Posts Tagged‘Culture’

To Understand, Adopt, or Reject Your Spouses Culture

If you have seen my post on 6 Assumptions People Make When They Hear Your Husband is Arab then you should take another meander through the comment section. I’ve wrestled with whether or not I should shut it down or leave it open. It seems there are a lot of people on both sides needing to clear the air. You can jump over there to see what I mean. One theme that keeps coming up is the issues of religion and culture – it’s complex to be sure but something you will have to grapple with at many points in your…

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Moroccan Food and Life Proverbs

I’ve always been intrigued by the proverbs or sayings that different countries and languages have. Some simply don’t make sense in translation, while others can tell you a lot about that place. It makes sense the references that are used when you understand the culture, or even begin to understand where people are coming from. I have searched high and low for Moroccan proverbs. Some I’ve heard people use but I’ll admit they don’t make as much sense in translation. One definition of a proverb is, “a short pithy saying in common and recognised use; a concise sentence, often metaphorical…

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This Week In Marrakech : What I’ve Been Doing

Maybe you noticed my posts were light this week.  It’s been all kinds of crazy. So crazy I haven’t taken a single picture with my camera – only Instagram! The week started with a trip to Casablanca to pick up our boxes from the US that had finally arrived – several weeks late.  (If you didn’t catch it, I shared a post with my 8 Tips for Making an Interntional Move with Kids on ChicagoNow a few weeks ago). We took the very early train from Marrakech to Casablanca at 4:30 am.  It should have arrived shortly after 8am, perfect…

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{Guest Post} Visit Morocco Through Kids Yoga

Today I’m welcoming Giselle Shardlow the author of Kids Yoga Stories. Her yoga-inspired children’s books get children moving, learning, and having fun. Giselle draws from her experiences as a teacher, traveler, yogi, and mom to write her stories found at www.kidsyogastories.com or on Amazon worldwide.  My kids and I love yoga – they’ve been practicing since their pre-K days in a Montessori school and I love how it is one of the only things that make my back feel good! Enjoy this guest post inspired by Morocco! “Morocco is THE destination for all lovers of flora and fauna.” (VisitMorocco.com) Whether…

When Culture Intersects with Reality

When you marry someone from another culture you expect there to be bumps along the way.  There will be language barriers and challenges with finding employment.  You might have different ideas about how to raise children or what to eat for dinner. I never expected there to be issues in the bathroom.  Never.  I promise I’m not going to go TMI on you here but I think this is such an important topic.  I’ve even devoted a whole section in my upcoming book just the bathroom. (Want to be the first to know about the book launch? Sign up for…

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Medicinal Uses of Moroccan Spices

I’m kicking off a week of posts focusing on natural ideas and recipes.  I have been wanting to do these posts for a while. I was a total skeptic about traditional/natural medicine before I went to Morocco. I was a skeptic up until the day I had gotten a serious bout of digestive issues and couldn’t keep anything down.  My mother in law shoved a spoonful of cumin in my mouth and all of the nastiness stopped. Just like that.  Moroccan food is full of different spices and traditional medicine shops can be found everywhere in Morocco. Moroccan spices really…

Digging In {Eating with Your Hands}

As much as I love cooking, eating, and writing about Moroccan food I love reading about other peoples’ experience with Moroccan food too.  I’ve always been a fan of Global Table Adventure and have been waiting for Sasha to get to Morocco. Her series just finished and her final post gave me a good idea for a post.  Her last post was a summary of their Moroccan meal week. One of the issues that she raised was that of using hands to eat versus using silverware.  Sasha decided to serve their Moroccan meal on individual plates with silverware. I had…