COUNTRIES MAGHREB

COUNTRIES MAGHREB

The tourist must respect the past, traditions, irritability of the inhabitants of these countries with a centuries-old history. Let us mark, that we will meet here with extraordinary hospitality.

For many expressions of courtesy, for example compliments, one must respond eagerly. The behavior of a Maghreb resident may be slightly different, if he has studied or lived in Europe. Practicing and non-practicing Muslims also differ. But we can always count on a cordial and warm welcome. Dress stylishly, wear jewelry, accept invitations to hearty meals, that go on for hours. We would offend the host, not wanting to taste delicious African dishes, which he will give us. If, on the other hand, we do not feel too sure, when sitting on a pillow we are to grab a piece of chicken or lamb with three fingers, we can freely ask for a fork. Custom dictates, if it is possible, reciprocate visits and invitations, but let's remember, that these first contacts do not need to be continued. In traditional homes, a woman does not show up at mealtimes, if, however, the guest is a woman, may, on his own initiative, visit the lady of the house in her room and say hello to her.

Muslims, even living outside the country, they strictly adhere to ramadan, who next to the prayers, alms and pilgrimage to Mecca is one of the duties of the faithful. For one month (variable and dependent on the calendar and moon phases) Muslims fast from sunrise until the moment, when the first star appears in the sky. Good to remember, that just after dusk the restaurants will be crowded during this period, and take this into account when planning your day.

Tips are offered almost everywhere in the Maghreb. Small gifts are meant to testify, that the customer is satisfied, and their absence means, that he is not satisfied. However, one should not succumb to the crowds of children begging in the streets of the visited cities. If we don't feel very confident, we can ask the hotel management, to be one of the employees, which we will pay for the working day, he accompanied us in our expeditions. Such a "guide" will protect us from unpleasantness, and will also talk about his country in an unconventional way.

Bargaining is common in the Maghreb countries. It's a kind of game, which proves the customer's interest in the offered goods. So let's play this game, by accepting its rules. Nevertheless, a reasonable price should be offered (sometimes half the starting price), and judge by the merchant's reaction, how far can you go. Dexterity and intuition in bargaining are the basis for assessing the interlocutor's insight.