There are certain places I visit that I know that I will like right away. There are other places that don’t jive with me almost instantly. Those include Phuket, Istanbul, Mandalay, and Bagan. Curiously, most states or countries that begin with “M” are not my cup of tea. That list includes Michigan, Montana, Mongolia, Maldives, Macau, Malaysia (more KL than KK), Myanmar, and Morocco. It does not include Mexico or Mauritius.
Morocco was another Myanmar. It’s a place high on everyone’s travel list, but I wonder how many people actually have been there. In Myanmar, I encountered many annoying tourists in love Myanmar who thought they were finding Zen by biking to pagodas. They overlook the fact that these palaces were built on the backs of peasants to show off their wealth to their neighbors. In Morocco, I found a bootleg version of the Middle East. The food isn’t as good, the country isn’t as beautiful, and the Arabic is unintelligible! After one night, I was ready to leave.
The reason I decided to stay was 1) I received a suite upgrade at Le Meridien after a night of no A/C and no Wi-Fi, 2) hotels in Madrid, my next destination, are ducking expensive, and 3) TPOL’s amended Travel Philosophy requires that I stick to the plan and see things through to the bitter end.