Top 10 things I love about El Magreb (Morocco)

The hospitality—The hospitality of people here is incredible! Ever since I arrived in Morocco a year ago, I’ve been invited into homes and served tea, bread, and yummy traditional dishes like couscous, tagine, and rafissa. They order me to “Kuli! Kuli! Kuli!” (Eat!, Eat!, Eat!) until I am stuffed and then they get angry if… Continue reading Top 10 things I love about El Magreb (Morocco)

Ramadan Kareem (Ramadan is generous) Part 2: Moroccan Ramadan food

I really enjoyed getting to know more people at my site, and the food, during Ramadan. I was lucky to be invited to break fast with different families every night, sleep over, and spend the next couple of days with them. I was even offered pajamas! But normally I was too sleepy after iftar so… Continue reading Ramadan Kareem (Ramadan is generous) Part 2: Moroccan Ramadan food

Ramadan Kareem (Ramadan is generous) Part 1: Fasting experience, summer heat, and prayer

This past month (June 18-July 17) was the holy month of Ramadan, when the Quran was revealed to the prophet Muhammad. My friends here tell me that they look forward to Ramadan all year. They say, “it is a beautiful time” and “everyone during Ramadan is nice.” After Ramadan they feel “good” and “clean.” Ramadan… Continue reading Ramadan Kareem (Ramadan is generous) Part 1: Fasting experience, summer heat, and prayer