Sorry about the delay and I'll put up some much more recent post soon!
So! I’ve experienced another interesting cultural event in the past few weeks! It’s called L3id Inqurrum and it is the biggest Muslim holiday of the year. It is a lot like Yom Kippur except for the fact that they do still slaughter a sheep. The way it works here in Morocco, families watch TV and when the king slaughters his sheep in one swoop that is the signal for everyone to do the same. Right after the sheep is cleaned, organ kabobs are made and a stew of braided intestines with stomach is started for later. For me I was spared the sight of my family’s sheep being slaughtered but I still saw reruns of the king slaughtering his on the news which was enough to make me a little more than grossed out. It overall was a fun day though filled with my family’s extended family and delicious lamb cous-cous later on once the traditional organs dishes were already eaten.
Since l3id was on Thanksgiving we had travel restrictions so the girls and I in my province decided to celebrate it the weekend after l3id. We had a lot of fun mostly eating, listening to Christmas music, and playing games. We cooked almost all the traditional dishes except for cranberry sauce since cranberries aren’t a cooking option here in the desert but none the less it was an amazing meal which was a nice bit of Americana during a difficult time filled with homesickness for a lot of us.
Since Thanksgiving I have been mostly working on a trash project and planning lessons to present to the principles of the schools in my town so I can start teaching. This past weekend was my birthday though so the girls from my province got together again at my place this time and we had a little Christmas/Birthday get together which included Thai food, four cakes (one less dessert than Thanksgiving, as you can tell we take our baking here in Tiznit pretty seriously.), and movies. It was my first birthday away from home but the girls did a great job making it a very special and memorable one. Now it’s back to work again though until Thursday and then I’ll be heading to Tata where another volunteer is going to host Christmas for the volunteers in Southern Morocco.
Take care and I’ll write again soon! Happy Holidays!
Alright! I apologize it’s been so long since my last post but I’m back! There’s been a lot too that’s happened so let me bring you up to speed. My first trip to
After all the excitement and being detained in the basement of the conference center for a little bit we headed back to the hotel where we were having our training and got back to our sessions. The rest of training was definitely productive and a nice opportunity to catch up with others from our original training group of 60. After training it was back to Tiznit but not for long since I went to help a friend who is a nearby volunteer with an art project at her school and then I was off again to facilitate a training in Essaouria on sustainable SIDA(HIV/AIDS) education. It was nice to go back to Essa and I really enjoyed that training but now that I’m back in my site again, It’s GOOD to be back! No more traveling for awhile and I’m looking forward to spending a solid chunk of time just focusing on things in my community.
Okayyy..I’ll end here for now hope everyone had a very happy and delicious Thanksgiving, and as always, take care!