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!

About alicrain

Wanderlust. Adventurer. Mom. Mentor. Change Agent. Crazy. Servant Leader. Citizen of the World These are all words that describe me - or have been used to describe me. There are many more but we won't get in to those. What is important to know is that at the age of 45, after having a successful career and raising a son, I decided I needed a new challenge and adventure in my life. So I joined the Peace Corps. Portions of this blog were written before this time and chronicle my life during graduate school (again, something I did in my 40s). During my service in Morocco (September 2016 - December 2018) I chronicled my daily life and all it entailed to live as an American female in another country. this is a place for me to capture random thoughts and share my life's journey
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