The Kingdom of Morocco. Land of the sun drenched Sahara and snow capped peaks of the Atlas Mountains. Wedged between Europe, Africa and the Middle East, Morocco has served as the crossroads of countless cultures for well over three thousand years, and was the very first country to recognize the United States as an independent nation.
Once the farthest outpost of the Roman Empire, Morocco has undergone many transformations, and is home to a fiercely independent people with one foot steeped in timeless traditions and another firmly placed in the globalized world. At the heart of the Moroccan civilization beats the Islamic call to prayer, and this melting pot of many cultures has beckoned and beguiled international travelers since ancient Greece.
This blog is one traveler’s account of his time in Morocco as a Peace Corps Volunteer in the years following the Arab Spring Movement. One of our goals as the amateur ambassadors of the American people is to share stories with friends and families back home in order provide a better understanding of the people we serve. This will be a collection of observations concerning the curiosities of my host country. Together we will explore its history, culture, religion, language, government and more.
I hope that you will join me on this journey to discover l’Magrheb – the Kingdom of Morocco.