America has a demand economy. Not only is there is tremendous demand for new products, but we demand them immediately. In search of the almighty dollar, US business tends to neglect the humanity of people it employs. Morocco still maintains a somewhat relaxed attitude toward commerce, at least in rural settings. Though adjusting my American attitude has been challenging, I find the respect for the … Continue reading Is it open? An informal guide to small Moroccan towns.
One of my favorite things about living in Morocco so far is the strong thrifting/reuse culture. While one can certainly buy new clothes, household items, appliances and furniture, it’s just as easy to find used items, and much of the time the used items are better quality, perfectly functional, and cost much less than buying new. And rather surprisingly, I often find things here that are made … Continue reading Thrifting In Morocco
Last week, I slipped and fell near the bottom of the stairs at our new apartment. It was a good reminder to both me more attentive and to wash the dust from the stairs more often. I landed hard on my elbow and it bled quite a bit that evening. The next day, in consultation with the Peace Corps Medical Office, I traveled to the … Continue reading Comfort
Coming from the Pacific Northwest, where it rains (or, at least drizzles) much of the year, it’s been a bit of a shock to live in such an arid part of the world. Generally speaking, Morocco is a dry country. Though there are regions, especially in the north and among the foothills of the Atlas Mountains, much of the country sees little rain. In fact, once one … Continue reading Dry
Thomas and I were talking the other day about beets, man. That’s right, beets. Or barba, if you want to use Darija (but not to be confused with the amazing 1970s children’s book character, Barbapapa). Anyway, we were going on and on about how much we enjoy eating beets in Morocco (yes, we have time for these types of conversations now). But seriously, there are a number of valid reasons this … Continue reading The Blessed Barba (Beet)
Today is my 41st birthday—how the heck did that happen?! I could have sworn I was still in my 30s! Last year I was in Seattle to mark my 40th birthday, and greatly enjoyed an amazing home-cooked meal with some of my favorite people in the world: Thomas, Mom, Norman (my birthday twin!), and Andi. The evening was quite carefully crafted to how Norman and … Continue reading Birthday In Morocco
We have now slept in our new apartment for two days. We are greatly enjoying being in our own space, cooking our own food and learning how to live much more independently in Morocco than the initial 3½ months allowed. The temperature in our town is heating up, with daily highs into the 90s, and I admit it already feels physically taxing at times. Yet … Continue reading Home at last!
Since Erika and I are finally in our own home, I decided to write a post about a typical Moroccan home for the folks back in the US and Canada to give them some insight into the often subtle and sometimes profound differences we have noticed. Granted, we have only been here for about three months, so take this all with a grain of salt, … Continue reading A Walk Through A Typical Moroccan Home
For the first time in what seems like ages, we will finally have a place to call our own, our dar dyalna, our home. Though our home stays with Moroccan families have been incredible, there is nothing quite like having one’s own space. Ever since we left our jobs last summer, we have, more or less, been living out of suitcases. Above is the view … Continue reading Dar Dyalna, Our Home
Today marks the end of our first week in our new town, and much has happened since we arrived last Friday. As I may have mentioned in previous posts, we are staying with a host family for the month of April while we look for our own apartment. We had the opportunity to see several apartments this week and there is one we both like … Continue reading Week One in Site