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Return to Marrakesh

Anas, Latifa, and I arrived in Marrakesh this afternoon. At the bus station Latifa took a taxi to her family's place, and Anas and I took a separate taxi back to his apartment. There I met his sister, Jihane. She spent the past week with her aunt in northern Morocco, and she finally returned today. ...

Hill of Beans

We arrived in Casablanca, which the Moroccans simply call "Casa," late last night. Mohsin's brother brought us to their family's apartment since Mohsin was at a friend's wedding. He joined us this morning, and after breakfast, the three of us took a taxi into the city. Mohsin and Anas both claim that the only place ...

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Sleep haram in Marrakesh!

This morning Anas, Faical, and I headed to the hammam.  Since it is Jummah (Friday), throughout the Muslim world it is considered almost mandatory to clean oneself thoroughly today.  I took my jalaba with me to change into afterwards.  This time I didn't feel as uncomfortable as I did the first time.  It helped that ...

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Around Marrakesh

Today Anas agreed to take me on a tour of some of the tourist sites in Marrakesh. First we visited the Majorlif Gardens. The gardens are beautiful and well-maintained. I wonder whether Calatrava, the architect of the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, took some of his inspiration from the Majorlif Gardens. The walkway ...

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Anas the Daredevil

Since I arrived in the North African country of Morocco, I've been eating all kinds of questionable foods from street vendors and the like. It wasn't until I ate at McDonald's last night, however, that I took ill. I've had an upset stomach since this morning, and I've lost my appetite. I needed to get ...

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Marrakesh

Dear Friends and Family, Salaam from Marrakesh, Morocco! I arrived her two days ago, and it's been incredible. Marrakesh really jars the senses with its bizarre clash of cultures, languages, smells, and sheer activity, and I'm already enamored by it. I'm staying with Faical, my Moroccon friend from the train to Basel (I wrote about ...

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Faical’s Struggle

Later tonight Faical decided to take his mother to dinner. He asked Anas and Sarah if they wanted to come, but neither did. I agreed to go along. I ate a McDonald's burger after many weeks. Back in America I never eat at McDonald's. I hardly eat fast food in general. In Morocco - as ...

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The Bathhouse

Later in the afternoon, Anas informed me that he was going to a hammam and asked me if I wanted to go. I most certainly did. I imagined hammams were exotic bathhouses with ornate hot tubs and beautiful female attendants. It was about time I paid a visit. I asked Anas if I could first ...

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A Musical Culture

In standard fashion, breakfast this morning consisted of tea, bread, butter, and jam. The tea, I find, tends to be too sweet, but Moroccans seems to prefer it that way. After breakfast I sat around and worked on my journal for a while. I watched Sarah work with a small, stainless steel, hand-operated machine to ...

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Ana Mahdood

We rattled down the mountain later in the evening in the back of a vegetable delivery truck. The sides of the truck were very high, and I could only see the sky and the mountains above us. The black silhouette of the receding mountain against the navy blue sky soon started to sparkle with lights ...

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