Friday, September 12, 2008

Made it to the next town

Alright, I keep warning people that I won't be able to communicate, and then I find a place of easy and free internet access. It is best to have low expectations though, yes?

Still, the training is promised to be very intense and I will need to spend time learning language and integrating into Moroccan culture, so I will limit my time online. This doesn't mean that I am not thinking of you all!

A few other notes on my time in Morocco so far:

-The food in the hotel in Rabat was somewhat disappointing and not exactly what I was expecting. I think they were catering to their European tourists. Whatever the case, the food at the new hotel we will be staying at this next week is so much better! I finally got my Moroccan couscous, and much better prepared veggies and fruits, and light and delicious flatbread. The fruit was the best end to a meal. It was a type of melon, but sweeter than honeydew and cream-colored. I believe it is a casaba melon, which is apparently available in the US, but I wasn't aware of it! Try one.

-The road between Rabat and our current site took us through dryer lands, but not infertile. It was also hilly/mountainous. It reminds me of a hilly south-west US.

-Baggy clothes are dangerous. At home, I don't usually have a problem over-eating, but when I am presented with new foods that I want to try in a buffet-style, I end up piling my plate higher than I intend. Since my clothes aren't as tightly fitted to my figure, I don't notice the amount of food I've been taking in. In any case, I'm sure I will be walking it all off shortly.

-On a related note, did I mention that I love the bread?


Raichel said...

I was wondering about the food! The very best food I had in Spain was food that my "mom" prepared during my family stay. That's something to look forward to! And I'm glad you like the bread. Now you can share the joy of our favorite game to your new friends! :)

Janis said...

I miss real Japanese food. Much of what they server in the US is adjusted for American tastes. Although eating "western-style" food in another country can be an entertaining experience. My first morning I was in my position, I chose the western-style breakfast at the hotel I was in in a fit of "who knows when I'll be able to have this again" thought. Western-style apparently meant a bowl of warm milk with an aesthetically pleasing scattering of corn flakes on top.

Claire Berman said...

Hey Lisa! I just wanted to let you know that I just placed an order with the Bread of Life bakery, and a shipment of delicious gluten-free bread is on its way to me. Thanks again for the gift certificate! It sounds like we'll both be enjoying better food soon :) I'm glad to hear that you're enjoying things so far, and I can't wait to hear more. And I think Raichel's right...once you get into your host family, you'll have some awesome authentic food to look forward to!

Loda said...

yay! time to play eat the bread! Is the couscous anything like the stuff we make here? haha, I remember your mom introduced that to me a long time ago, and now I eat it all the time. what kind of meat do they eat there? Are you learning the language quickly or is it difficult? I'm sure after you're there for a few months you'll be speaking it fluently.

Lisa said...

Raichel- it is my understanding that Moroccans usually view restaurants as places for people who cannot make it back to their families for a meal. I have a feeling I have good food in my future. Maybe some GI problems too, but we won't talk about that now.

Janis- I judge a restaurants authenticity by how much it is filled by those native to that culture. Even still, I'm sure food is more authentic in the country of origin. I have yet to try to order "western" or more specifically "american" food here. I think the food at the hotel was heavily influenced by European/French, but in a somewhat uninteresting way. There is apparently a pizza place down the street from where we are now. I'll have to let you know how that works out.

Claire- I hope you enjoy your order of GF foods! :)

Loda- When isn't it time to play eat the bread? Yes, couscous seems to be similar to ours. Although, what I had yesterday was a bit finer (I mean, the individual granules were smaller). Last night they served sweet couscous, which mean they added cinnamon and sugar to plain couscous. You need to try this, it is good!

Claire Berman said...

Lisa, Andrew and I went to the Farmer's Market this morning and I ate a mocha macaroon in your honor. I consider it a duty to continue the tradition in your absence. I'll eat twice as many, if need be. :)

Marcella said...

Mmmm sweet couscous. I'll have to look into that! Yeah for *authentic* food. No pasteries yet? COME ON! I've been waiting for that one and living vicariously thru you!

Lisa said...

Claire- Ah, macaroons! How you taunt me. Well, actually my food here makes up for what I'm not getting, I think. Please eat as many macaroons for me as you can :)

Marcella- Patience! Part if the issue is Ramadan, food isn't as readily available on the streets during the day, and I just can't eat pastry at night. I'm also a little cautious about jumping into street food. So, all in due time! What are you guys eating at the office?

Marcella said...

We had a former student employee bring in chocolate chip cookies yesterday.

BTW, those cupcakes from Verucca...remember how tall they were and how I had to open my mouth really wide to bite it? I hurt my jaw. It still hurts. I'm going to the dentist today to help with my stupid cupcake injury. Sigh.

Lisa said...

marcella- that has to be one of the funnier injuries I've heard. Although, I'm sure you're not laughing (or not laughing without pain). Did you/will you explain this to your dentist?

Really, I'm just jealous of the chocolate chip cookies. One thing we are lacking here is chocolate! I had to break out my one emergency bar today because a few other trainees were getting desperate.