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there are moments when I think I’m still in Morocco

6 October, 2012

Yesterday, I was the accidental recipient of an email from the director of the commission in Morocco that oversees Fulbright grantees.  He wanted to know about current class schedules for the 2012-2013  Fulbright ETAs.

Moments like that, and a number of others, have had me thinking about just how similar living here is to living in rural Morocco.  Here are a few of my favorite ways in which rural, western Kentucky and Tennessee reminds me of my time in al-Maghreb:

1) People drink lots of tea, and they like it so sweet that it’ll make your teeth hurt.

2) The nearest airport is very small, and only has flights to one city.

3) If you’re at all different, folks may stare at you.

4) It is not uncommon for people to be selling used household goods on the side of the road/in parking lots, souk-style.

5) No one will think anything of it if you burn your trash.

6) People sit in chairs facing the street and watch the world go by.

7) Cash is king; your debit or credit card may be useless in a number of places.

8) Outside of town, driving down the middle of the road is commonly practiced.

9) The creepy crawlies are creepier and crawlier than in Illinois.

10) Signs are often written in two languages.

11) There is a limited selection of many products, and certain things can only be found if you know where to look for them.

12) And best of all, people are very friendly and helpful once you get past any initial stares.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. The Friend permalink
    7 October, 2012 12:43

    Cool thoughts, as usual, Tracy.

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