By Chama Darchoul
By Chama Darchoul
Morocco World News
Rabat, September 9, 2012
One conclusion I got during my repeated visits to Tunisia, is when a Tunisian meets a Moroccan, he tells him about seven stories.
The first one, he tells him that his mother is Moroccan, or his roots are Moroccan, or he has an aunt half Moroccan. If there is no Moroccan element in his family, he will tell him that his neighbors are Moroccans, or his best friend is Moroccan.
The second is his wonderful trip to Morocco, especially to Marrakech the red. For him it’s not red just because of the color of its houses, but also because of its red nights. Even for those who have never visited Morocco, they’ll tell you about their dream to visit Morocco. Obviously, Morocco for them is Marrakech, the red city with its red nights!
The third, is the “good service” that he has been offered during his stay in Morocco, the nice behavior of the waiters there, the behavior that made him feel that he is a lord, as the Moroccan proverb goes: “The client is a sultan.”
Some Tunisians explained to me that “ workers union in Tunisia are very strong. For this reason, waiters are not nice enough to serve their clients, and they do this job with a big pride.” Others told me that, “the Tunisian mentality doesn’t accept to serve others as servant who does his job, but as a servant who does a favor for the client!”
The fourth, is the word “Tabouna,” for Tunisians it means “bread,” but for Moroccans it’s a swearword indicating woman’s genital organ. So, be ready when you meet a Tunisian who has already been to Morocco, to listen to his story about the day when he went to buy bread, and he pronounced the word “Tabouna,” and don’t be astonished if you hear the same story from different Tunisians.
The fifth, is telling you many stories about the “Moroccan hashish,” the first taste, the first unforgotten experience. Some would tell you jokes about hashish smokers – real jokes that are inspired by true stories of daily life experiences.
The sixth is to avoid talking to you about football. They are convinced that they’re the best football team in North Africa, even Moroccans believe in this conviction. In Morocco we say that, “in football, the Moroccan team is the complex of Egypt’s football team, but the Tunisian team is the complex of the Moroccan team.”
The seventh story is to ask you “how could king Mohamed VI keep himself till now far from the winds of the Arab spring and from the hunger of the Islamists for power?”, especially after the ouster of Ben Ali and the subsequent coming of Islamists to power in Tunisia.
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