Race is something I find myself thinking a lot about lately. It is a subject that inserts itself into my life whether I want to care about it or not. "What are you?" "Where are you from" "What is your background?" I've always found it interesting that only some people have an eye for seeing … Continue reading Thoughts on Racial Ambiguity
Eid Al Adha, something like the equivalent of Muslim Christmas in Morocco, is a major holiday celebrated at the end of the lunar year. Filled with feasting, and a little gore, it is a celebration of the story of Ibrahim (or Abraham, if you are Christian) who sacrificed a sheep for his son. In honor … Continue reading How You Know It’s Eid Al Adha in Morocco…
Don’t: Eat too fast. You might stuff yourself with the first course. You finally stop eating, and your host mom removes the dish… Only to bring in the second course. Uh-oh. You’ve pulled an American, and now you’ll have to just keep eating. Which is not such a bad thing, really.
Morocco, as you may have guessed it, hosts quite a different culture than that of the US, or any other place I have been. While I've only been here just over a week, I thought I'd share some of the immediate (and more laughable) culture shocks. The Call To Prayer. Also known as Adhan, the … Continue reading An American In Morocco: Funny Cultural Adjustments
After my first day at the Center for Cross Cultural Learning, I had only two words written in my notebook: Linguistic Schizophrenia.If you listen in on the average Moroccan's conversation, you are likely to hear a odd mix of languages spoken: Moroccan Arabic (also known as Darija), French, Berber (which actually is a mix of … Continue reading A Case of Linguistic Schizophrenia
So, if you know me personally, or are a follower of my social media, you'll have noticed that I have a loud of love of local food. Why is eating locally even a thing that is relevant to anyone's lives? I'd like to give you the short end of why this matters to me, and … Continue reading Why is “Eat Local” Even a Thing?
I feel like I've come home and the place is just about raining ganja. I haven't effectively been home in about a year. In about the same span of time, since the 2012 election cycle, Washington state joined Colorado in being the first two states to legalize the use of Recreational weed. And legalization has … Continue reading How Legalizing Recreational Weed Has Changed My Hometown
Whether you like it or not, globally your utility can be determined by what language (or languages) you speak. There is a silent hierarchy, and one that is not altogether fair. In a previous post, I discuss the language schizophrenia I have observed in Morocco. In short, Moroccans face a mild day-to-day identity crisis in … Continue reading Language Heirarchy: Another Lazy American Move
Having been in Morocco for over two months now, I've been able to do some reflecting about my experience so far. These past weeks have been both a challenge and a true reaffirmation of who I am and what I can take. I, along with my peers, have formed a love-hate (although majority love) relationship … Continue reading Do Morocco, Do Anything
Ready to drop all shame? No point in being modest at the hammam, or Turkish-style public bath house, where all from young to old, rich to poor, bathe together, and let it all hang lose. In public. Thats right, all. While Western-style showers are becoming more common and available in Moroccan homes, the traditional way … Continue reading My First Trip to the Public Bath House
Hello my Curious-Minded friends! I was lucky enough to enjoy a 3-day layover in Paris on my way to Maroc, my first time in Europe! Below is a quick photo highlight of a few fun things I did - A ride up the Eiffel Tower, The Louvre, exploring Montmartre, The Sacre Cour, Cathedral of Notre … Continue reading Three Days In Paris: City for Selfies
In just four days, I will be leaving the US en route to spend a semester in Rabat, Morocco!Marhaban, Maroc.This will be the beginning of my biggest journey yet. Morocco is an uncharted territory in my mind, full of mysterious traditions and culture. I am open-minded and ready to experience the culture shock that I … Continue reading An American in Morocco: Pre-Departure to Rabat…