Category: Africa

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Farewell, Marrakesh

I packed up my belongings this morning. Faical's mother tried to help me, but I showed her that I was rolling my clothes and not folding them. She seemed surprised by this unusual way of packing. After some time she retrieved two dinner napkins from a cabinet and presented them to me. This was a ...

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Encore

This morning Anas and I decided to go to Oasis, a water park on the outskirts of Marrakesh. Sarah asked to come along, too. As we were finalizing our plans, I received a shocking piece of news: Latifa had stayed back in Marrakesh for another day instead of leaving with her family for Casablanca. The ...

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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 ...