In the villages of the High Atlas Mountains in the south, these winter months are the perfect time for weaving thick striped blankets called ahandir, and plush, bright carpets called tazarbit. It’s a time for drinking hot, flavorful soup, aharira, for breakfast, and gathering with family as the sun goes down in the late afternoon. With such an intimate relationship to the land and the climate, the tone is the village is of rest and reflection.
I remember my first winter in Morocco as a Peace Corps Volunteer. In a small village outside of Azrou in northern Morocco, I would huddle around the wood stove in the living room with my host family, all piled under blankets, and drinking steaming hot mint tea. I laugh as I think of our clothes hanging from every odd hook throughout the room. We would wash clothes at the river, but they would frozen if we left them outside overnight, so we’d bring them inside, allowing them to quickly dry from the warmth of the fire.
Soon enough the seasons will change, and Ainabi Tours will travel to Morocco for our June 2013 Tour. Then, we will enjoy sunny beaches, fertile fields, and bustling cities. To find out more about Morocco, and how you can join us to experience its incredible terrain and generous people, visit our Ainabi Tours 2013 Registration page.
Ainabi Tours is a family run project offering annual semi-private tours to Morocco, as well as tour planning throughout the year. Directed by Brahim Ainabi, a native of the Dades Gorge, and his wife, Sarah Young, a former Peace Corps Volunteer in Morocco, Ainabi Tours specializes in tours of southern Morocco, from the beaches of Essaouira to the deserts of Merzouga. Brahim and Sarah are dedicated to providing well-organized, custom-designed tours that offer a balance of popular tourist attractions with activities in local communities. For our June 2013 Tour, we are excited to be partnering with our friend, Ann Robideaux, a world traveler who has organized numerous trips abroad and has lived and worked around the world.