We were two 20 something women wondering around the medina when a 'helpful' man on a moped insisted that he would help us navigate our way out of the labyrinth. We were desperate and followed. He paused at the tannery and told us we could take a look. We were then conveyed to a filthy looking man who handed us some mint to conceal the awful smell of leather soaking in ammonia.
We were shown around the tannery which is a mass of vile smelling concrete swamps in which leather is being soaked. We learnt very little and were forced to take a photo from the top of the rubble.
You are then processed to the leather shop next door. We tried to make a run for it but were caught by the guide who began shouting at us and demanding money for the photo and tour (neither has been wanted).
The nearby locals all then began shouting too 'you must pay for tour' along with various insults of their choosing. The man then began to poke us and we were very intimidated. He asked for 200 dirhams. He received 20. Which he snatched from my hand and shouted after us.
On the whole this was completely traumatic and not even fun to see!
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