Mausoleum of Mohammed V

This mausoleum is home to the remains of Moroccan royalty.  It contains the tombs of the Moroccan king, Mohammad V, and his two sons, King Hassan II and Prince Abdallah. It is an exquisitely designed building. Advertisements

Riad – Quaint Living

Our primary residences in Morocco were quaint little establishments known as riads. A riad is a traditional Moroccan house with an interior courtyard which is generally opened to the sky. The riad’s we stayed in were converted from homes to guest establishments. The rooms were typically very small fitting little more than a bed and…

Monochrome Monday: Pouring Mint Tea

Mint tea is a ritual drink in Morocco that is more common than coffee. The proper way to pour is to start low (for beginners like me) then raise the pot high and let the concoction of green tea infused with copious amounts of mint and sugar fall through the air and into the waiting…

Tea and Cigarettes

When I was young, my parents would sit out on our front porch after dark and after the time the mosquitoes went to sleep. Neighbors would wander on by to sit and chat for hours on end. We were a more gregarious people in those days. In modern times, it feels those of us in…

To Market, To Market

I love the open markets prevalent worldwide. These markets seem to be ubiquitous in countries outside the direct influence of the west. I walk through them just to feel the energy of people engaged in commerce. It’s a system in which prices are rarely fixed. Living in India, I learned the art of haggling with the…

Reincarnation

We look at the great expanse of the sky as a source of freedom from earthly bounds, an escape from the gravity that binds us to the earth. We look skyward seeking the face of god. Our human souls long for the heavens. The souls of these plants also long for the heavens. From birth until…

It Is Universal

I have lost count of the number of times I have heard those of Islamic faith vilified. This alarms me but does not surprise me. Much the same, the election of Trump alarmed but did not surprise me. Why was I not surprised that a xenophobe/racist won the election? Generous estimates say that about 46%…