July, 2014

Marrakech Reading List: ‘Humor and Moroccan Culture’ by Matthew Helmke

Friday, July 25th, 2014

For a book that includes the word humour in the title, ‘Humour and Morocan Culture’ is not particularly a funny book; but that is not to say that it is not worth a read. The books author, Matthew Helmke, promises that his short book “will explore and discuss the hidden aspects of Moroccan culture, things […]

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The Figue de Barbarie

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

The Figue de Barbarie goes by many names: the prickly pear, Karmous, Handia, Opuntia ficus-indica or simply, and perhaps most obviously, the Fig. However, whatever you call it, it is delicious. The Figue de Barbarie, as we shall call it for now, is a popular summer fruit throughout Marrakech and, between May and October, it is sold […]

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Iftar in Marrakech

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

The Iftar, taken from the Arabic إفطار‎, which literally translates as ‘Breakfast’, refers to the evening meal when Muslims end their fast during Ramadan. In Morocco, as elsewhere, it is traditional for people to try and break their fast at home, with their families. Therefore in the moments leading up to Iftar there is a […]

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The Watermelons of Marrakech

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

Watermelons are thought to have originated in southern Africa, where it is often found growing wild. Of course, today the watermelon is enjoyed all over the world and is often associated with warm climates and hot weather. It is not surprising then that Morocco is the world’s 12th melon exporter in the world. Indeed, melon […]

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The Minaret’s of Marrakech

Tuesday, July 15th, 2014

The city of Marrakech contains more than 360 mosques and, of course, the visual focal point of each mosque is the minaret. The minaret – from the arabic manāra (منارة), meaning lighthouse – is a tall spire or tower that extends up from the main mosque. Perhaps the most prominent example is the beautiful minaret […]

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Marrakech Reading List: ‘A Street in Marrakech’ by Elizabeth Warnock Fernea

Sunday, July 13th, 2014

Elizabeth Warnock Fernea and her family moved into a small street in the Medina or the traditional city of Marrakech in August 1971, when her husband received a grant to study Moroccan culture. Her book, a ‘Street in Marrakech’, provides a personal view of the city as experienced from her eyes and is just and […]

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Ras el Hanout

Saturday, July 12th, 2014

Morocco cuisine is known throughout the world for it’s extensive use of spices. Perhaps the most prevelant in Moroccan cooking is Ras el Hanout, a mixture of ground spices that literally translates as ‘the head of the shop’, implying that the spice provides the best the shop has to offer. The recipe for Ras el […]

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Marrakech Reading List: ‘A Year in Marrakesh’ by Peter Mayne

Thursday, July 10th, 2014

  If you are looking for a good book to accompany you on your trip to Marrakech, or if you are simply looking to learn more about Moroccan culture then look no further. Our Marrakech Reading List kicks off with Peter Mayne’s ‘A Year in Marrakesh’, a personal record of an English man’s attempt to settle […]

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The Seasonal Jobs of Ramadan

Tuesday, July 8th, 2014

  During the month of Ramadan, many Moroccan’s change their job to fit the alternate rhythm of life during this period. As the Muslim people fast during the day, the small shops and many of the non-tourist restaurants which sell food and drink to locals need to find a way to make money. Abdil invited us […]

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100 years of Moroccan trains, 50 years of The National Office of Railways (ONCF)

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

100 hundred years ago the first train line was built in Morocco. It connected the cities of Casablanca and Berrechid and was used to transport supply military troops of the French Protectorate. Fast forward almost exactly 50 years and The National Office of Railways – or the ONCF as it is now more commonly known […]

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