As I leave Alaska, I am thinking about all the questions my students have about life in Morocco. At the same time I think about all those parts of life we get used to being “normal”. I look forward to seeing what normal looks like in Alaska and showcasing how that may or may not be similar in Morocco.
Students wanted to know about: life outside of school, what school is like, what popular culture is like, what the climate and weather is like, what music, sports, art, and entertainment of Morocco is like. There were some specific questions too:
- Why do they sell/have wooden shoes?
- Why do men wear pants underneath robes and why do men have headwear?
- Why do the country/village people wear clothing that has a lot of patterns?
- Why do people eat dinner 9 at night?
- What do Moroccan people do for fun on the weekends and what are some traditions?
- Why do women have to be covered up? What do the people think of Nike creating sports hijabs?
- Why are the walls of the souk so high up? Why are triangles and circles so common in shops, objects, and architecture?
- What are muslim people known for?
- How do Moroccan people see Americans? What is their definition of peace?
- What is being done for conservation and in order to help the planet and “be green”?
- What other animals are in Morocco? Why isn’t there a lot about the animals available on line?
Can you think of any more questions you would like to find out? Post in the commons below. Make sure your question makes sense (ask one person to read your question to see).
I liked the jewelry. Ms Carton do you always speak English there ore French?
I love the jewelry as well and I am bringing some back to showcase. I began to learn Arabic, a bit of Tamazight, and a little bit French. When I am in a new place with a different language, I find it important to try learning as much as possible. It helps me find my way around and shows respect to the local culture.
Is it really pretty in morocco???
Unbelievable. I find beauty in the simplest things and will share so much when I return
what is the population in morocco???
About 40 million people. That’s a lot. huh?
Do Cold does it get there???
It doesn’t often get below 30 degrees, which is what it is in Alaska right now. Usually it is in the 40’s for the cold times.
Do they have those old fashioned phones in morocco???
Old fashioned pay phones, yes! But they also have cell phones, too
Do they have legos in morocco???
Yes indeed they do have legos. I even went into a class where they were learning using legos!
Hey ms.carton are you having fun at Moroco.
I am having an amazing time and I can’t wait to show you what I am bringing back and share all sorts of great pictures on my experience. Someday, you too should go to Morocco!
Why do you have supper at 9:00?
That is a great question, I asked that also. In Morocco, they have 4 meals and one is in between lunch and dinner. School gets out at 6:00 and it takes a long time to cook traditional dinner. Also, they have to wait until after prayer call, which is around 8:00. Dinner is also a longer meal, meant to relax, and enjoy with family and friends. Meals can often go a few hours! It is amazing to see all the yummy foods. They serve appetizers and desert at most meals.
What time does school start there?
School starts at 8am and goes until noon. Then students go home for lunch and return at 2pm and get out at 6pm. It seems like a long day, but they seem to enjoy it and they learning all subjects in several languages.