Introductions and Useful Expressions in Moroccan Arabic Darija

Introductions and Useful Expressions in Moroccan Arabic (Darija)

I’ve had a lot of people ask over the years for resources to learn Arabic, and specifically Moroccan Arabic. There’s not a lot out there and honestly the best way I’ve learned has been to live here. I know that’s not a reality for everyone. You can check out my Language Resources page for some ideas. I also plan to do a weekly “Dose of Darija”.  At first I thought I’d do this everyday for a week then decided it’s probably better to spread them out. I’m going to start in the beginning and work my way through different lessons.…

Afghani Style Chicken Pulao

Afghani Chicken Pulao

Earlier this week I made an Afghani inspired chicken pulao dish that was a delicious hit.  Truth be told, before we moved to Washington DC in 2007, I had never eaten Afghani food. I had never met a person from Afghanistan. Like many people our only connection to the country was the on-going war. I have a brother in law who was stationed there several times and friends of course but that was as close as it got. My first brush with Islam, was through the sordid tales emerging from Taliban Afghanistan (not a pretty picture). Then in Washington DC…

Staying in a Riad with Kids

Staying in a Riad with Kids; Riad Anata, Fez

Having visited Marrakech for the better part of 10 years I’m very familiar with the different room options for visitors. One of the most popular here and in Fez is to stay in a riad. I’ve had the good fortune of visiting and staying in several and overall think they are the most wonderful way to experience Morocco. What is a riad? In Morocco, the term refers to a traditional home or palace with an interior garden or courtyard. The first signs of riads in Morocco can be dated as far back as the Roman empire (2nd century AD) and…

Lamb, Fig, and Almond Tajine Side

Moroccan Lamb and Fig Tajine

A few months ago we went to have dinner at Ksar Essaoussan in Marrakech. It’s a riad that has been remade into a restaurant, and unlike many riads here, has no rooms for guests – it’s purely somewhere to just enjoy a good meal. Just finding it was an exercise – and we’re quite familiar with the winding streets of the old medina. Thankfully each night a man in a red cape is posted on Bab L’kssour to show guests just how to get to the restaurant. The ambiance was incredibly nice and the food really well done. We had…

Drum Making in Fez with Kids

Making Moroccan Drums in Fez, Morocco

On our long weekend in Fez, I set out to find things that our boys would enjoy doing. I know my kids (and husband for that matter) well enough to know that dragging them up and the streets of Fez shopping was not going to be enjoyable. While I am enjoying decorating and designing our apartment, I also didn’t want to spend my days shopping. There are a lot of museums and historical sites in Fez, it’s really a very fun place and I’ll write a post just on that too. But, this post is all about the drums. There…

Moroccos Dades Valley and Todra Gorge

Touring the Todra Gorge and Dades Valley

Some people say there are two different Morocco’s – the rural and the urban. But, I think there are many, many more. For a small country (remember Morocco is only the size of the US state of California) the geographic differences are sometimes overwhelming. The country is divided by mountain ranges, deserts, forests, and some waterways. These natural borders make the differences even more glaring. Traveling from Marrakech to the Sahara, over the High Atlas mountains we knew that there would be several stops along the way. I had visited the Sahara in the southern Morocco but we were headed…

Homemade Sea Salt Soft Pretzels

Homemade Sea Salt Soft Pretzels

Last week K casually came to me and asked, “Mom, can you make some Lego marshmallows, please?” Lego marshmallows? What are those?  I promised him that I would look online to see if such a thing even exists. (A friend later told me that yes, they do exist and can be found on YouTube.) But we got busy with our trip to Fez and the marshmallows never happened. But, he didn’t forget. Monday he asked for soft pretzels with cheese sauce. You probably won’t be surprised to find out neither of these exist in Morocco so I had to make…

How to Afford a Global Lfestyle

How Can You Afford a Global Lifestyle? 10 Bloggers Share Their Story.

Sadly, this post I shared many months ago mysteriously disappeared from my blog. After some digging I was able to recover the original text and am republishing this post so many found helpful. There is an assumption that in order to travel the world you must be independently wealthy or have really good connections. The truth is neither of these things is true.  Having a global lifestyle is a choice (in most cases) that families and individuals make. Some people choose to have a large home in the suburbs with all the “nice things” in life, while others opt for…