Shukran habibi / شكراً حبيبي
The street food in Morocco is a must try in my opinion! You will hear differing advice on this, because many travelers do get sick from the drinking water /food (happens anywhere, different countries treat their water with different chemicals) however after a month in Morocco, I thankfully avoided this. The street food is cooked in a fire right in front of you and is very fresh, and you most likely will make a friend or 2 like this little one that was excited to meet an American. Morocco is a special place for a lot of reasons, but what sets it apart to me is the kindness and hospitality. When I told American friends and family that I was traveling to Morocco alone, some were horrified - "don't you know they hate Americans?" , someone literally asked me. By "they" this person was not just referring to Moroccans but rather Muslims /the Islamic world as a whole. I try to have patience with people that hold these kind of ignorant stereotypes, because they tend to be people that have either never left the United States, or who have only traveled to Western countries. To be honest, these are the type of people I hope to reach through my travel writing, as this type of populist mentality, "us vs then", "othering" or however you want to call it is what leads to someone such as Donald Trump becoming president. The best way to overcome fear or hatred of others is to meet them. If you don't have the time or the money to travel, it's no longer an excuse to remain ignorant of other cultures: there is a plethora of information online, from vloggers and bloggers to everything in between. I actually have never felt so welcome or safe as I felt in Morocco. I met countless female travelers that traveled alone to other countries in the Middle East and North Africa, and they had similar experiences to me. Don't let the media skew your view of others: go out and experience a place and its culture for yourself.