The Zazoo French English Childrens Book

French for Kids: The Zazoo Books

  In Morocco there is a bilingual education system, and in some schools it is tri- or quad- lingual (amazing isn’t it?) I’ve previously written about my children’s school and as they’ve progressed through this year I’ve learned a lot about multilingual education. My kids speak Arabic with my in-laws, on the street, and in regular communication at school. They spend half of each day learning in Arabic and the other half in French. What I’ve found is that while they are learning to spell and form sentences in French, they are not as conversationally fluent as they are in…

Homemade Cheese Ravioli

Homemade Cheese Raviolis

“Mom, do you know what you should make for dinner?” What buddy? “Cheese ravioli. Do you remember how good those are? With lots of red sauce…no meat..” Yea, you’re right…I’ll make them one day when I have some extra time, ok? *two days later* “Did you have time yet? I’m going to write cheese ravioli on your meal plan, then you’ll have to make them.” Umm, ok sure I’ll make them I promise. *two more days later* “So mom, how about those cheese ravioli?” Me, silently thinking how have you not forgotten about these yet? Did I raise an elephant?…

Mama Bear TunnelBear

TV and the Expat Experience

One day, last fall when I was in the US I was driving down a back country road listening to NPR (my favorite radio station). A story came on about immigrants and TV. I don’t remember the exact details but remember nodding in agreement when they discussed how TV is what gives immigrants a connection to home. When MarocBaba moved to the US I balked at purchasing an Arabic language TV package, way too much money and for what? He needed to learn English! My expat self sees just how ridiculous I was being. I remember the day we had…

Month 9 in Marrakech: The Update

You’ve been seeing a little less of me here, but that doesn’t mean I haven’t been keeping busy! I’m so happy to share our Marrakech Food Tour has been seeing success and I find myself engaging in the day to day dealings of running a business, while balancing my freelance projects, and other client work. I’m now looking forward to spending a week in Portugal with MarocBaba, followed by a week in northern Spain with my best friend before packing up the kidlets for a summer in the US that is packed with fun and travel. A full plate? Yes,…

the day i ate snails in marrakech

The Day I Ate Snails in Marrakech

  I love to eat, but the things I like to eat venture on the more “tame” side. I’ve been challenging my tastebuds and my comfort zone a lot this year. There was partridge pate in Spain, smoked reindeer in Finland, and even sheep head here in Morocco. All of which I liked. I’m big on having my kids try at least one bite of new foods so with that in mind I have to set a good example and practice what I preach. MarocBaba and I were out researching some new locations for our “freaky food tour” of Marrakech…

Making Friends in Morocco

Making Friends in Morocco

Making friends has never been easy for me. As a young child the friends I had in preschool were largely the same people that complete high school with me. That’s how it is when you live in a small town. When I left the comforts of my hometown, I started to struggle. I was very self conscious and while outspoken in general, when it came to making any serious friendships I struggled. I can say now I really felt that no one would want to seriously be friends with “the fat girl“. I always sat or stood in a way…

Red Curry Rice Bowl

Thai Red Curry Rice Bowl

  The weather here has gone from warm to hot in just a matter of a few days. I feel like we’ve bypassed spring completely and are going to have a long, hot summer. Yesterday, the kids went swimming for the first time this year – and probably the earliest time of the year they’ve been in a pool! I don’t know what it is but as soon as it gets hot my appetite takes a dive. I have no desire to spend time in the kitchen over the stove. It’s been wonderful having a wide variety of produce all…

Handling Medical Emergencies and Healthcare in Morocco

Handling Medical Emergencies and Healthcare in Morocco

What’s your worst travel fear? For most people it’s getting sick or having a medical emergency far from home. But, when you choose to make your home in a foreign country understanding and using the medical care system can be even more intimidating and frightening. In October of last year I had a medical situation that had me returning to the United States for surgery. We had only been in Morocco for a month when I started getting sick. After arguing about going to the doctor for weeks, MarocBaba finally took me in – and we discovered I had a…