Any plans for weekend? Why not try visiting Chefchaouen? Situated in the heart of Morocco's Rif Mountains, The medina (old town) of Chefchaouen has a very relaxed atmosphere.
Most of its streets and walls are painted in blue by the Jewish refugees who lived there during the 1930's. It is a spectacular sight at the backdrop of peaks of the Rif Mountains. The streets are filled with cozy restaurants and shops where you can easily mingle with the locals.
If you are into souvenir shopping, I’m sure you can find some good choices there too.
The 29th of June actually is the birthday of one of our volunteers from Portugal who is originally French. Nicole Dussause, is doing nursing at Souissi hospital, Radiology block, where she feels very happy and made a lot of friends who celebrated with her, her birthday with Asmaa who visited her with the other volunteer who is studying French now before joining the same hospital next month for nursing as well…
Yes exactly new volies have met the old volies. Socializing that was there as well. Plans, Indeed there was a number of plans set up.
In brief the get together yesterday was one of kind because of the number of volunteers who were there new and old volunteers. We had so much fun making jocks, playing games and of course having Moroccan dishes for dinner, Ammm that was delicious, looking forwards to meeting the upcoming volunteers soon.
Isfenj is a Moroccan treat that is similar to fried doughnuts. They are made from dough and you don't usually make them at home. Every neighborhood in Morocco has its Isfenj seller. They usually have a dynamic working technique for rolling the dough in their hands to make a ball, punching it through with their fingers, stretching the dough and then dropping it into very hot oil. They use a long metal hook to turn it over they are cooked until they are beyond golden brown.
What makes it that good is certainly having them with mint tea while they are still hot. You can sprinkle them with sugar or dip them in eggs and then fried them if you like, but most people eat them plain. They are crispy on the outside, tender and chewy on the inside.
B saha W laafia!!!!
The answer is simple. Years ago the weekend in Morocco used to be Thursday and Friday instead of Saturday and Sunday, and after each Friday prayer Moroccans used to have a get together for the extended family; Where they used to spend a lot of money and still people are not full. Therefore they thought of preparing something delicious that fill everyone and not expensive at once. So they come up with Couscous. In brief its more than a dish, but a social event.
When we get together everything become better!! It has been quite a long time we didn't had such a number of volies. On Tuesday there was a twenty volies on the get together that had been held at L'blidy's family.
New! Well not really new they became already Moroccans after spending about a week each. I myself was so happy seeing how fast they socialized between each other and they started making plans already. It always feels good when you see everyone happy!!!
The evening of Friday the 17th, Adil, Justin, Jonathan, Allan and I went to the Jazz Au Challeah festival where we had so much fun watching the place vibrating with the sounds of the trumpet and piano in a charming site!! It was just amazing we really enjoyed ourselves
With a couple of my friends that we have met at the show
the show is getting wow!!
After the word of the festival's director and the ambassador of the EU delegation, the audience couldn't wait much till the Portic Quartet went out to mesmerize the crowd with their brilliant Music in such a nice site.
After almost an hour of London's Jazz, the audience was presented later on to the German one with Talking Horns who played such a nice spiritual music that get me lifted myself.
While everybody was getting prepared to leave, the Aisaoua come on stage within their nice Jelabas and flags symbolizing peace and tolerance. Who met the Talking Horns in such wonderful peaces All of this was under a charming view of a full moon!!!!
Tonights' show is dedicated to females with the charming Iva Bittova and the lovely Michaela Rabitcha as well as the Moroccan young lady Nabyla Maan :-) !!!!
Every evening at 20h
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Portico Quartet (England) - Music Project at the borders of jazz and world music
Talking Horns (Germany) - Quartet colorful, powerful and masterly
Meet the Aissaoua
Thursday, June 16, 2011
Iva Bittova (Czech Republic) - An atypical artist and virtuoso
Duo Rabitsch Michaela and Robert Pawlik (Austria) - A lyrical duet to
compositions andinvigorating sensual and feminine!
Meet Meet Nabyla Maan, Tarik Hilal, Mohamed Amrani
Friday, June 17, 2011
Ramon Fossati Toni Sola & the Ignasse Terraza Trio (Spain) -
A powerful jazz,energetic, invigorating
Toine Thys Wonder Brass Band (Belgium-Netherlands-Portugal) - Jazz language in
Europe, exclusively for "Jazz at Chellah"
Interview with Farid Mayara Trio
Saturday, June 18, 2011
Elifantree Trio (Sweden-Finland) - An acoustic trio from northern
Europe: expressiveand unusual
Søren Bebe Trio (Denmark) - One of the pianist and his
trio for the soul immersed inScandinavian
Meet Faïz Lamouri
Sunday, June 19, 2011
Emile Parisien Quartet (France) - Music Project at the borders of jazz and world
Pino Minafra "Africa Mood" Quintet (Italy) - To (re) experience the freedom of
the soul and the musical qualities of the people of South Africa
Meeting with Mahmoud Guinea Trio
Ouarzazat!! the charm of this city could be resumed in the following: Countless Kasbahs in mud (The Kasbah Taourirt, The cons…), Mountains chain, Valleys and lushes of palm groves, Villages of red argyle and the Movies studios!!!!
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