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Shame on you – HSHOUMA!

Hshouma in Morocco is a taboo, something we should not talk about. While walking on the streets in Casablanca and other cities, you can hear “khoya, hshouma!” (lit. “shame, bro”) when a guy does something embarassing or not socially accepted. There are hundreds of other examples when the word hshouma can be heard and used. […]

Enticing Novel “The Assembly of the Dead” by Saeida Rouass

The problem I have with books is that when the author doesn’t manage to grasp my attention during the first 5 pages – I am done. I resell or give away the book and spread the word among my friends so they don’t bother reading it. The exactly opposite thing happened to me when I […]

Discover Beni Mellal & Ifrane With Al Jazeera | The Traveller #3

What is your favorite city in Morocco? I know it’s hard to decide as Morocco offers beautiful landscapes, and there are so many wonderful cities in The Kingdom! Al Jazeera comes to help! With their Al Mosafer series you will discover the most beautiful cities of the country. The series has 4 episodes, and th […]

Discover Your African Country With Travelstart (Are You 100% Moroccan?)

“I travel not to go anywhere, but to go. I travel for travel’s sake. The great affair is to move.” ― Robert Louis Stevenson Have you ever wondered which African country suits best your personality and interests? I did! Many times. Today, thanks to Travestart and other bloggers who contributed to this project you can discover […]

Morocco vs Poland

  Sometimes it’s pretty funny to see how the same things or situations are perceived in two different ways in Poland and Morocco. I love you, my Readers, so I have to share this with you. And I love both countries equally, with their negatives and positives. I think that’s an interesting insight into cultural differences […]

10 Things That You Didn’t Know About Moroccans

Have you ever wondered what does make a Moroccan, Moroccan? Are there any things that you didn’t know but should? Here are some facts that can describe a Moroccan: #10 Moroccans pick up languages easily. I am really amazed when I hear my Moroccan friends repeating phrases in Polish. Their accent is very close to […]

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5 Amazing Moroccan Proverbs That Will make You Wiser

I have this thing with proverbs and sayings in different languages. I love to see how different they are regarding the cultural context. I’ve gathered some of the best (I am talking subjectively) Moroccan proverbs for you. First there’s the Moroccan saying followed by literal meaning and then the proper explanation. Enjoy!   Ila kan […]

Darija: What You Need To Know About Moroccan Dialect Of Arabic

Many foreigners have a hard time understanding the idea of darija. Here’re some facts that may make it easier for you to understand:)   #1 ARE THEY ARGUING?! No they are not! This language is just so far from being romantic:) #2 ARABIC VS ARABIC To my bitter disappointment my classical Arabic classes I had […]

What Is Life In Morocco Like? – Interviews With Moroccans And Foreigners

  I love hearing other people’s opinions about Morocco and generally about their experiences in different countries. It always makes me look at things from a new perspective, see the life from a different angle. I asked some of my friends and acquintances to express their mind about living in Morocco. Some answers were surprising… […]

Inspiring Moroccan Entrepreneurs And Changemakers

If you think that Morocco is only desert and camels – you are wrong. If you think Moroccans are not creative and Moroccan women are oppressed and locked up in their houses – you are so wrong! I can say that I am lucky. Thanks to my blog I met the most creative souls in the […]

Common Travel Mistakes – How NOT To Visit Morocco

This is a subjective guide for those who want to know real Morocco. If you’re a born traveler- you know what I’m talking about. All-inclusive holidays is the biggest misunderstanding for me – the easiest way to see the counterfeit country (faked for tourists;) ). Read about the most common travel mistakes and enjoy your […]

Immigration Love Story

‘Immigration is like a relationship’ – I once read. When you are still an anonymous tourist it is love at first sight, everything is beautiful. You indulge in the pleasure of discovering, doing something for the first time. You’re bewitched and nothing can ruin your happiness. Being in the new country is pure delight and […]

What You Should Know About Moroccan Weddings

Moroccan weddings are so different than Polish ones (Or I should say African/ Arabic weddings are different than European ones) If you’re invited to a Moroccan wedding you should some some things not to feel awkward during it:) I wrote a bigger article with more photos and details about the wedding. Check it here. NO […]

Natural Moroccan Beauty Products

 Morocco is a very diversified country. You can experience unbearable heat and freezing cold, meet people of different origins and religions, see mountains, swim in the sea or ocean. Morocco’s geographic variety gives an opportunity to try amazing, natural foods and cosmetic products. There are some absolute must-haves that you have to buy once you […]

Living In Morocco – Living Diversity

Morocco is the realest melting pot! A unique fusion of different religions, nations, races, languages, flavors, geographical features and much more. Each day spent here is a new discovery for me, each time I travel somewhere in Morocco I am more and more amazed: how can a country be so diversified?! It can. It’s Morocco […]

8 SIGNS YOU’RE BECOMING MOROCCAN

If you’re an expat living in Morocco for some time, a traveler who loves to absorb different cultures or simply a lover of Morocco and a good observer you undoubtedly can say what are ‘typical Moroccan things’ :) Having spent over a year in Morocco (a country that I truly love) I found myself doing […]

Moroccan Hammam (Spa) Step By Step

One thing to do in Morocco once you come here? Visit hammam and have a gommage (scrub) done! It is a culturally rich experience that will probably get an European out of their comfort zone. I went there alone for the first time, at first I felt a bit awkward because I had no idea […]

TAKING A TAXI IN MOROCCO – SURVIVAL KIT

Taking a taxi in Africa and Middle East by an European may be a #CultureShock;) I’ve heard stories about wild taxi drivers in Ivory Coast. In Turkey I’ve seen drivers like from Tokyo Drift and in Egypt I was amazed that 6 people can ride a tiny motorbike. I do my best to travel within […]

RAMADAN AMBIENCE IN MOROCCO

photo of Hassan II Mosque taken by Youssef Amaaou I was told that Ramadan is a magical period when everything changes; the busiest streets in the town are empty, the nastiest men become humble and the noisiest grandmas close their mouth. That’s absolutely true. I was also told that travelling during Ramadan is useless. That’s […]

RAMADAN IN MOROCCO – DO’S AND DON’TS

photo in the background: Youssef Amaaou Many tourists wonder what Ramadan is and why Muslims celebrate it? Here is a brief explanation of the reason and purpose of the holy month of Ramadan:) I’ll also give you some tips on what to do and what to avoid during this very special period of time. WHAT […]