It was a cool day. Morning sun was just peeping through heavy mist at around 8:30. I was still in my hotel room, getting ready to have my breakfast at the hotel dining room downstairs.
Itinerary for that second day in Tangier was a leisure tour inside one of the kasbah. I can’t recall the name of the one we visited, but it was a very interesting tour. Our tour bus started to fill up fast with fellow tourists who were eager to start the day. This was pre-digital camera era, I saw some folks were placing rolls of new films into their auto focus cameras, getting ready to snap interesting pictures along the way.
Pepe, our tour guide, a middle-age Moroccan man, spoke good English but with a heavy accent. Adding up to somewhat his sexy appeal to some women in the group. He told us, “Today, nothing else but sightseeing, shopping, eating, relaxing in the Kasbah. Ah, don’t forget to have a glass of mint tea..!” He didn’t do much of a tour-guide job, but we didn’t really want to be bothered by the trivia. Instead, most of us would be just fine, exploring the narrow paths and get lost inside this interesting set up of community within thick and tall wall.
There was this 40-ish Moroccan guy, wearing a deep green robe with an extra large hood on the back. He carried with him at least five piece of the same robe, talked to me with a broken English, “Sir, Djellaba very good, one, sixty dollar!” I turned and smiled to him and said, “No, thanks.” Well, the conversation didn’t end right there. He kept trailing me and was making sure that he was ready to show me anyone of those djellaba in his hand. This was going on for 10 minutes or so. I was amazed by how persistent they were!
You probably would have guessed it by now that I ended buy one of his deep green, extra large hood at the back. His name was Mohamed. It seemed like each time I asked their names, chances were, “Mohamed..!”
In Tangier, or Morocco in general, djellaba is a pretty common attire to wear on top of your clothes, especially in cold season. I saw them wore it at home, on the street or even as formal office wear.