Eating Well on Eight Dollars a Week

Eating Well on Eight Dollars

Every Thursday, I walk the half-mile between my house and my village’s weekly souk for groceries and other household items. A souk is an open-air bazaar similar to a farmers market, and it’s essentially a one stop shop for most needs. Whether you want a chicken for lunch—which WILL have its throat slit in front of you—or a new couch (called a ponj) for your living room (called a salon), the souk is your best bet for a good deal—as long as you’re willing to haggle. Read More

On Moroccan Bathhouses and Loving Myself

On Moroccan Bathhouses and Loving Myself

Like many young women in their early twenties, I struggle with body image and the harsh constraints of Western beauty standards. For years, I was too hard on myself for eating that cookie, or for enjoying two scoops of ice cream—convincing myself that the reason for my fastidiousness toward food was for my own health. It’s a constant roar of guilt in the back of my mind, and since coming to Morocco, I’ve learned to silence the roar—or at least reduce the volume. Read More

Khubz Chronicles: Probably Not Paleo

Khubz Chronicles: Probably Not Paleo

“Khubz” is the Arabic word for “bread,” and in Morocco, there’s plenty of it. In this series, I’ll introduce you to numerous bread varieties, and I’ll even show you how to make them. You may want to loosen your belt for this.

Let me begin this post by stating that the name of this blog series, “Khubz Chronicles,” might be a little misleading to a Moroccan. Khubz is the Arabic word for bread, and to English speakers, we deem a number of flour-based products as bread. However, Moroccans aren’t nearly as liberal with bread-naming as we might be. Mesamen (which I already wrote about) and harcha are both examples of foods that we English speakers might just call “bread.” If you were to call all bread products “khubz” in front of Moroccans, you might get a good laugh out them. This post is about the bread product that’s actually called “bread,” or the khubz that’s actually called “khubz,” for that matter. Read More

Fierce Moroccan Females: Ismahane Elouafi, PhD

Fierce Moroccan Females: Ismahane Elouafi, PhD

The empowerment of girls and women has become one of the main focuses of my Peace Corps service so far, and because a myriad of Moroccan women have made great strides in the world as professionals, scientists, and athletes, I decided to create a recurring series all about them. Who run the world?

Dr. Ismahane Elouafi initially sparked my fascination because she has a PhD in Genetics from the University of Córdoba, and genetics was actually kind of my thing in college. Read More

Moroccan Mondays: The Art of Storytelling

Moroccan Mondays: The Art of Storytelling

The Peace Corps has three main goals, with the Third Goal focusing on bringing our host countries to our readership. With that being said, understanding my host country is exceedingly important to me, and one of my own goals is to bring a deeper understanding of everything Morocco to all of my readers. “Moroccan Mondays” are blog posts specifically catered to educating all of you about my host country, not necessarily the Peace Corps.

“When a storyteller dies, a library burns.”

~ Ahmed “Hajj” Ezzarghani, Master Storyteller Read More