Islam and modern life merge in the intricate maze of Morocco's old city, but 'Balak!' -- beware the donkeys.Saida means "happy" in Arabic. When Saida Ezzahoui was a girl, she said her mother told her she was ugly, but it must have been one of those things mothers say in an attempt to prevent their daughters from being vain.
Because Saida is lovely, with dark curls around her shoulders and hazel eyes that are flecked with blue and green. Now 39, she has two children of her own.
She works as a guide taking visitors through Fez and into the Moroccan desert. A guide is your window into another culture, and when you have a guide like Saida, you are blessed, to use a word regularly invoked by believers of many faiths.