Blogs from Tighassaline, Meknès-Tafilalet, Morocco, Africa


Africa » Morocco » Meknès-Tafilalet » Tighassaline March 20th 2006

This was the perfect trip to greet the new season. The sun was shining and all the flowers were out, but I didn't spend every minute of the weekend outside. As with other PCV get togethers, we had a movie marathon beginning with “Napoleon Dynamite” (home sweetpotato home!) and going through “Office Space” and “Brokeback Mountain” before finishing with some new Family Guy episodes. The landscape of Brokeback actually made me more homesick than the familiarity of Idaho-filmed Napoleon Dynamite. The movies are always a fun mini-vacation but the highlight of this trip was the Middle Atlas landscape. Tighassaline is small enough that any walk quickly led out of town and along rocky paths through new spikes of wheat and uncultivated fields of spring flowers. I discovered blue lupine spires, glowing butter cups, several kinds of ... read more

Africa » Morocco » Meknès-Tafilalet » Tighassaline March 19th 2006

My alarm went off at 5am and as I turned it off I wondered what I was hearing out in the street. Pre-coffee, I though of dogs and pictured all the strays of Kelaa sitting in the street below my apartment talking very loudly. I went upstairs to the kitchen, and as I crossed the open roof from the stairs to the door to the kitchen I could hear the sound more clearly. It was the three closest mosques calling out the pre-morning prayer with the usual delayed repetition that prevents me from distinguishing any one of them very well. I generally sleep through the early call to prayer and when it does disturb me I never fully wake up. This was the first time I realized how long it is. I had stumbled out of ... read more
Lush Valleys
From the roof

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