Here are a few things I’ve observed the last three months living at my site:
*couscous may come from a bag but it still takes 3 hours to prepare
*getting dressed in a wet bathroom without getting your clothes wet should be a resume skill
*as should eating from a communal dish using bread as a utensil
*asking your host mom to let you help cook means you watch her do the work; however, you get to see how grain is washed, dried and sent to the mill to be ground and how bread is made over an open fire
*an ‘event’ (gathering/party/anytime people get together) is always 3-4 hours long and includes singing and theatre
*going to souk (weekly market) is exhausting and constitutes a full day’s work
I’m sure I’ll have many more observations over the next 21 months so stayed tuned!