From Marrakesh to Taos

Hello, salam alaykom!  It’s been a while!  The kids and I made it safely through 3 days of travel to arrive in Taos, NM.  Praise be to God. 

On July 4th we went to the little town of Arroyo Seco to see the parade.  Now, I do not exactly have patriotic fervor (fever?).  As an American born in Morocco, I have never had a strong sense of attachment or belonging to either place.  (let’s leave the identity politics essay for another post).  However, I like to think that I appreciate the good things that both countries have to offer. 

On this 4th of July, I was reminded of some of the things I appreciate about the US.

1-Organization and Order:  the parade started promptly at the scheduled time of 1pm.  People lined the street and kept orderly of their own accord.  They were rewarded by being sprayed with water from the fire engine.

2-Low key and sense of humor:  The parade floats were all home made with not a lot of fuss or money spent.  Most of them had a funny theme. 

9 thoughts on “From Marrakesh to Taos

  1. Oops, only about half of what I wrote on this post showed up. Must be this super slow computer and connection that I am using, it took me hours to write but only this much showed up. No, my list of things I like about the US is more than 2 items long, I assure you. The computer wins, I give up.

    • Thank you Elizabeth. No, sadly we won’t be in NY. Taos, NM is about as much as we can absorb, what with the kids being so small and all. Thanks for your kind words, as always.

    • Mariam, I miss you lots too. I was driving down to Santa Fe today and suddenly I really wished you were with me. Insha Allah one day we will have a vacation here together.

  2. Hey moroccomama,I’m reading your blog since your first post,your writing is very interesting,and I like your way of alternating sad stories with happy ones.By the way do you know that Morocco was the first country to recognize the independance of United States,and they have the longest unbroken treaty of trade and friendship.

    • Hey Aziz, thanks a lot. I think you were actually the very first person to comment on this blog. Thanks for your ongoing support and readership. And also for mentioning about Moroccan-American friendship. It was one of the points I tried to include in this post, but when I hit publish, strange things happened, and many things vanished.

  3. I always have heard that Taos is a neat place. I love the details that you captured with your camera, like the flag flip-flops! And the little Taos viking kid! I love your blog.

    • Thank you Mountain, Taos is a really neat place, lots of different kind of folks, hippy natural types, native americans, original hispanic community, to name just a few. The little Taos viking kid and flag face girl are my own kids. I tried to write that, but it didn’t come up when I hit publish. Thanks for your comments Mountain, I always appreciate them.

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