I am a teacher at an American school in Casablanca, Morocco, and have just graduated from college in the U.S.  I spent last summer and fall in Morocco studying Arabic in Rabat and then enrolling in Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane as an exchange student.  The last time I was in Morocco, I learned valuable lessons such as how to make juice out of bananas and avocados and how to relax and not worry that nothing seems to happen on time.  I started eating meat after seventeen years of vegetarianism, and fasted during Ramadan to better understand the meaning of the holy month.  This time around, I hope to improve my language skills, both speaking and teaching, and to start showing up late to things myself.


Morocco Mall, the biggest mall in Africa

(You can tell it’s fancy because it has trees growing on the inside)

If you are unfamiliar with the movie Casablanca, the title and byline are references to quotes from the movie 🙂

My blog from my first year in Morocco: http://amideastabroad.wordpress.com/aui-correspondent/

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  1. Hello,

    Hope you’re well and apologies to disturb you with this message, but did anyone already got in touch with you regarding the TV show HOUSE HUNTERS INTERNATIONAL?

    We’re currently casting people who move abroad and have a bit of a story to tell and coming across your blog, I thought of you.

    About House Hunters International

    House Hunters International (HHI) is a half-hour travel/documentary format program
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    The series is designed to showcase beautiful locations and homes around the world.
    We go behind the scenes of the house hunter as a local real estate agent and their newly
    relocated clients tour three potential homes. At the end of the episode, the house
    hunters choose one of the properties and we see them enjoying life in their new home
    and new country.
    House Hunters International is aired on the Home and Garden Television Network in the
    United States and distributed worldwide by the Fine Living Network. As of October
    2010, HGTV is receivable in 99,637,000 US households, up more than eight hundred
    thousand over October 2009.


    Would love to chat with you about your moving to Morocco experience.



  2. Thank you for following my blog, Eleanor. I’m reciprocating and have also left a comment for you on the expat site (I’m there too – the only one in Ras Al Khaimah, UAE). 🙂

  3. Hi Eleanor–I want to thank you for wanting to follow along on cookiecrumbstoliveby—otherwise known as the musing of a retired educator 🙂
    Your adventures of living and teaching in Morocco sound both eye opening and life changing. What a wonderful opportunity!! I have taught many muslim students—I think its great that you get to be the visitor to their world–thus providing a deeper insight.
    Again thank you and many blessing to you on your adventure–

  4. Hi there,
    Thank you for taking the time to stop by and check out my little corner of the blogosphere and the follow, your support is greatly appreciated. Looking forward to seeing more from you 🙂

    Have a great day,


  5. Hi! I am a Chinese student who came to US years ago. Right now, I am a college student in Binghamton University and studying Arabic. This December, I plan to go to Al Akhawayn University in Ifrane for study abroad program. Because I am a Christian, I want to find a church in Ifrane. Do you know any church there? Thank you so much!

    • Yes, there is a church for the university community in Ifrane. It’s a wonderful church to be a part of and is made up of a very diverse group of people. I learned a lot from being a part of it when I was at AUI. I hope you have a great time!

  6. Hello, Eleanor.

    How have you been? It’s been some time…a year it seems, or more! I saw you subscribed to the word press I just started. I enjoyed reading some of your entries.

    It’s nice to see you’re doing well. I’m curious about how you started teaching abroad. I’m looking into opportunities to do that at this point.

    Hope you have a pleasant day. 🙂


    • Hi Anthony,
      It’s nice to hear from you! It has been a long time…I hope you’re doing well too. I started teaching by tutoring refugees in Chicago, and wanted to return to Morocco after studying at a Moroccan university my fourth year. Are you still in Chicago? What are you doing these days?
      🙂 Eleanor

      • Hi Eleanor,

        Yes, I’m still in Chicago. I was working for a business advisory firm for a year, and recently quit. I’d like to get into teaching English because it’s something I think I would enjoy and would be good at. How did you start teaching refugees in Chicago first? That seems like a good starting point.

        Other than that I’ve been working my tail off, really. The winter here was so much, it kept everyone in for months. I’ve enjoyed living by myself and keeping a nice apartment outside of Hyde Park for a year, but it’s time for a transition period for me.


  7. Hey, randomly stumbled across your blog, and I’m enjoying it so far. Good stuff! 🙂 I just returned from a semester at AUI myself – for a small school, it’s got a big network!

  8. Hey! I recently stumbled upon your blog and absolutely love it! I’m an American expat who’s actually considering moving to Casablanca for a job. Would you be willing to answer some questions? Thanks!! (my e-mail is vgb691@gmail.com if you’d rather chat there!)

  9. Hello there!

    My name is Imogen Kars and I am a journalism student in Australia. I visited Morocco a few months ago and absolutely adored it and the people and have a really keen interest in it. I am writing a feature about it for a magazine and I would love to be able to ask you some questions about your life there. I really admire you for moving to such a different, beautiful place. I hope you are having a wonderful night. If you would like you can email me at imikars@gmail.com

    Thank you ever so much,
    Imogen Kars

  10. I’ve enjoyed looking through your posts on Morocco — what a fascinating time you have had making observations and immersing yourself in the culture. Thanks for following Oh, the Places We See. We are not as fortunate as you — we rarely spend much time in any one country. But I can also understand why you wrote a post on leaving Morocco — it’s the same reason you came: you want so much from life, and you’re going to see it and do it! You have my respect, for sure.

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