food for the mind and body – رزق للعقل والجسم

These past two days in Rabat have consisted of sitting and listening to lectures all day, delivered by professors from a few universities here in Morocco, in addition to a number of people from the US Embassy. To give a few examples of subject matter, we’ve listened to lectures titled Current Political Issues in Morocco, Higher Education in Morocco, and Human Rights in Morocco.

Then by night, it has been nothing but eating, eating, eating. This is the last week of Ramadan, and though I (and most of the other people in the Fulbright group) am not fasting, I still have been fed a sumptuous and traditional iftaar dinner every night after dusk to break the fast. Traditionally, after the evening call to prayer, the iftaar begins with the breaking of the fast with dates and fresh milk and a delicious soup that is called harira, which is a tomato based soup with noodles and a few vegetables. Usually there are sweet fried dough bits covered in honey and sesame seeds around the table, and spongy, buttery, flaky pancake-like bread with a sauce of honey and butter to drizzle over. An entrée usually follows that, like a chicken or fish dish. Dessert is fruit and mint tea or coffee. Delicious beyond description.

I whipped my flip video camera out while walking around Rabat last night. I pieced the clips together into one continuous video, but other than that, it is completely unedited. With time, I will hopefully learn how to hold the video camera still while walking and be able to spend more time editing.

About Laura McAdams

Laura McAdams is a Master’s student at University of Pennsylvania studying International Educational Development. Her experience in the MENA region includes 15 months as a Fulbright student researcher to Fez and Ifrane, Morocco in 2010 and 2011. Her project was interested in understanding the disconnect between the policies of technology usage in education and the reality of how these policies unfold in the classroom. Summer 2012 she returned to the Middle Atlas mountains of Morocco to work with a women’s weaving cooperative. She is excited to learn more about other countries in the MENA region and issues involving education policy and reform, technology usage in curriculums and gender equality in education. One of Laura’s lifelong goals is to one day be able to sit down and leisurely read a newspaper in Arabic.
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7 Responses to food for the mind and body – رزق للعقل والجسم

  1. Liz says:

    What a good little filmmaker you are!! I love the cute little boys playing soccer 🙂 Beyond cool, lau. So proud of you!

  2. James Cameron says:

    Hey, Laura-

    Former WF customer and UW math graduate here. I’ve been quietly following your journey, and see that you have now finally reached Morocco! Your project is fascinating and I’m eager to follow the updates on your work. What a thrilling time, eh?

    Here, this just hot off the press, and none too soon:


  3. video is working now. So cool Laurs. Makes me so excited to visit! Can’t wait to purchase my linen robes.

  4. Amy McAdams says:

    hello laura this is amy and erik. food sounds good and the video isn’t working for us either. i know on imovie you can make it so the video is less bouncy. i can show you later. goodbye!

  5. Laurs can’t play the video says it’s private. Perhaps I need a youtube account?

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