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Giving Homage to International Friendships: Morocco

Updated on December 18, 2016

My Deep Admiration Goes Out to Each and Every Friendship I Have Made

It has been both an honor and pleasure to have met so many people from around the world. Although I have not met them in person to where we could touch hands or hug, I still feel deep connections have been made, and I am lucky enough to call many of them close friends now.

I have had conversations with people from Morocco, Pakistan, Amsterdam, India, London, Australia, Nigeria, The Dominican Republic, Egypt, Turkey, Jamaica, and several other countries. So, when I decided to write this, I knew this prose and poetry piece would not be the last. This is the beginning of a writing adventure that I have come up with for myself. It is my way to show appreciation for the friendships I’ve made through the advantage of social media outlets, and in fact, here on Hubpages as well.

I’m starting off this homage by giving thanks to the lovely people I have met from Morocco. Most of the ones I have gotten acquainted with from there, I am still connected with today. It is a total exhilaration for me to know that bridges have been built, and long-lasting friendships have been made that I sincerely pray will always be. I have learned a lot from my friends in Morocco, and have even found a deep long distance love interaction with a very special person who is from there. Although that has since ended, we both continue to stay in touch, and we have moved forward with a cordial and well respected friendship. I look forward to continuing and learning from everyone I have become close with from Morocco.

I Found This Video and it Captured Some Beautiful Places in Morocco

A Country Rich in Cultural Beauty

The culture of Morocco is beautiful to me; from their colorful terra-cotta towns, architectural mosques, enticing cuisine, and the interesting way of dress; I have found myself at times sad that I could not visit in person. I hope one day to travel across the world. Morocco will be one of my first stops if I ever get lucky enough to do so. However, for now, I will just thank my friends there for all the wonderful photos and videos that I have received. Unfortunately, when my phone made its unlucky fate to the bottom of a swimming pool, I lost most of them. I really wish I could have shown the readers those. Instead, I will borrow some from shared sources that will hopefully help you take a virtual trip there.

You Can Find Many Beautiful Mosaic Fountains in Morocco. This One Has a Golden Lions Head

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You Can Also Find Many Treasures When You Visit the Souks. This one is in the City of Marrakesh

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The Muslim Religion Is Learned Through the Quran

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Learning About Each Other is What I Believe We Are Here For

I have learned that everything in Morocco has a sacredness from the religion they share to the cultural aspects of their daily living and survival. The Muslim religion has impressed me. I have researched and observed along with talked with my friends about the brotherly and sisterly bond the people share there.

The people of Morocco seem genuine and dedicated to family, religion, and friendships. They have specific prayer meetings for the men in the mosques, while the women maintain the home and take pride in family. Everyone from this country seems to respect one another no matter the financial status that, in our American world, would work to separate us. There is no major division that I can tell.

Moroccans are hard workers, and like myself, seem very eager to reach out to other cultures to learn more. This is what we all should be doing. This is all of our sacred duty to the one whom we will all meet in heaven one day, no matter what each of us calls him.

We all need to carry on and use the tool of social media to our advantage. We need to connect and get to know one another. Block out the people who try to tell us different. I know deep in my heart that this is what we are all here for. Sometimes, I think about when I didn’t have any ability to know others from around the world. I would be lost now without all the many friendships I’ve made. I cannot express how blessed I feel to have had this opportunity to do so. I guess many thanks go out to the inventors of all these tech machines we use now and the social websites that also help us connect. We live within a world of division in many places, and it’s time to bury those divisions and build up our world in a positive way. It is our world; ONE WORLD UNDER GOD (ALLAH).

Building friendships with people with dissimilar backgrounds and diverse perspectives will make you wiser and more creative

— Rick Warren
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The Arabic Version of My Poem Was Interesting.

The Arabic version of my poem, after I translated it through Google Translate, is not exactly worded exactly the same as the English version, but still is the same poem, and maybe even more poetic in its verse. I'm sure if you are not Arabic, you will not be able to read it and since I had to scroll it onto a picture format in order for Hubpages to post it, just know that it matches. I hope one of my Moroccan friends, or even someone I don't know that knows this language can also comment and verify the sameness of the words.


The Original Version of My Poem (English)

My poem could be understood in several different ways. It is a longing for a lover who is faraway or maybe even a very special friendship. It's about fantasy, and allowing ourselves to visit each other through the power of the mind. I aimed it towards a love affair in my mind, as love is a theme that I use a lot when writing poetry. However, I welcome any version of interpretation that it matches in your own minds.

