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While on holiday in Morocco I used an old congress bag for my camera,
guidebook, bottle of water and other sundry items (not least to conceal
the bottle, as it was Ramadan). As we progressed through the souk a
number of charming decorative items were offered in exchange for the bag;
in each case the shopkeeper was anxious to acquire it for a son, daughter,
niece or cousin's sister-in-law's child.
It is clear that in some parts of the world conference bags have a
value, and I recommend that bargain-hunters in North Africa and maybe
elsewhere take their spare supply of bags to use as currency, not least as
the pound seems to be in trouble. As bags have differing designs, it may
be worth carrying several. Then when shown the innumerable carpets one
This travel tip won a free weekend break from "The Oldie"