The kindness of strangers when you are traveling is not always what you expect.

The Last Train to Tangier


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We’ve all heard the horror stories of travellers being thieved, conned and swindled whilst on the road. It makes it difficult to know when to trust and when to be wary. I’m pondering this as I watch a handsome man hastily weave away from me through the crowd with my trusty backpack held high above his head.

“Here, let me help you” he had said with a friendly smile, and in less than a second he was twenty metres away and I was about thirty kilos lighter.

After three fabulous weeks of backpacking through Morocco, I found myself at the train station of the town Sidi Kacem. Never heard of it? Neither had I… the full article


man walking down alley way in shadow in Marrakesh



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    Sherry Aug 10 2011 - 11:10 pm Reply

    I have to admit that I may be a little ignorant before reading this as I never would’ve thought not to allow anyone to help me with my luggage. That’s definitely something I’m going to have to remember. The last thing I want to happen while traveling is to lose my precious cargo. Thankfully, I’ve been lucky with strangers, too. I love this post mostly because it reminds us, though you must always be careful and use common sense when traveling, that the world is not filled with only thieves and people out to do your wrong. I’m so glad you got to experience the kindness of strangers in a strange land. That makes travel to Morocco more endearing.
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      quietwanderings Aug 11 2011 - 2:03 am Reply

      No, you are not being ignorant at all. I would always be very careful about handing over your luggage to anyone. This was one of those situations where it all kind of happened so fast and there were very few other options (ie: we were out numbered on the platform and we really weren’t going to get on that train without some kind of assistance). Being a photographer, I carry a lot of gear so I’m very protective of my bags these days. We were very lucky with Hasan but it’s always a difficult call.

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