Friday, 14 September 2007
See my Award from Wake Up and Smell the Coffee who thinks I am Nice. Thank you. I appreciate the award, the ribbons, and the sentiment. I hope I continue to deserve it. A wonderful way to begin my day I must say.
A darker side of Morocco:
I think Ramadan is a good time for considering the issues from the article.
As I made my home yesterday through the Medina, I noticed it is easy here to know which shop is the best for: tea, pastry, meat, and shebekia (the delicious Ramadan candy). What I must assume are the best shops had long lines (a negligible term in Morocco, more like a crowd really) waiting for the merchandise. I passed through the hoard inhaling the fresh smell of the mint tealeaves lying in mounds on the front stand of the hanut. The chaps and ladies making the thin plate-sized pastry had their rollers and stands set up all along the street, the best of them twirling the pastry dough as it was finished. The butchers had cleavers at the ready and the bloody, fresh, results of their efforts hanging on hooks just inside or for advertisement – outside the shop. The Rabat women were gathering the ingredients to break the Ramadan fast after sunset, and most likely making ready for company. In spite of the day long fasting (only the first day mind) everyone was in good spirits.
I hope your Ramadan season is going well.