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I almost didn’t recognise his voice, deeper yet still soft with prepubescence, when Youssef picked up the phone.

I got excited, momentarily lost in wonder. “Is that really him? God, how tall he is now?”

I think back to summer days, lounging in the neighbour’s olive groves, sunlight dappling our faces. The kids running across the grass, playing tag and laughing loudly. I picture the still green leaves and the red clay walls, brown earth and clear streams.

I cannot wait to cross land and ocean, to pull up to a smoke-filled, sun-soaked entrance. To ring on the bell and have the metal door yanked open. To see beaming smiles and to cover various cheeks with frantic kisses, to tousle hair and clap backs.

It’s been three years and there’s a part of me calling home.

Filed under personal family Morocco summer holidays insha'Allah home

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Arab Swag: The History of Arabization

arabswagger:

Many are often enthralled by European Colonialism and its vast influence on often bastardizing, robbing, exploiting, and conquering large portions of the world and converting them to their sub-par ways of life in an attempt for their own “Superiority” Complexes and often developing inferiority…

You know, when people say to me, “So you’re Arab?”

And I reply with, “Not really…”

This is why.

Filed under arabisation arab supremacy morocco North Africa language culture Islam Ummayads empires

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Reminds me of the eight-hour train journey from Marrakech to Fes (the one time I’ve been to that city) and the slightly shorter journey (4 hours - 5??) from Marrakech to Rabat.
Lovely when you have good company, some komeer with La Vache or fromage 7mer and a seat (don’t forget the essential Sidi Ali). 
Not so great if it’s midnight and packed to bursting.

Reminds me of the eight-hour train journey from Marrakech to Fes (the one time I’ve been to that city) and the slightly shorter journey (4 hours - 5??) from Marrakech to Rabat.

Lovely when you have good company, some komeer with La Vache or fromage 7mer and a seat (don’t forget the essential Sidi Ali).

Not so great if it’s midnight and packed to bursting.

(Source: saaaaahkn, via moroccanstateofmind)

Filed under personal Morocco trains photo that orange tho so chic (generally) fond memories

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Just had a video conversation with the family in Morocco: the audio kept cutting so I had to get creative with my facial expressions and gestures.

For the most part, they understood what I was saying but I cracked up so much when I tried to sign that “I’ll be there [in Morocco, ze3ma] in 10 mins, just let me get my kharqa on and I’ll grab the next flight.” They thought I was saying, “I’ll be back in 10 mins, I’ll get my kharqa on cos I’m gonna pray.” Not quite.

I miss them so much.

Filed under personal family Morocco one of my cousins picked up on the signs very quickly and I got to see my gran :) edit out grammar mistakes - d'oh!