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University of Massachusetts, University of Vermont
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Asilah, Tangier-Tetouan, Morocco · Member since August 2011
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I'm a retired teacher from Massachusetts. I came to Morocco initially with the Peace Corps, but the mystery of this fascinating culture remained. Fortunately, I retained my ability to speak the Moroccan dialect, helped along by several summers studying classical Arabic at the American Language Center in Fes. At this time, I'm living my dream to try to really understand Morocco and be part of the community. I'd love to help you meet people and be part of this way of life. I spend more than half the year in Morocco in my house in the Lalla Rahama neighborhood, named after a local holy woman. The downstairs apartment is available to travelers. I can help you as much or as little as you would like.

Gossiping with local women and collecting recipes,especially for vegetables, are my two great preoccupations. I grew up eating waxed beans, boiled New England-style, salt and pepper only. What a revelation Moroccan cooking was! All those spices, all those fresh vegetables year round. From artichoke stalks to preserved lemons, kefta to grilled liver sandwiches, almond-filled gazelle horns to sticky sweet shebakia during Ramadan, I love it all. Moroccans are open-minded, generous, willing to discuss politics or not, religion or not, but always with a sense of humor.