Thoughts on Racial Ambiguity

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

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Language Heirarchy: Another Lazy American Move

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

My First Trip to the Public Bath House

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

How You Know It’s Eid Al Adha in Morocco…

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…

8 Dos and Don’ts of Eating With A Moroccan Host Family

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.

An American In Morocco: Funny Cultural Adjustments

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

How Legalizing Recreational Weed Has Changed My Hometown

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

That Awkward Moment When You Realize Your Mom Belongs on ‘Worst Cooks in America’

It took me 17 years to realize that my mother is a horrible cook.  You ‘re used to what you’re raised with, right? It’s your baseline.  I never quite realized how bad my mother’s food was until I was old enough to try a lot of other things on my own. It’s not just that … Continue reading That Awkward Moment When You Realize Your Mom Belongs on ‘Worst Cooks in America’