We have now landed in the US, but this was a draft that I never posted. I won’t quickly forget driving in Morocco… When I step into the car my mind often goes to the 80s song by the Fine Young Cannibals, “She drives me crazy.” But I sing it with an “it” instead of … More Crazy driving
Henna is a lovely tradition here. It seems that anytime something happy happens with women, henna is involved. A henna ceremony prepares a bride for her big all-night party. A woman in her third trimester of pregnancy receives henna as a blessing and as a protection of sorts. It’s a beautiful art form!
Down the street from Omar, the fruit and vegetable guy, is the “chicken man” nestled under his orange awning. (And yes, in case you are wondering, I did buy some of those delicious, sweet beets sitting there.) The chicken man has so much more than poultry! He has my favorite olives, marinated with citrus. He … More The chicken man
Here we are again, eating at another place at the side of the road during a trip last December. I love Moroccan “barbecues.” Can’t help but photograph all the delicious food and my lovely table mates. Notice that this hanging carcass is made out of plastic. Why? It gives the impression to drivers that the … More Moroccan food on the road
The to-do-list includes a haircut for John and ingredients for potato salad. The winter sun glints our eyes as we clink our outside metal door closed. My two youngest keep in step as we head to the main street. A white fabric tent is at the end of the road, in the road. I comment … More A neighborhood walk
Patrick asked the store owner for some Oreos. He searched in a box and produced this. Eyoo. This is how they pronounce Oreo. Eyoo. Try to say it with a French-sounding “e” and in three syllables. It’s close! I think the “r” sound tends to vary in many languages, so a “y” sound is a … More Oreos
On a rainy Sunday afternoon, we ventured out again to my favorite roadside restaurant. My favorite. Mint tea to warm us up (and to digest the delicious fat that we ate). Now is this a beauty or what? This is a beef tagine with chopped up onions, prunes and raisins. It was delicious. An army … More Dinner on the Roadside 2
Fes is Morocco’s religious and cultural centre, boasting of the world’s first university and leather tanneries. (The tanneries are stinky, so they give complementary mint to sniff.)
In September I fielded questions over Skype from a group of students living in Indiana. The whole experience was delightful, they really wanted to know more about where we lived. I’ll share a few of the questions allowing you to take part in the fun. Are there dogs and cats in Morocco? Do you have … More So, do you have McDonalds?
You know it’s time again for the Eid when… *Sheep start pouring into the city and are being sold in lots like Christmas trees *Everyone starts asking each other, “Have you bought your Eid (sacrificial sheep) yet?” “How much?” *The regular meat and chicken butchers start to close up shops for a few weeks. *Since … More Time for the annual sacrifice