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Preparing for Ramadan

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Preparing for Ramadan
Fes, Morocco
September 15, 2007
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It was the night before Ramadan and I did not know what to expect. The manager of the couscous restaurant that I had been eating my lunches and dinners at everyday told me that they would not be serving any food for the entire month of the celebration- that I would have to find another place to eat.

So I figured that I would probably be prudent to stock up on whatever food I could. So I went around to the little food stalls that fill the function of convenient stores in the medina of Rabat and, for lack of any other choices, purchased the following items:

3- small Snickers bars
12- gross looking packaged, assembly line muffins
1- package of medium size cookies
2- packages of gross looking, but slightly less gross looking that the formentioned, muffins
3- small packages of cookies
2- 1.5 liter bottles of water
1- liter of orange juice

Then I settled in to eat my last full meal before Ramadan- 1/4 chicken, large carrots and other root-like vegetables in a soup, and a heap of couscous. This was all toped off with one pot of mint tea. I enjoyed this meal thoroughly.

This foresight came in handy. For the past three days I have almost completely subsisted off of these snacks. I need to find another food option.

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Filed under: Africa, Cities and Urban Development, Culture and Society, Food, Morocco, Religion, Travel Problems

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