A few years ago I was watching a music video by U2 of the song Magnificent.
It caught my eye that this was filmed in what looked like a middle eastern city, the floors, carpets, mosaics and ancient buildings looked attractive, so when I researched where it was, it turns out it was done in Fez Morocco.
Whilst out in the ministry field, I learned that some of my Israeli friends had Moroccan background, several of them also speak Arabic in addition to Hebrew. Some had used France as a stepping stone before coming to Israel, as they had migrated twice, deeming France not a satisfying place to settle.
Looking on the news there is horrendous antisemitism in Europe, specifically France in recent years. I’ve read there are some countries that used to have Jews such as Iraq, Iran and Yemen, which only a tiny handful remain. In addition to this I was curious to know about Morocco and how other religious groups could live in a community which is predominantly Islamic.
I like cooking. I think Couscous is underated, and done right it can be more interesting than rice for a meal. There is lots of good food out of this country, I’m used to a Mediterranean diet and middle eastern cooking too.
The buildings look absolutely phemonal. I decided I have to visit this country. Many of the budget airlines go there, but I wondered it would be a bit crazy to get a boat over from Spain and also see Gibraltar….
so here marks my first journey to the African continent…..
Next 2. Spain, the bottom of Europe and the rock of Gibraltar