Photos of Our New Home

We’re finally settled in our temporary home here in Essaouira. All has gone well, though I’m struggling with a bit of gastroenteritis-related unpleasantness. It’s to be expected when visiting the developing world and hopefully will, uh, pass, in the next couple of days.

We’re very happy with our little riad. Technically speaking it has five levels–three floors around a central courtyard and two terraces. The wifi works like a charm, and we’re going to go see ‘the wood man’ later in the week. He’s going to make us a very simple wooden desk where we’ll work for the next two months.

Things should get back to normal around this site in the next couple of days. In the meantime, here are some photos of our riad. I was also fond of this odd tin of ’email synthetique’. We could all use some of that, occasionally. But how do I apply it?

Email Synthetique


  1. Darren, if you have a moment, can you find out what music that is on your new home’s webpage is? Awesome stuff.

  2. The terms “email” or “emailer” (roughly “lacquer” and “to lacquer” in French) were one reason I resisted switching from “e-mail” with the hyphen for so long. But I gave in eventually.

  3. Can I ask a Morocco question?

    Have you seen or tasted Ras-El-Hanout?

    It’s a spice listed in a tagine recipe I have, and I’ve never tried it or seen it in a store.


  4. Lisa: Er, no joy yet, but we haven’t spent much time in the ol’ spice souk. I’ll let you know if I come up with anything.

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