Mohammed examining and enjoying his mint tea – Fes, Morocco

I have visited Mohammed – a shop owner in the Fes medina – and his sister Coca countless times and have enjoyed getting to know him and his family better throughout the past two years.  We have battled numerous times over “universal prices” on his rugs and blankets, though we always part on good terms and are happy to see one another on my return trips to Fes. 

Sidi Moumen Cultural Center – Casablanca, Morocco

Last month V asked if I would like to join her and a crew of her colleagues in a trip to Casablanca to visit the Sidi Moumen Cultural Center.  I was already familiar with the center and some of the difficulties that kids in the area have faced and jumped at the chance to visit the center.  The cultural center is located within Sidi Moumen, an area once host to seemingly endless expanses of life below the poverty line and rampant crime.  The area gained international notoriety after the 2003 and 2007 terrorist attacks in Casablanca, as poor young men…

Barbary Apes in the Cedar Forest – Azrou, Morocco

One of the many Barbary apes living in the cedar forest atop Azrou, Morocco.  The Barbary ape, or macaque, is a monkey that lives in North Africa and Gibraltar and can be found hanging out close to the road just south of Azrou.  The Barbrary apes were social (though I wouldn’t invite them home for dinner, let alone near your open car) and aside from one sitting on my windshield and smearing his butt all over the glass, they were as nice as one could hope for.

United States Attorney General Eric Holder – Marrakech & Rabat, Morocco

As I alluded to earlier, I recently completed a multi-day assignment and am thrilled to share the results.  I covered United States Attorney General Eric Holder’s visit to Morocco where he attended and spoke at the Arab Forum on Asset Recovery and met with numerous local officials. I met Attorney General Holder’s advance team prior to his arrival and received my assignment as well as motorcade schedule.  (“Motorcade schedule” = “AWESOME / is this really happening?”)  My assignment was a mix of introductions / hand-shakes, candid images and coverage of speeches and press conferences.  Attorney General Holder’s first appointments were…