Category Archive: History

Happy Sheep Slaughter!

Boy, oh boy.  The last 24 hours have been quite interesting.  Warning though, if you have a weak stomach, some of these pictures might make you queasy. Yesterday was Eid Al Adha, a… Continue reading

First Stop: Kasbah Des Oudaias

Kasbah, n. (Arabic: القصبة al-qaṣbah), a type of medina, Islamic city, or fortress (why, thank you Wikipedia) When Mom came to Morocco for the second time to help me on the plane, I was determined to make her my… Continue reading

This is The Kingdom of Morocco

Life in Morocco so far has been characterized by lots of false starts:  arrival during Ramadan, broken down car, bed rest, baby.  But not anymore.  We are back in full force-ish.  And I… Continue reading

A Rough Week for Dar

For those of you who keep up with international news, you may have heard about Dar’s recent armory accident.  Late on Wednesday night, I began to hear a series of explosions that I… Continue reading


Recently, I had the opportunity to participate in a language and cultural immersion program on Zanzibar island.  While only a 20 minute plane ride from Dar es Salaam, Zanzibar is culturally and politically… Continue reading

A Day in Bagamoyo

Bagamoyo is a small historic town about an hour north of Dar es Salaam.  Back in the German colonial days, Bagamoyo was a bustling port city and the capitol of German East Africa.… Continue reading