My Fantasy Aura (Arabic)

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My Fantasy Aura (English)

It’s you when I close

my eyes...


handsome in my fantasy,

troubled eyes that shine.


You are the person of sweet

aroma that excites my dreams.


Take me. Don’t leave me.

I cannot breathe.


Clasping shut my hazel

Greens…


wringing the tears out

so I can see more clearly


A boyish smile that lifts

me up…


your aura that feeds

my broken heart.


Do you know who you

are? Can’t you tell?


Unconditional Is never

a farewell.


No matter if it is not

meant to be…


we will always be two

souls of distant destiny.


Age nor oceans, mountains

or country...


will ever be successful at

banishing loves longing.

An Arabic Song I Found That Went Very Well to The Words of My Poetry.

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A Friend of Mine Walking in Marrakesh at Sunset

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      Missy Smith 9 months ago from Florida

      Thank You, John!! :)

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      John Hansen 9 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Missy, If you ever need to write an article about your Aussie friends, and aren't sure of something just feel free to ask me for info or confirmation. I am always willing to help you in any way I can :) I am sure you did Morocco justice.

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      Missy Smith 9 months ago from Florida

      I hope it becomes a series as well, John. It does make me nervous though. This one was hard to write, because I tried to make it as true to the Moroccan culture as I possibly could. I haven't even sent it to any of my friends from there yet. That's how unsure I am! I don't think any of my friends from there are here on HP.

      I was thinking India next, and I will be nervous to write about India, because I have made a good bit of friendships and acquaintances from all around that country, and some right here on HP.

      If I keep going, you know I will write about you and Australia, so it's a little scary for me, because I would want all of you to approve of what I write.

      I think I will let this one sit out for a while and see if it can soak up some positive ray of words from readers. I won't go by comments alone, of course, because I know a lot of people who read don't comment, so I will check views on and off, and see how well this one is perceived.

      Thanks for your continuing support, John. I wouldn't know what to do without it! :)

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      Missy Smith 9 months ago from Florida

      Thank you, Audrey! Wonderful! I'm so glad that this hub made you want to visit there. I was hoping for that reaction to it as well. :)

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      John Hansen 9 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Great work, Missy. I enjoyed this hub and, like Bill, hope it will become a series. Morocco is such a beautiful country, especially their use of color in everyday life. I'll give praise to the Internet for bringing the world and people of different countries together as never before. Thanks for sharing this.

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      Audrey Howitt 9 months ago from California

      Lovely, lovely hub! You make me want to pack my bags and head out!

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      Missy Smith 9 months ago from Florida

      Thank you, Bill. Yes, I hope I can continue this soon. Honestly, I was hesitant about mentioning that I wanted to, because time restraints on me are big sometimes, and this one actually took me days to put together. I wanted it to be perfect. No mistakes! I'm still feeling a little unsure, so your comment helped that a bit. :)

      I have met so many people on the other side of the ocean, and I feel tremendously blessed to have been brave enough to talk to them, no matter if they are from a war-torn area. The United States media and government has made us all scared of connection, but I feel there's nothing like it, and in the end, we are all just people. There are plenty of good people placed in every part of this world regardless of what we are taught here in the states.

      Don't hold me to a series, or at least a long one, but don't count me out either. Although I have met many, I haven't gotten to know some of them well enough yet to feel confident about this process. I know a good handful in Morocco and have received lovely pictures and silly little videos of their get togethers and things. Most whom I know there are very young. I have made a best friend in Amsterdam. I've talked about him here before I think. I've known him for quite a long time now and wouldn't know how to live my life without him. I have a great friend in Egypt and a few acquaintances there. However, there are many other places I have since made a friend in, and I need to get to know them and their culture some more. I think I do have enough info on some places to continue a few more of these hubs.

      I always had a desire to be a travel writer, but my luck has never granted me that opportunity to travel, so when I meet all these wonderful people from all over the world, it just feels like the most special gift to me.

      Thanks again, Bill! Thank you so much!

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      Bill Holland 9 months ago from Olympia, WA

      This is a wonderful series...at least I hope it will be a series. One of the great joys I get from writing is meeting people from all over the world, although I admit I don't have any followers from Morocco, so you are one up on me there. :) Keep this series going. I love it!