In the Moroccan culture, it is offensive to take pictures of people. I witnessed three incidents of classmates and other tourists getting lashed out at from Moroccan people who did not want their pictures taken. Even if you don't mean to take pictures of people, make sure you ask if you think there may be an issue.
2. DO IGNORE CAT-CALLERS
some do's & dont's you should know...
Okay, so my class was a class full of 21 girls and 1 guy. Traveling to Morocco was not like going to a separate part of Spain, it was a completely different culture with very religious and different views than we are used to. Arriving here was a total culture shock. First of all, it was incredible to me that we were in the continent of Africa, because how many 19-year old girls get to say they have been to Africa, and learned about the culture there? Not that many. It was an eye-opening and fulfilling experience. But before you ever go to Morocco, there are a few things you want to know first...
Even if you do cover up, some men will still cat-call at you. Ignore it. If you let them get to you, or encourage them, it could end up being dangerous or more than what you expected. When walking through Medinas (the traditional markets), ignore the men who whistle and call at you.
Although Morocco is a free country, just like America, their views of living are way more fixed and traditional than they are in America. Mostly all women wore the traditional clothing, which covers their entire bodies, and sometimes their faces except their eyes. Men will wear traditional dress too, but not always. Be sure to cover your shoulders and knees if you don't want catcalling while walking around the cities. It is not illegal to show your shoulders and knees, but by doing so you will draw extra attention to yourself. **Be sure to cover up when you're going to Mosques and religious venues.**
3. DO NOT TAKE PICTURES OF PEOPLE WITHOUT PERMISSION
4. DO NOT DRINK THE TAP WATER, BRUSH YOUR TEETH WITH IT, USE THE ICE OR DRINK FROZEN DRINKS
You would think that staying in Morocco for 5 days would be easy. That's not the case if you aren't smart and don't watch what you are doing. A lot of people on my trip ended up getting sick because they either drank frozen drinks (daiquiris, etc.), were brushing their teeth with the tap water, or were using ice. Drink bottled water only, and brush your teeth with bottled water as well. A lot of people also got sick from the different type of food that Morocco had to offer, so if you know that you have a weak stomach, prepare yourself and don't be too adventurous.
5. DO GET THE SHOTS RECOMMENDED FOR THE TRIP
If you don't get the two shots that are recommended for the trip, it could end up in serious consequences. Both shots take two weeks to get into your body and start working, so get them way ahead of time, Typhoid shot and Hepatitis A shot. Typhoid is a serious disease that could end up being fatal if not taken care of and can be caught by coming in contact with the wrong things in Morocco. You can get both of the shots at your local WALGREENS for a fairly reasonable price. Insurance covered Hep A, but not Typhoid. Do not just brush these off and say you will be fine, cause you NEVER KNOW! It's definitely not something you want to leave to chance!
6. DO ENJOY YOURSELF AND INDULGE IN THIS DIFFERENT CULTURE.
A lot of girls on my trip did not enjoy Morocco because of the "difference" it had between America. OBVIOUSLY?! We are in Africa, not New York City. Don't expect it to be like home, because it won't be. But if you have a positive outlook, make the most of every moment, and throttle into their culture ready to learn and experience something many people won't ever get to, then you will have an amazing time in Morocco.