Wednesday, September 17, 2014

"Belek! Belek!"


© 2014 Rob Castro

In the Old Medina at Fes, if you hear "Belek! Belek!" behind you, stand aside because a heavily-laden donkey is bearing down on you. I was told by a local store owner that the word Belek comes from the root Bel, which means the mind. Hence, literally the cry of "Belek" is calling your attention - or calling to mind. More fascinating for me is that Moroccans don't have the letter B in their alphabet that to my untrained ears I hear "Puh-lak" instead. Our local guide warned us that if we don't heed, then we will be "Fuh-lat" or flat.

Taken at Fes, Morocco.

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