It was school vacation two weeks ago and most classes and activities were cancelled at the youth center and youth vocational center in town. Everyone was taking a well-deserved break after studying hard for exams. I realized I had never posted about the Moroccan hammam (public bath) so I took advantage of the free time… Continue reading Moroccan culture: the hammam (public bath)
receiving Valentine's day candy from my Grandma and sharing it with neighbors Marrakesh biennale with friends!
For Christmas this year, I organized a couscous party at the dar shebab for my parents to meet my neighbors, friends, and colleagues and vice versa. Mommy and Papi were visiting Morocco for the week. Christmas day fell on a Friday when Moroccans typically eat couscous with family and friends after a 12pm prayer at… Continue reading Christmas couscous
Assistant Teacher Youssef, about 25 of our English and Spanish students, mostly high school students, and I held a budget Halloween party at the dar shebab last weekend. I was surprised when all of my students were eager to help with the event! I made them brownies to thank them, which they gobbled up in seconds.… Continue reading Halloween party
I decided to invite my Moroccan neighbors, friends, and colleagues over for a birthday party on September 11. In Morocco, young children normally celebrate their birthdays with a small party consisting of cake and soda and get some presents but men and women don’t do anything special. Births, weddings, deaths, and religious holidays are celebrations.… Continue reading 26th birthday party photos and preparation
On Fridays I look forward to having couscous. In Morocco, families typically have couscous on Fridays, the holy day in Islam. (Though in Morocco the weekend is Saturday and Sunday because of the influence of the French protectorate. It is like this is in the rest of North Africa but not in the Middle East.… Continue reading Moroccan culture: couscous Fridays and Moroccan eating manners
I got to my permanent site about a couple of weeks ago and everyday has been an adventure! I am meeting lots of people and learning about the history and culture of my town. Everyone has been very welcoming and nice! I am constantly amazed by Moroccan hospitality- I have gotten invited for lunch and… Continue reading Integration Part 1