How about a few highlights from my April trip around Northern Morocco with my first American visitors, Fred and Candy. We had a great time. My neighbors, who hosted a few meals for them, and I can’t stop talking about how much we miss them!
Here are a small amount of our wonderful adventures and discoveries:
-Putting on the hat as translator and negotiator was surprisingly fun (most of the time).
-Getting lost in the Meknes medina, and finding a “pit stop” in the unlit, unfinished room of a kind Moroccan woman.
-Making Texas chili and cornbread for my neighbors, served in a tajin of course.
-Bargaining for the best price on two beautiful Moroccan rugs at the big Tuesday Souk in my town.
-Listening to Nadiya’s brother play at a nightclub on the beach in Tangier.
-Learning my choice of phrases in English has become more Moroccan—“As you like it” became a running joke.
-Teaching Fred “may God grant you health also” in response to “may God grant you health” in Arabic.
-Startling my guests with my eagerness to dig my hands into the couscous and pop a nicely formed ball of the stuff in my mouth, Moroccan-style.
-Losing 50 dirhams to the slot machines at the casino in Tangier (Candy that is, not me).
-Driving through the beautiful Rif Mountains and staying in a hotel in ChefChaouen with a spectacular view of them.
-Eating snails on the street in Fes…with a safety pin.
-Sitting in a café overlooking Spain from across the straight while sipping mint tea.
I am currently serving in Peace Corps, Morocco, as a small business developer working with artisans since September 2008. I have a Master of Fine Art, in studio art from Washington University in St. Louis.