Testing Times

“Mskin” – a word in Darija language commonly used to describe sorrow or sympathy for someone. People are constantly calling me “Mskina”. Moroccan – “You live by yourself?” Me – “Yes.” Moroccan – “Aww mskina” Moroccan – “Do you miss your parents?” Me – “Yes.” Moroccan – “Aww mskina” Moroccan – “Do you know how…

More Than Just Bread Makers

Summer is coming to an end; the days of staying up late eating watermelon and sitting out under the stars are dwindling.  It’s time to get ready for the next year. This month I will have been in Morocco for a year. A year! Even when I say it out loud I can’t believe it….

Reconnect With Myself

June 17 marked the end of Ramadan, what is known as Eid Sghir. At around 7am I could hear the morning call to prayer echoing through the alleyways. This pray was specifically for Eid Sghir. Later, parades of people gathered out in the street giving each other hugs and kisses. Families and friends sat together…

Home

“Oodree! Oodree! Oodree!” Is what I hear every time I walk out my door. Children bombard me on the streets. I kid you not, BOMBARD ME!!!! Circle me!!!! Chase me down the street!!!! All to give me kisses, high fives and say hello. Women kiss me on the check begging me to come over for…

Your Guide on How to Stay Sane In Peace Corps Morocco

I don’t know if you know this, but Peace Corps is hard, like kinda really hard. I know, I know you’re probably thinking “WHAAAAAAAAT, but Audrey makes it look so easy and fun!!” Which, don’t get me wrong, all in all I am very, very happy here, but I still have those days. Those days…

Let’s Get Down To Business

Most Peace Corps volunteers will tell you that in the first couple of months at your post you don’t really do a whole lot. Heck, even during your first year. Usually the first couple of months and year is really focused on integrating into the community and making as many connections as possible. Here in…

All You Need Is Love And A Big Fat Moroccan Family

It was a cold and rainy day when I arrived at my final site. And I’m not just saying that so it sounds like a cool introduction. It really was pouring rain and freezing out. Perfect weather for traveling with 2 huge bags. Two other volunteers and I, with the help of a veteran volunteer,…

Ali from Azrou

When walking down an alley way in Azrou a man walked by me and my friends and said “hello how are you.” Usually I ignore people saying anything to me as I walk by, but then my friend said hi back. He then asked us where we were from. This then led into a 30…

Kuli! Kuli! Kuli!

It’s time to talk about food and the all the women behind all the wonderful meals that I eat. For anyone Moroccan or not, the word they will hear the most when invited for a meal is “Kuli! Kuki! Kuki!” (Eat! Eat! Eat!) You’re told right when the food hits the table. When you take…