All kinds of people, too – waiters, policemen, the guards at the Vatican Museums, shop keepers.
This dating culture differs a lot from Sweden’s, and it just goes to show that if you want to make it in the dating game in unknown territory, you’d do well to find out which rules apply there first.
One of the most common places to find a partner is at a nightclub (or a mutual friend’s party), which may seem pretty obvious.
However, the way to meet someone there is more subtle.
Every day, the tanners who work there place the raw hides of goats, camels, sheep and cows into deep earthenware vats, and take them through a process of soaking, stripping, drying, more soaking and finally dyeing – or tanning, hence the name.
Along with two other tanneries in the city, Chouara produces a huge amount of leather for Fez, for Morocco and for export around the world.
Before leaving, I talked myself into believing that my life was sorely missing a Moroccan handbag (which is a total lie – I have way too many leather bags for my own good), and could already see myself trailing through the confusion of Fez’s winding medina with an eagle eye poised for The Perfect Bag.
Yet unlike most places in the world, Fez also held a different leather-related temptation for me. Buried deep in the heart of the city’s medina, these ancient tanneries have remained virtually unchanged since the 12th century.But from my experience, this is one of the most common scenarios.When I lived in Italy, I often got approached by different men who wanted to ask me out.No matter how many countries I visit, I still can’t walk past a market stall covered in handbags, woven bracelets or pairs of soft shoes without reaching out my hand and running my fingers across the smooth, supple leather.So visiting Fez, a city famed for its leather, was basically a perfect destination for me.My international friends from university asked me today to explain how dating works in Sweden.