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December 2011

Lisa Borkowski from Germany talking about her overall experience in Morocco   (published in Morocco)

December 28, 2011 by   Comments(0)

Mein Name ist Lisa und ich war 2 Monate lang Freiwillige im Bereich Soziale Arbeit in Marokko. Obwohl ich ohne jegliche Erwartungen nach Rabat kam, war alles ganz anders, als ich es mir vorgestellt hatte. Ich war überrascht, wie modern und europäisch die Stadt aussah. Doch sobald ich in die Medina, die Altstadt, kam, war das marokkanische Flair nicht mehr zu übersehen. 

In meiner Gastfamilie wurde ich wirklich sehr herzlich empfangen und sofort mit marokkanischem Gebäck und natürlich dem "Thé à la menthe" versorgt. Besonders erstaunt war ich über die Größe der Familie, da jegliche Cousins, Cousinen und Tanten bei meiner Ankunft zu Besuch waren. Auch während der ganzen 2 Monate, die ich hier verbracht habe, war immer jemand aus der Verwandtschaft zu Besuch. Meine Gastfamilie hat mich wie eine weitere Tochter aufgenommen, und ich hab mich richtig zu Hause gefühlt. 

Mein Projekt war in Salé und ich spielte jeden Tag in der Organisation "AMESIP" mit sozial benachteiligten Kindern. Auch wenn die Kinder dort sehr grob sein konnten, sind sie doch zuckersüß. So sind sie mir sofort ans Herz gewachsen und fehlten mir gleich, wenn ich mal nicht arbeiten musste. In der Organisation waren Kinder ab 3 Jahren aufwärts, es gab keine Grenze nach oben. Die meiste Zeit spielte ich Fußball mit ihnen, aber auch andere Spiele gehörten zum Zeitvertreib. 

An den Wochenenden verreiste ich meistens mit den anderen Freiwilligen. Das war immer sehr lustig. Ich habe hier viele Freundschaften fürs Leben geschlossen und bin mir sicher, dass ich nächstes Jahr wieder herkommen werde, Inshalah!    


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Lisa Borkowski from Germany talking about her overall experience in Morocco
 

Ras El Hanout   (published in Morocco)

December 22, 2011 by   Comments(0)

To better understand the Moroccan cuisine, you must understand the use and know about spices involved in this cuisine which is the secret behind how delicious each plate is.

Rass El Hanout: its name has nothing to do with it as it means the "head of the corner shop" J this is a special spice found especially in Morocco. It consists of a mixture of spices including: Melegueta pepper, Lavender, Galanga, Long pepper, Pepper shank, Nutmeg, Root of the iris, Chili Jamaica, Cinnamon, dried Mace, Cloves, Black cumin, Ginger, Cardamom, Black pepper, Turmeric and other spices all crashed and mixed together.

 

This Moroccan spice is heavily used in Morocco dishes. It is fragrant, considerately spicy, and perfect in Tagines and other stews, couscous, delicacies and more. So if you are wondering what makes Moroccan food special in its way try to use Rass El Hanout with some saffron and you'll get the answer. 

 

 

 




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Ras El Hanout
 

Bab Lamrrisa, Sale   (published in Morocco)

December 15, 2011 by   Comments(0)

Bab Lamrrisa was built back in the 16th century by n Andalusian engineer come from Seville called, Muhamed Ben Ali. It faced up Bougergreg River towards Hassan tower. It was built with a unique technique enduring the era. Water was brought to the door using a deep broad channel, in order to export ships to the sea after they are constructed inside the Medina. They open the basin of the north door until the big channel is filled and then they sail with ships to the sea via the Borgreg river. On either side of the arch, flower motives interlace on a quasi triangular surface in the centre of which are thrown two symmetrical shells. The summit of the door is finished off a frieze of geometric traceries under which are also inlaid shells. In every end of this band which ends on an angle, two short small columns support a raven made by notches, decorated with serpentines and crowned with a tray of rectangular stone. It is to add that the whole facade including different decorating is exclusively constituted of stone. 

