The welcoming nature of Morocco is everywhere to be seen, making it an amazing place to adventure on a motorcycle. In the countryside, people by the roadside—from workmen to pedestrians—will often respond to a hand wave with a huge smile and a thumbs-up. Moroccans are extremely friendly towards tourists and seeing a BMW—or any full-size motorcycle—roar past them is something they genuinely enjoy. Most locals only earn about $75 a week—so you might say it’s the equivalent of a western motorcyclist seeing an F-22 Raptor fighter jet thunder past at arm’s reach. Many Moroccans also never leave the remote village in which they’re born—with the only access to their little world being via a dusty goat track—so a wave of recognition is much appreciated. Kids in particular are prone to going crazy for a passerby, and will shout and wave until they go hoarse.
Here are the five most common gestures you’ll witness at almost every turn in the countryside: