where water flows free – حيث يدفق الماء بحرية

I wrote in an earlier post that there is a seqaya, or public fountain, in every neighborhood, but it is probably more accurate to say each neighborhood has at least two or three. Fez is bursting with these fountains and I can think of at least two within a few minutes from my house:

Even the most humble seqaya is decorated with Moroccan tile, or zillij, and serves the community as a place to wash up and collect water. They’re usually placed near the neighborhood mosque to facilitate ablution before prayer, but not always.

My first day here my two host brothers came home with jugs filled with water from one of these public fountains. I assumed that they had bought bottled water from the local store, and drank up. I can now drink medina water without any trouble, though it did initially take my system a small bit of adjustment.


This beautiful fountain is not in my neighborhood, Ras Jnan, but is near the shopping streets and Bab Boujloud.

The sink in the bathroom is my own personal seqaya.


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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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