 

Bab Lamrissa in 60s 

 

 

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Bab Lamrrisa, Sale
 

The International Film Festival of Marrakech has come to an end far too quick.   (published in Morocco)

December 13, 2011 by   Comments(0)

The International Film Festival of Marrakech has come to an end far too quick. All along the week we have seen international names, actors and directors, getting honored on the red carpet. Including Forest Whitaker, just before the tribute ceremony, extracts from his works were projected. Also the audience of the legendary Jamaa El Fna square has been able to follow the screening of Whitaker "Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai" published in 1999.

 

Fans of this remarkable actor also enjoyed a selection of his best films as "Panic Room" "Mary" and "The Last King of Scotland".

Besides Whitaker, the FIFM honored this year Indian actor Shah Rukh Khan, the Franco-Moroccan Roshdy Zem, the Moroccan country-side lover Bastaoui Mohamed, the American director Terry Gilliam and the Italian director Marco Bellochio. 


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The International Film Festival of Marrakech has come to an end far too quick.
 

Wednesday get together   (published in Morocco)

December 9, 2011 by   Comments(0)

Hello everybody,

Hope you are all doing great! This is our small line describing how interesting our weekly get together was. Nevertheless the number of volunteers is increasing the good atmosphere and fun is still around, however we start missing volunteers who have left previously namely: Stephanie, Imogen and Hanne. We were at Marrakchi family. Mdm. Meryam prepared a great variety of food, Cakes, Passtilla, tarts and different other stuff. Also, Mr. Said was there uttering his usual random jocks, playing music and inviting everybody to dance. Conversations took place as well weather one to one or in public announcing some news. I smelled some traveling plans were made at the meeting. Hope everybody enjoyed! Have a nice weekend and see you soon. 

Our weekly photo, sorry no food is provided out of it, watch and don't be jealous :) join us for some  

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International Festival of the Film of Marrakech (Tribute to Bestaoui)   (published in Morocco)

December 6, 2011 by   Comments(0)

After the Indian superstar Shah Ruh Khan, Rouchdy Zem, last night was dedicated to the big Moroccan actor Mohammed Bastaoui who was in honor on Monday evening during an organized ceremony at the Congress palace, as part of the 11th edition of the International Festival of the Film of Marrakech (FIFM).

Mrs Touria Jebran, Actress and the previous minister of culture was the one who took the chance to handle the star of the festival to our lovely Bestaoui. "Bestaoui made part of my memoire and me" she said with emotions.

Bastaoui is the third to be honoured during this edition, organized from 2 till 10 December, after the Indian actor shah Rukh khan and the French actor of Moroccan origin Roschdy Zem. 

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International Festival of the Film of Marrakech (Tribute to Bestaoui)
 

Morocco Mall, Casablanca.   (published in Morocco)

December 2, 2011 by   Comments(0)

Yesterday the 1st of December Lala Meryem, King Mohamed the 6th sister, chaired the pre-opening ceremony of the largest mall in the African continent, in Casablanca, La Cornich. So after Having cut the symbolic cordon, The princess Lalla Meryem went to Galleries Lafayette, which occupy three floors, before visiting the mosque of the Berbers, shopping centre and souks, of Fes, Marrakech and the gold souk, which compose the space of The medina, a Ryad where traditions meets modernity. Later, her majesty joined Lounge where she attended the show of the musical fountain, third fountain in the world of this type accomplished on an area of 6.000 m2, before visiting the pavilion of luxury shops.  Generally the Mall was built upon 3 hectares, 40% of it dedicated to green spaces in the mall. Besides all the luxurious shops and international brands, the mall consists of a wide number of activities where people can enjoy themselves such as bowling, 3D cinemas also a large choice of food places and restaurants. Enjoy the visit J on the official opening ceremony on the 4th with Jenifer Lopez 


 

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Morocco Mall, Casablanca.