A common sight in Marrakech, particularly around famous sites such as Djmaa el Fna and the Saadian Tombs, is that of the water sellers in their traditional, attention-grabbing garb. While their purpose is mostly decorative, earning tips by posing for tourists’ photos, many of them truly do carry water in the goatskin bags slung over their shoulders. While visitors don’t usually purchase the water, on particularly hot days, locals will accost the water sellers for refreshment. The water is usually served in traditional copper cups, which often give the water a metallic taste. On a hot day in southern Morocco, however, it’s refreshment nonetheless.
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