a family’s Id in Ait Bouguemez

some tea and cake at home at 6 a.m., and then up to the very early morning prayer in the village:

   

after greeting everybody and wishing a blessed day, people go home to sacrify the sheep:

and then families sit together, share, prepare BBQ and the lunch and enjoy the atmosphere of this holy day:

 

and in the afternoons and over the next days tea with friends.

hope your Id was also a blessed one!

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My Marrakech Favorites

 

Some of you asked me for special tips and my favorite places for food and shopping in Marrakech.
I am happy to share with you those places, but I have to say, that I am Moroccan now, which means that I eat Couscous and Tagine every week and I can buy Djellabahs, Kaftans, Babouches and all the other lovely typical crafts whenever I want; so when I go to the big city, I do much less look for the typical Moroccan places, but more for places where I can find the taste and the style of Europe and the world….

Also I have to admit that going to Marrakech always means something like “consumer noise” – twice a year I simply enjoy then a little shopping-intoxication…
and I have four children now, alhamdulillah, and going to the city is always a bit tricky – so when we all go together, we sometimes even visit places like McDonalds’s because the taste is always and reliably the same and reminds me of my teenage-years, the toilets are clean and they have the most beautiful playgrounds in the country…
Here you go with a mixture of favorite places that actually come to my mind (I am sure I forgot some…):

Typical Moroccan Shopping

The souks of the medina, in the old town of Marrakech – a labyrinth of little shops and handcrafts-ateliers

Centre Artisanal, Avenue Mohammed V, after the Koutoubia mosque towards Guéliz

Cafés, food, snacks, restaurants and nice places

Amal Center, Guéliz,  Rue Ibn Sina, women-empowerment-project that offers great food

Pinocchio Gelato Ice Cream, Sidi Abbad

Le Vôtre, patisserie (best cream tarts)

Les maîtres du pain (whole wheat bread and others international bakery products)

Ayaso concept store for eco and organic things, Bvd Zerktouni, Guéliz

Café des épices, Rahba Kedima place, souks in the médina

Le Jardin Secret, medina, rue Mouassine, souks in the médina

The terrace of the C.T.M.-hotel, Djemma el Fna, a quiet simple place, but good to have a tea/coffee and to gain an overall-view of the big crowded square

Dar Bellarj, medina, behind Medersa Ben Youssuf, quiet museum and cultural place

Café du livre, rue Tariq Ben Ziad, Guéliz

Marrakech has a huge offer of very chic and stylish places to eat and drink, but they are also very expensive, so we often eat in the small and not so stylish restaurants in the outside quarters of the city where the locals eat. There you find good tagine, barbecues, chawarma (kebab), beautiful fresh fruit juices and else

Huge shopping places

AlMazar Shopping Mall, 7km route d’Ourika (including the best bookstore in Marrakech: the Virgin Megastore)

Menara Mall, Boulevard Mohammed VI, luxurious shopping mall with some good stores and a nice huge terrace with an overview towards the Koutoubia mosque, many snack bars on the roof (for ex.”Bagels and Donuts”)

Carré Eden Shopping Mall, Guéliz, Avenue Mohammed V, many european stores like H&M, Starbucks, …

Marjane, Decathlon, Mc Do, Pizza Hut, Kitea, Toys Shop,… and many other tall brand shops, end of Allal Fassi/route de Casa

Carrefour, route de Targa, not too big supermarket with a good selection

Places to relax and enjoy some peace and greenery

Riad Sirocco, 15km route de Targa/Souihla , great for hot days out of the city, only 10,- Euros for access to the nice swimming pool including a lunch and drink – great with children to spend a day when it’s too hot

Anima Garden, 28km route d’Ourika, a quiet paradise and a garden of art and beauty with beautiful café

Jardin Majorelle, the well-known garden with the typical clear-blue-details

Terres d’Amanar, 37km route de Asni/Tahannaoute, climbing and adventure parc for much outdoor fun, especially with children

Wishing you a happy time in the red city! 

My Marrakech – enjoying food variety

Marrakech – a moment to change from everyday life in our remote mountains…
for example by enjoying the food variety and the huge range of different tastes we cannot find in the High Atlas… ice-cream, pizza, burger, fast food, slow food, juices, avocados, strawberries, cake, tarts, cheese, cappuccino, … chinese, italian, indian, american, … oh so yummy!!!

 
     

 

Memories and a Poem

Nearly a month that I didn’t write here – So much that happened over the last weeks at our school. You can read about it at our blog and facebook-site, even around the internet you’ll find different articles and this film talking about our big opening party at the “campus vivant’e”, alhamdulillah.
Now it is getting more quiet around here, Ramadan approaches and a silent fatigue can be felt. The last months were exhausting, yet beautiful.
I’ll share some pictures here and this beautiful German poem a friend gave me – it reflects quiet well some of my thoughts and feelings…

 



KRIEGER DES LICHTS
(Songtext von „Silbermond“) 

Sei wie der Fluß, der eisern ins Meer fließt
Der sich nicht abbringen läßt egal wie schwer’s ist
Selbst den größten Stein fürchtet er nicht
Auch wenn es Jahre dauert bis er ihn bricht
Und wenn Dein Wille schläft, dann weck ihn wieder
Denn in jedem von uns steckt dieser Krieger
Dessen Mut ist wie ein Schwert
Doch die größte Waffe ist sein Herz.

Lasst uns aufstehn
Macht Euch auf den Weg
An alle Krieger des Lichts
An alle Krieger des Lichts
Wo seid Ihr
Ihr seid gebraucht hier
Macht Euch auf den Weg
An alle Krieger des Lichts
An alle Krieger des Lichts
Das hier geht an alle Krieger des Lichts

Hab keine Angst vor Deinen Schwächen
Fürchte nie Deine Fehler aufzudecken
Sei bedacht, beruhigt und befreit
Sei auch verrückt von Zeit zu Zeit
Lass Dich nicht täuschen, auch wenns aus Gold ist
Lass Dich nicht blenden, erst recht von falschem Stolz nicht
Lerne vergeben und verzeihen
Lerne zu fesseln und zu befreien

Lasst uns aufstehn
Macht Euch auf den Weg
An alle Krieger des Lichts
An alle Krieger des Lichts
Wo seid Ihr
Ihr seid gebraucht hier
Macht Euch auf den Weg
An alle Krieger des Lichts
An alle Krieger des Lichts
Das hier geht an alle Krieger des Lichts

Und er kennt seine Grenzen und geht trotzdem zu weit
Kein Glück in der Ferne nachdem er nicht greift
Seine Macht ist sein Glaube
um nichts kämfpt er mehr
Und das immer und immer wieder
Deswegen ist er ein Krieger

Das ist ein Aufruf
Und das hier geht
an alle Krieger
an alle Krieger
Das ist ein Aufruf
Und dieser Aufruf geht
an alle Krieger des Lichts
an alle Krieger des Lichts
Das hier geht an alle Krieger des Lichts

(Danke Fabienne!)

        

Peace, light and love to all of you!