Not long ago, we took a trip to Fes, one of the oldest cities in Morocco. We walked around the medina, the city walls, and an Islamic school that were all built around the year 825 A.D. It was amazing to see, but the most amazing part was that there were people living right there in the middle of this amazing, historical place. There were kids kicking a soccer ball, ladies shopping, men drinking coffee, just like every other city I’ve been to in Morocco.
We don’t live in quite as historic of a setting, but we still live in a city where donkeys pull carts down the street, meat hangs outside of butcher shops and vegetables are sold by farmers more often than by supermarkets. This type of setting is amazing for my children. I love the fact that they can recognize city walls, they know that meat comes from cows (and sheep and chickens) and that everything and anything can be bought at the souk – including a live chicken that will not be live when you leave! They know that the man saying “eeep” outside is looking for something to buy and the sound of a man calling “Allah Akbar” over a loud speaker means it is time for prayers. Since we moved here, we have seen ruins and plazas and other amazing things that they wouldn’t have gotten to see otherwise. Having this kind of background knowledge will be an asset for my children.