12 February 2016

Meandering in Morocco: The American Legation Museum in Tangier

After Chefchaouen, I took a bus to Tangier to go north. It was a relatively short bus ride, just about 3 hours, and by sunset I arrived in the city. I found my hotel, and spent the next three nights there just chilling around. I originally planned on using Tangier as a base for doing daytrips around the region, but I guess after spending two weeks already going all over the country, I also wanted to just slow down and chill and relax. So instead of going all over the place, I just explored Tangier, walking all over, exploring its numerous cafes and just going slow, reading my book. One thing, however, which I visited, was the American Legation Museum in Tangier.

10 February 2016

The American Supermarket Culture Shock

Last month I was in the United States again. I was hanging out with my sister in upstate New York. We went grocery shopping, and man, I was culture shocked. Heck, I have lived in the United States for 7 years in Buffalo, and a couple more years in other locations. And yet, after living in Berlin for 3 years now, I guess I have gotten used to the European way of doing things, and so when I was in the supermarkets in the USA, I was shocked.

Everything was just big!

08 February 2016

Meandering in Morocco: Chefchaouen

After spending a couple of days in Fes, we moved further north. We took a bus one early morning to arrive in Chefchaouen, a very pretty town in the middle of the Rif Mountains. This town happens to be the last town that my partner and I visited together in Morocco: after this, he would take a bus to go to Casablanca while I would head over to Tangier.

06 February 2016

Book Review: Captains of the Sands by Jorge Amado

A blog reader from Brazil (Hi Renan!) once recommended me this novel a long time ago. Though I haven't forgotten it, my reading list was rather long and therefore it took a little bit of time to get to it. However, almost a year later, I have finally read this, and I have to say that it provides a very good literary preview of Brazil. After all, I asked for recommendations for books that would provide me a narrative that was set in Brazil. As I haven't been to Brazil at all, reading about it is the next best thing to do in order to get an image of the country. So I started with this book.

What is this book about?

This is a book about street children in Bahia. I don't remember which city it actually was, but come to think of it, they refer to it as Bahia, which most probably refers to the capital of the State of Bahia, Salvador. The Captains of the Sands is a collection of teenage children who are street criminals: they rob people, they have plenty of modus operandi to basically relieve rich people of their belongings. In a sense, this book is like Robin Hood or Oliver Twist, with the main characters being members of society's undesirable sub-group. In this book, the Captains of the Sands are led by Pedro Bala, but there are several other characters, and the book doesn't really focus on one character, but rather, takes the collection of children as a whole as the focus, jumping from one child's story to the next.

04 February 2016

Meandering in Morocco: Médersa Bou Inania

Even though we spent two days in Fes, I didn't take too many photos. Like I said, the city was on holiday and therefore things were closed, but also because Fes is more a place to experience, as opposed to a place to take photos of. The dust, the chaos, the activity, these things are just hard to capture on film. At least that's how I see it. Regardless, there are a few things that we did see which I took photos of, such as the Médersa Bou Inania.