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)
September 24 was another major Muslim holiday called Eid Al Adha (Festival of Sacrifice), which commemorates when in the Islamic Koran Allah (God) appeared to Ibrahim in a dream and asked him to sacrifice his son Ishmael to demonstrate his devotion to him. Though when Ibrahim was about to sacrifice his son, Allah stopped him… Continue reading Eid Al Adha (Festival of Sacrifice), village politics, and my sister’s visit!
I moved into my own apartment a month ago, and it feels great! I liked living with my two host families, especially important for integration and language, but it is really nice to have my own place for some independence and privacy. It was frustrating finding a rental due to the time of year and… Continue reading Two of my neighbors are goat herders: Peace Corps/Moroccan dar (home)
The first week I arrived in my site there was an annual festival that lasted for three days. It was held in a park near the highway that has an abandoned phosphate factory from the French protectorate. During the day there were tents selling food, candy, clothes, kitchenware, toiletries, etc. as well as a couple… Continue reading Integration Part 2: annual festival and Monday souk
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