The Idrissi Family – أسرة الادريسي

I’ve made it to Fez and was placed with a wonderful family in the old medina in a district called Ras Jnan. The family runs a beautiful four-story guest house with roof access and put me up in one of the rooms on the ground floor. Here is a video of where I’ll be living until the end of December.

I arrived in Fez during the holiday that marks the end of Ramadan: the family had stayed up the night before until 4am to break the fast, then woke up again at 9am to have another meal. The rest of the day was spent sleeping, eating, and sleeping some more. Still feeling a bit jet-lagged and exhausted from our marathon of lectures in Rabat, that schedule suited me just fine. I took the video between catnaps: the boy passed out in the video is my host brother, Mustapha (17).

Along with Mustapha, I live with my host mom, Nadia, and father Mohammad, sister Amina (20) and youngest brother Amin (12). My first night at the house I went to the traditional hammam (bathhouse) with Amina, and have strolled with her a few times around town.

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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3 Responses to The Idrissi Family – أسرة الادريسي

  1. Liz says:

    wowza laurs, so many thoughts running through my head. First of all, your filming skills have come along quickly! That is some quality stuff! Second, you have such an amazing view of the city!! And does the passed out kid on the couch come with the house?

  2. can’t wait to go to the hammam!

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