Month: December 2014

Sefrou: Drinking Moroccan whiskey in a cave


Last week, my family arrived in Casablanca for a two-week tour of Morocco. After visiting all the tourist spots in Casa, Rabat and Fes, we headed into the Atlas mountains. There, our taxi driver took us to a small cave studded with blankets, cushions, pots and Amazigh jewelry, just off the main street. A wonderful woman whose family had lived there for a century and who now opens her home to travelers made us tea and drowned my 11-year-old brother in a large djellaba.



Glen Kessler of the Washington Post Visits AUI! Plus, a Lecture on Islamophobia Throughout and Outside Islamic Cultures

Last week Thursday, I covered two of the best lectures held at AUI this semester. The first was given by Glen Kessler of the¬†Washington Post‘s “Fact Checker” blog. Kessler explored the importance of unbiased and factual journalism to democracy and self-censorship among Moroccan youth. I had lunch with him after the lecture, and can verify that he’s just as incredible in person as at the podium. Here’s the write-up.


Moroccan Music and a Lecture on Moroccan Family Code

Hey, guys! I’m very sorry nothing’s been posted the last couple of weeks. It seems that here at Al Akhawayn, Finals Week turns into Finals Month, and despite a few trips to Rabat, I’ve been spending a lot of time on papers and… In the meantime, enjoy Hindi Zahra, a beautiful, Norah Jones/Billie Holiday-like artist.