I’ve been busy lately with teaching at the ALC, organizing the film club, and learning how to use my new semi-automatic washing machine correctly. It’s basically a bucket that agitates and then I empty the dirty water, replace with fresh water, and repeat. Then I wring out the clothes by hand and hang them in my parlor. It’s similar to my semi automatic shower in which I heat water in a kettle, pour it into my solar shower bag, and then hang it in the wet room for a hot shower. Both empty on the floor and make me happy I have a big squeegee to push the water to the open drains.
All of that aside though, Hanane and I have managed to have a few adventures. In the hills of Sefrou the forest is being mowed down to build big mudbrick villas for the rich. Sefrou used to be an area of fruit trees, gardens, and agriculture. Not so much anymore. One day we took a walk in a forest that was set to probably be removed after a few days and while sitting there I found some broken pieces of a big pot. Some of them fit together. In two trips we found about 40 pieces and using super glue I managed to reconstruct most of the pot. All the pieces fit. We couldn’t find the rest, but I think it looks pretty cool. I’ve had to repair it (haha) twice when the superglue didn’t hold and when I kicked the table it was on and broke off the top.
Check it out.
Another adventure was to a top secret village near Sefrou where a number of Moroccan saints are buries. Moroccan Islam is filled with all kinds of saints and if you look around you find their tombs on hilltops, in beautiful spots, and really all over the place. This particular place was incredible. Small medinas on hilltops with gushing streams forced through where the local women do their laundry. Of course the men are just sitting around watching.
In this particular place, the kids all ran away when Hanane would offer them candy, we’ve never seen that before. The view though was stupendous and most of the people were nice though they looked at us like we were from another planet. It’s possible that we will live there someday. I think it’s probably like Sefrou used to be in terms of nature and agriculture.
Hanane took this one. Beautiful shot, huh?
In a few weeks I’ll be going to Agadir for the first time for a teacher conference and I’ll try to get lots of pictures, though on the last trip we took, I sat on my camera and broke the screen so now I can’t use any of the features like zoom or anything else. Sometimes I’m an idiot.