Sunday, November 6, 2011

Our Shipment + Eid

We've been out of pocket this week because our stuff got here.  Hip, Hip, Hooray!  The past few weeks we have been so looking forward to this and now that it's here we are totally overwhelmed.  Not only is there so much work to do, but we are feeling like spoiled Americans (and we didn't even pack anywhere near our weight limit).  Hopefully we can go through our things over the next two years and leave a lot of it with our new friends.

How many Moroccans does it take to open a shipping container?

By far the most exciting is the arrival of our car!  We are not encouraged to use public transportation in our city, and with the embassy several miles away it has been a challenge to have one car.

Yeah, we were pretty comfortable with the rickety pieces of wood they used to unload the car.

In other news, we have a 4 day weekend because Monday and Tuesday are Eid, the biggest Muslim holiday of the year.  For Eid EVERY family buys a sheep to sacrifice, cook, and eat.  This means sheep everywhere, in pens outside the grocery stores, in taxi trunks, and on top of apartment buildings.  They cost roughly $140.

This pen is outside one of the grocery stores we frequent.
It's funny because it has felt like the Christmas season around here.  Not only did the weather turn cold, but everyone is excited, rushing around doing their Eid shopping and thinking of gifts.  For our part (and most of our colleagues) we are hunkered down at the house resting and trying to avoid the smell of roasting sheep lingering throughout the city.

Be back soon!


  1. Love the pictures. So glad you got your shipment! I completely remember watching a goat being stuffed into the trunk of a car at the market one day. Eid Mubarak!

  2. I love the posts-- very interesting-- but, do you realize that you have not posted a pic of a grandbaby in FIVE posts?

  3. We just read about the Riffi Berbers who live in Morroco this morning in school and the book mentioned Eid and the sheep sacrifice! Pretty cool to come here and see a pic of the sheep!

    Glad your things have arrived!

  4. Loving the updates! Your posts always make me laugh :-) Tried commenting on your CDG post but it's being difficult - was going to say I think all French airports are a disaster ... Maybe fly the long way home?!