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Casbah Pad Coming Together

Let’s face it. I’m broke. I have less than $500 in a bank account that I can’t touch because of a bank error and a little more than $100 in ready cash. I don’t get paid until the end of the month, and I’m worried about that because I’ve yet to get the paperwork I need. I am earning a bit with a weekly blogging workshop but am having trouble getting paid for my other blogging efforts. Financially, I have every right to be worried. For some reason I’m not though.

The good news is that my apartment costs about $100 a month, fresh veggies and fruit are cheap and right around the corner, and I’ve got a job that hopefully will pan out and provide what I need to build a life here.

What I don’t have is extra money to travel, pay bribes for marriage paperwork, or enjoy anything but the simplest of lives. C’est la vie. I’ve a place to read and write and study and friends. Life is good.

Chair and desk in the Casbah
Chair and desk in the Casbah

My friend Yassine and his family gave me a chair and a small mattress to start. Hanane and her mom gave me a gas tank and a tea pot, plus a blanket.
Tajine and gas stove
TAjine and gas stove

My friend Clark, a Peace Corps volunteer who is leaving here after two years was able to give me some pillows, another blanket, and some various kitchen items, broom, and the essential squeegee.
Jess in Sefrou
Jess in Sefrou

And my neigbor Jessica who is remodeling a riad in Fes for the ALC (my employer) was able to sell me two banquets, a writing desk, a small kitchen shelf, book shelf, double mattress, and a clothes hanging thing a majig.
My living room has couches in Sefrou
My living room has couches in Sefrou

I’m furnished and as such, I’ve changed my couch surfing profile to the long awaited ‘available’. So if you want to surf my couch, come to Sefrou to the baddest part of the ancient old Medina, pass the whores on the right, then go past the card sharper boys, make a right at the cutthroat with a drinking problem, and then bang loudly on the door and yell “Vago!”

You are welcome…or as we say here “Marhaban!”

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Vago Damitio

Mr. Damitio  (@vagodamitio) is the Editor-in-Chief for Vagobond. Life is good. You can also find him on Google+ and at Facebook

5 thoughts on “Casbah Pad Coming Together

  • November 12, 2009 at 9:50 pm
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    Incredible, your apartment is only $100, I can’t even imagine paying that in NY. Even thou you are low on cash funds, you sound like you are in heaven there in Morocco. Your blog is fascinating and you are doing a wonderful job. Thanks

  • November 14, 2009 at 1:57 pm
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    It amazes me too. In actuality with utilities and the lousy exchange for the dollar it’s closer to $150 but still…this is living.

  • December 19, 2009 at 2:35 pm
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    Hey Vago,
    we loved and enjoyed the stay at your home. hope to see you again before we depart Morocco.
    Cindy & Lyn

  • July 5, 2010 at 6:26 am
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    The photos are missing!

  • July 5, 2010 at 9:05 am
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    Thanks Pixley…I have no idea how that happened but I’ll get the photos back asap.

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