Last thursday and friday were Moroccan Independance day, so the university was closed. Friday morning I got onto the train and went to Fes. Previously, I had left all of my heavy books and two delicate lanterns there because I didn’t want to schlep them all the way on the train. So I went to retrieve my stuff.
Friday night I crased on my friend’s couch and drank beer and watched The Office. It’s amazing, but I feel really at home in Fes than I do anywhere else. I think I might know more places to go here than in Philly. Saturday, I went shopping in the medina. My friend and I stopped the same Sufi guy’s store that I’ve written about previously. The one who spoke to us for and hour and was super nice. The same thing this time! He remembered my name and invited us to his house for dinner sometime.
Saturday night I got to see my other friend’s new house in the medina. These houses fascinate me. I now know at least 4 people renting houses there, and I am seriously considering drawing up floor plans the next time I visit them. The houses are amazing and I just want to know everything I can about them. For instance, David Amster’s site at Houseinfes.com has a pile of data on them.
Toay at the University, I gave an hour long presentation about my project in French. They seemed to understand all right, which means that I am an aesome king of languages. Pfft.
Also, I have figured out how to write arabic letters on my computer. Taking my notes and the three textbooks I have an re-writing the notes and stuff in my own language will be an excellent way to study. I could also, theoretically, publish it (on the internet if nowhere else) as a layman’s grammar textbook. I even know what I would call it. Other books are called MRRHABA (welcome) or LABASS (how are you?) Mine will be called SHNOO THE HELL IS GOING ON IN HNA? I can’t teach grammar better than other people. But I can tell it with substantially more hilarity.
I’ve checked and can’t quite get a clear answer: does anyone know if it is legal or illegal to bring genuine ivory into the US? Like, ivory from elephant faces? No reason, uh, just curious.