Last Meal

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We’re on our way out of Morocco today, and we celebrated by having a fantastic last meal in Marrakech with a few of our closest PCV friends. The meal pictured is called rafissa, and it’s made with shredded fried dough topped with spiced chicken and lentils and doused in a delicious soupy sauce. It’s a difficult dish to prepare, and so is usually saved for special occasions, which makes it fitting for today :-). Morocco, we’ll miss you, and we’ll see you again in the future, inchallah.

-Matt and Cori

In-Service Training

Hey all! Since we’ve been in site for a little over 2 months now and have (theoretically) started integrating and doing work, it’s time for another Peace Corps training! We’re currently in Marrakech for what’s called In-Service Training, which is a week of training for all the volunteers in the group we came with. We’re having a great time catching up with everyone, seeing the sights of Marrakech, and participating in really important organized events such as the Pool Olympics, Darija Talent Show, and the Prom that’ll happen at the end of IST next week.

The big mosque in downtown Marrakesh

The big mosque in downtown Marrakesh

Snake charmers in Jemaa el Fnaa, the big tourist square. This is where he catches us taking a picture and makes us pay for it.

Snake charmers in Jemaa el Fnaa, the big tourist square. This is where he catches us taking a picture and makes us pay for it.

Matt performing his twist dive in the catapult event of the Pool Olympics

Matt performing his twist dive in the catapult event of the Pool Olympics

But really, we are doing quite a lot of work here meeting with volunteers and staff to discuss what we’ve all been up to and to be trained in a few more things. We’re also getting a lot of language instruction – Matt and I are studying Darija in the mornings and in the evenings we’re also finally getting a chance to have some formal instruction in Tamazight, the Berber language that almost everyone in Azilal speaks. It’s not strictly necessary for us to learn, because most people in Azilal also speak Darija, but we figured it’d be nice to have that extra way to connect with people.

We’re pretty busy and pretty tired most days here but it’s really nice to see everyone after being in site by ourselves for the better part of the last few months. Enjoy the pictures!

Matt and Cori