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Need I worry?

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Need I worry?

I know, I know, this will sound pathetic -- but I really cannot help it!

I would love to go to Morocco, Marrakesh in particular, but I am deeply deeply phobic about snakes -- even typing the word makes me shudder and feel sick. I have been told that there are many s**** charmers in Marrakesh and that they target westerners, draping them around necks and demanding money to take them off. I couldn't walk down a street knowing that there was a good possibility that there would be some there (I said it would sound pathetic!) so obviously I am not going to go on holiday to marrakesh if this is likely to happen.

So, tell me like it is, need I worry?

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1. Re: Need I worry?

Hello weedygirlie

Yes. It is true that there are s... charmers in the big square in Marrakech, Djmaa El Fna. You would see them and they do sometimes do as you describe. Perhaps you would be better off going to another city in Morocco. I have not seen these creatures in other places.

I think it is better to be honest about your fears, as you have been. If you cannot get over it, then deal with it by going elsewhere.

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2. Re: Need I worry?

thanks bouhaj: usually people just laugh when I say this. Is it a problem that I will encounter in, say, Fez?

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3. Re: Need I worry?


the snake charmers are showing up in many places.

Sad for the snakes as I have some with the snakes mouths sown shut

almost all the way leaving a space for the tongue.

I will warn you they are very aggressive and have tried to put a snake over my shoulders many times.( tips for photos)

saying that they are fairly easy to avoid. be careful with circles of people

and look out in open area (squares) like Djama Fna (for sure there

will be a few there)

I also dislike the monkeys they have there.

don't let the snakes stop you from coming, it should be easy to avoid them

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4. Re: Need I worry?

No snake charmers in Fes....yet

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