would pour into the streets at night, sit on blankets and drink wine out of a box and beer. they would leave the place sooo trashed by 5am. then the army (jayesh) of street cleaners would come out and it would be gone by 7am. The day after i left they passed a law outlawing public street drinking. looks like i was there just in time.

  4. Jackie Says:

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    ñýíêñ çà èíôó!…

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