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 made an American breakfast last Sunday for my host family! It included pancakes, a vegetable omelet, and hash browns. I liked practicing my vegetable, fruit, and buying vocabulary and expressions at the souq and hanut (corner shop) for the meal. I told the sellers I was making an American meal and they smiled and… Continue reading Pancakes!
Mid February my Community Based Training (CBT) group started teaching more formal English classes at the dar shebab (youth center) and nadi neswi (women’s club). Upon our arrival in January we visited the public mederesa (school), which is close to the youth center, and observed English classes. Then we held activities for children and informal… Continue reading English classes
My aunt Siham (who lives on the second floor of the building I live in) had a baby girl two weeks ago! The following week, lots of family and friends visited to give congratulations to Siham and the baby. There were many special foods served, including all types of bread, cookies, and a cake called… Continue reading Moroccan culture: Aqiqah
I think the most important part of CBT is learning Moroccan Arabic, Darija, and in addition starting to work in the youth and women’s centers in my neighborhood. I am expected to know enough Darija once I receive my permanent placement. It’s a bit daunting. Morocco’s official languages are Darija and Berber. There are three… Continue reading Darija
My CBT is in a suburb of Fez. I have been into the old city of Fez once and Inshallah (common Middle Eastern expression- it means God willing) will again in the next two months. It was beautiful! I want to get to know it well. This is my house (right): There is a garage… Continue reading My neighborhood