Music, BBQ and Moroccan Brunch, Part 1: In Ksar El Kbir, it’s summer in the city

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This past weekend, Ksar El Kbir, a town of around 100,000 in the northern mountains of Morocco, presented me with a beautiful summer escape from midterms. On the way to find my Peace Corps hosts, who were throwing a party for a departing volunteer group, I passed young boys eating barbeque and olive sandwiches, horse cart taxis and meadows reminiscent of yellow Wisconsin flower fields in May.

I spent the night scavenging for party food, checking out Ksar’s night scene, watching Suburban Gothic (YES) and eating barbeque chips out of a tagine with four volunteers and their Moroccan friend. The house was incredible: almost a riad, it boasted interior and exterior stained glass windows and an incredible roof. Sure, the nearby preschool murals were a bit strange, but they definitely added to the charm.

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Someday, I’d like to experience the same substances that made that lady so happy (USG, that’s a JOKE. I SWEAR).

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Yeah, I don’t know why there were that many couches, either.

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On our hunter/gatherer excursion, we even found a token Nutella jar.

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The next morning, we made pancakes for a volunteer’s birthday. One volunteer exclaimed, “There’s so many faranjees here! … Oh, it’s what they call foreigners in Ethiopia.” Knew that. Really, no explanation needed.

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We then peeked around the city, finding wood for the hammam:

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And a strangely apathetic cat.

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Man, here, even the cows are well fed.

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So were we.

As the day went on, the house filled with 10 or so additional guests. In the evening’s blue projector light, a volunteer and a Moroccan from Ksar began playing music… and that’s when the magic truly began.

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